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.
Don’t think the surgery worked.
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Science fiction can't become science fact if neuroscientists are to carry out some daring surgery.
Dire predictions on the future of children’s brains are shocking, not least because of how flimsy the evidence is to support these views.
Baseless claims about the damage done to kids' development create needless panic. And they distract from legitimate, evidence-based concerns with which parents need to engage.
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.
Dreams and their purpose have been one of the enduring mysteries of sleep.
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Brain activity during the dreaming phase of sleep is remarkably similar to brain activity when we're awake and processing new visual images, new research shows.
Sucking all the fun out of life.
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Here's how the Psychoactive Substances Bill will stand in the way of human flourishing.
New evidence shows going back to a problem after sleeping gives your brain a chance to process the information it needs to solve it.
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.
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.
Leaders need to show followers they're with them, but that's no guarantee they will get everyone's support.
One of the psychadelic nightmares generated by Google’s Inceptionism system.
Google's image recognition project has not only generated some disturbing images but also tells us something about how we humans identify objects we see.
Getting hitched, or stitched up?
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Just because using 'science' to arrange marriages will entertain a TV audience, doesn't make it ethical.
Sophia being ‘protected’.
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Solitary is used as a punishment but it doesn't make for better prisoners.
'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.