Doctors currently have no perfectly reliable way of ensuring patients are adequately unconscious before an operation begins.
Measuring certain kinds of brain activity may help doctors track and predict how patients will react to anaesthesia before going under for surgery, our research has found.
Neuroscience offers hope for developing new treatments for Parkinson’s disease.
Although developments in neuroscience is on the brink of offering hope for millions of Parkinson's disease sufferers, currently there is no cure.
Let’s do this! But what exactly do we upload?
The endeavor assumes that computers could manage billions of billions of cerebral connections. Alas, that's not happening anytime soon.
Our bodies set some requirements for what it would mean to upload our brains.
Uploading one's mind to a computer in order to attain digital immortality has long been the fantasy of geeks and billionaires. So what's stopping us?
External enhancements of memory may soon go high-tech.
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Could the not-too-distant future hold "brain chip" technologies that we could all use to enhance our memories to the point of perfection? Not so fast: there are big benefits to forgetting.
Damn you, dopamine.
Dopamine: a powerful substance that is much more than just a pleasure chemical.
A new study of the brain structure of schizophrenics has revealed an important clue that could help treat hallucinations.
Your brain scan told me your mind would wander.
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Particular parts of an individual's brain tend to work together on certain tasks. Researchers can look at these patterns of "functional connectivity" to predict traits – like the ability to pay attention.
My friend recently asked me: “Why have I become so forgetful since I became pregnant?” I told her I didn’t know, but that I’d look into it. She then followed with: “I was going to ask you to explain something…
You see with your brain, not just your eyes.
Sure, your eyes are crucial for seeing the world around you. But it's your brain that does the really hard vision work.
When we speak of writer’s block, we may actually be talking about a ‘creation block’.
The dreaded blank page haunts every writer. But what happens in your brain when you run dry? And, more importantly, what – if anything – can be done about it?
Don’t forget the genes!
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It's time for neurons to share the glory. Gene activity isn't just a background utility of the brain, but an integral part of its operation.
I knew that brain was yours.
Emily S Finn
Typically, researchers pool a bunch of brain scans to figure out the average way brains handle certain tasks. Instead, could they pick out individual brain profiles from a stack of 126 people's scans?
Brains are physical organs, but also the seat of something essential about us.
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New technologies bring questions that have belonged to the abstract realm of philosophers into concrete focus. Why do medical interventions in the brain feel different than those elsewhere in the body?
Some argue that morality is everywhere, or maybe nowhere, in our brain.
There's no single region in the brain responsible for all moral decision making. But neuroscience research has shown specific brain regions are involved when we're faced with moral dilemmas.
Mysteries of the mind.
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Oliver Sacks, the celebrated neurologic storyteller who died at the end of August at age 82, once described himself as “strongly atheist by disposition.” Sacks could write sensitively about religion, including…
Even in a dreary office, by understanding how your brain works you can change how it feels to be there.
In many of the workplaces I visit as a neuroscientist, stressed workers behave much like addicted lab rats. But you don't have to quit the rat race to start feeling better at work.
Melancholia may be a distinct type of depression, with its own clinical signs and symptoms.
Melancholia has a strong genetic contribution, so it's largely biologically underpinned rather than caused by social factors (stressors) or psychological factors, such as personality style.
How does our brain remember things: ask a mathematician.
Biology can only tell you so much about the workings of the brain. To understand how we think and remember things you need he help of a mathematician.
Scientists have discovered that a single gene may reveal a weakness in the development of schizophrenia that could help doctors prevent the condition.