The modern world is a complex place, even if we don’t think it is.
Humans have limited ability to understand complexity, but there are serious dangers if we oversimplify things too much.
Can plants really think?
A new study appears to show plants can learn from experience and choose a response. This raises some intriguing questions about the possibility of plant cognition.
Glioblastomas are often resistant to the one type of drug that breaks the blood-brain barrier.
Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that has a very poor prognosis. Despite the current best therapies half its sufferers survive for 15 months and less than 5% are alive after 5 years.
Running causes new brain cells to grow. But why does this happen? What is the evolutionary advantage?
Pretty much all of our perception is an illusion, whether we’re walking down the street or attempting to decode the latest card trick.
You won’t be able to rely on this study to justify your chocolate binges.
Everyone loves a study that turns one of our favourite vices into a health benefit. Before you reach for a Mars bar or a Dairy Milk, let's take a step back.
Vanuatuans live in one of the world’s most diverse linguistic environments.
Studying diverse languages gives us invaluable insights into human cognition but more become endangered every month.
Anthocyanins, which provide the red, blue and purple pigments, may help protect against cognitive decline.
As well as being a favourite seasonal fruit, a bioactive compound found in cherries is showing promising effects for brain health.
We’re more likely to recall memories and information we’ve used frequently rather than those obtained at a particular age.
People with dementia judge the passage of time differently, and can access remote memories from many decades ago while being unable to remember events of the past few hours.
The difference between “real” time, measured by clocks, and our own sense of time can sometimes seem enormous.
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While few will dispute that a minute comprises 60 seconds, the perception of time can vary dramatically from person to person and from one situation to the next. Time can race, or it can drag.
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…
There’s no one universal ‘intelligence gene’ but many thousands each contributing a small increment – and here are three.
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Intelligence, cognitive ability or cognitive performance is usually measured by a battery of tests that aim to quantify skills such as memory and analytical ability. There is loads of variation between…
I’m not old by any means, but I’ve become a little more forgetful lately. This morning I poured myself a thermos of coffee and left for lab, abandoning it on the kitchen counter. I nearly forgot about…
I hate cramming for exams.
Snails, like all animals, need to remember – what is good or bad to eat, what might be trying to eat them, and who they recently mated with. All of these things can prove extremely important in the fight…
Three to four-month-old human infants respond to primate calls in the same way as to human language. Research from the US…