General anaesthesia has come a long way since its first public demonstration in the 19th century, depicted here.
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Terrifying accounts of surgery 200 years ago remind us how far general anaesthesia has come. Yet we still know little about how anaesthetics alter consciousness.
The brain’s structural network. The hubs of this network continue to develop during adolescence.
The human brain develops rapidly between the ages of 14 and 24.
Recent research suggests running allows the brain to rest and reduces the need for sleep.
Once you've been dishonest, it's harder to stop – here's why.
We might think our technological innovations are driving us towards a cyborg future, but is it the brain doing all the work?
Just. So. Sleepy.
Performance changes if you stay awake over two days – but not in the linear way you might expect.
The appliance of science.
Doctors are working to reconnect the brain to paralysed limbs.
Tinkering with the brain to ease the mind.
Will a bit of brain stimulation to lift our spirits ahead of a night out be commonplace in the future?
‘Receiving you loud and clear.’
Our heads are like radio receivers, and they can tune in to various different channels.
Warning: gross but highly sharable pictures of holes that might fill you with disgust.
A new study of the brain structure of schizophrenics has revealed an important clue that could help treat hallucinations.
Nobody’s perfect – not you, and not your kids. And that’s OK.
Feeling guilty and out of your depth as a parent? You're not alone – and there are ways to turn the guilt you're feeling into positive changes for your family.
What’s happening in world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s brain?
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Music is good for the brain – and we're now discovering how it helps our cognition.
'Place cells' in the hippocampus are thought to guide us through our space but they may play a part in helping us to imagine future scenarios.
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When you sleep your brain consolidates memory and encodes experiences. A recent study sought to show how this was happening.
Still got it.
In some ways the human brain is like a well-oiled car engine, purring along without being noticed, until something goes awry. Neuro-imaging techniques such as electroencephalogram (EEG) or fMRI – which…
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Why does it take so long for human children to grow up? A male chimp and male human, for example, both end up with the same body weight but they grow very differently: at year one the human weighs twice…
Brains exist in a dynamic bidirectional interplay with our bodies, and this has major implications for the health of both.
I don’t want to sound too cynical, but recent research findings in dementia seem hard to believe. A study of over 1,000 people has found people who scored higher on a measure of cynicism during late life…
The area of the brain that controls spatial attention may not be affected by aging, a recent study has found. Dr Joanna Brooks…
Your instinct not to trust some people is an evolutionary response to keep you safe.
The part of the brain responsible for the fight-or-flight response also plays a key role in unconsciously processing a face’s…