Neuroscience shows the brain’s reward centres are activated by certain packaging.
No wonder we're addicted to junk food. Neuroscience shows food packaging affects our enjoyment of these foods, and plays on the same brain processes as hard drug addiction.
We have inner conversations all the time, so what difference does it make if we have them out loud?
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What you say may matter more than how you say it.
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.
Human brain illustrated with interconnected small nerves.
Study shows that multiple body parts can make use of the brain's 'hand area' in people with only one hand.
About half of studies of some types of brain stimulation cannot be reproduced. So, how do we know if these work?
Electrical brain stimulation is used to treat a range of conditions, from depression to epilepsy. But how confident can we be that it works?
Scientists are only starting to uncover the mysteries of laughter.
Laughing at inappropriate moments could be an early sign of dementia, while injury to the front part of the brain could make you lose your sense of sarcasm.
A Pirahã family.
From the Amazon to Nicaragua, there are humans who never learn numbers. What can these anumeric cultures teach us about ourselves?
On the count of three, you will forget this ever happened.
A review of studies in psychology and neuroscience shows we are well on the way to understanding what goes on in our brains when we are hypnotised.
This episode of The Anthill podcast delves into the world of memory. We talk to psychologists, historians and political scientists about how and why we remember some things and forget others.
Enzymes, the catalysts of biology, can engulf and break down hundreds of nerve agent molecules per second.
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Scientists invented chemical weapons; some are now working to destroy them. New biomolecular design techniques let researchers design proteins that can destroy nerve agents in bodies.
A noninvasive brain-computer interface based on EEG recordings from the scalp.
Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), Photo by Mark Stone
Brain-computer interfacing is a hot topic in the tech world, with Elon Musk's announcement of his new Neuralink startup. Here, researchers separate what's science from what's currently still fiction.
Talking therapy or antidepressants? An MRI scan could reveal what would work for you.
Has neuroscience been on the wrong track for centuries?
There's both money and prestige invested in the simple idea that different brain areas are responsible for certain functions. But that doesn't make it true.
They shoot, they score ... if there's a sugary reward at the end of it.
There’s got to be a perfectly logical explanation for this.
Millions of people claim to have had encounters with aliens, but most can be explained by psychology rather than UFOs.
A patient who suffered a traumatic brain injury works with a therapist.
Neuroscience can now make a difference in the lives of people with severe brain injury, but will they get the care they deserve? More than a question of entitlements, this is an issue of civil rights.
The hormone oestrogen may play a role in a woman’s ability to perform two tasks at the same time.
In men and older women, a complicated thinking test appeared to overwhelm the part of the brain also responsible for moving one of their arms. They could only do one or the other.
Bulimia is a debilitating condition.
Can new ways of using electric currents to stimulate the brain help reduce symptoms of one of the most debilitating eating disorders?
Three stories about researchers who have dabbled in self-experimentation – with varying results.
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Trump supporters celebrating.
The more we have to defend our choice to others, the more certain we become that we are right. So what can we do about it?