A discipline neither good nor evil.
Saturday Evening Post/Harris A. Ewing
Maybe you think neuroscience has a peaceable history of benign efforts to improve lives and enhance human capacities. But its origins and development tell a different story – with ethical implications.
Recent research suggests running allows the brain to rest and reduces the need for sleep.
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When human contact is cut off, the brain begins to act in strange ways to preserve its sanity.
Whoever wins the US presidential election will have to govern for the whole of the country.
Insights from psychology, neuroscience, economics and political science on how the incoming president might move people from the extreme right or left of the political spectrum to a sociable centre.
Changes in arousal can alter introspective confidence.
Scientists are increasingly working out that the body actually shapes the mind. New research even raises hopes about new treatments for mental health problems.
Imagine, if you will…
Why is figurative language more powerful – and what feelings exactly does it stir in an audience?
The brain doesn’t cause lying.
A recent study suggested that the brain becomes accustomed to lying, making people merely puppets of their brains. That's too simple an explanation – and one that lets liars off the hook.
FMRI scan during working memory tasks.
John Graner, Neuroimaging Department, National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 8901 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20889, USA
Science has shown that women are better at nurturing and men are better at logic. Or has it?
Heavy drinking can cause brain changes that make you want to drink more.
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Heavy drinking causes brain changes that make you want to drink more. But using a virus to deliver a gene into specific neurons in the brain may be a way to mitigate those changes.
One of Newcastle’s macaque monkeys.
Without research on primates, we wouldn't be able to understand the human brain – or repair it.
Healthy people can have visual hallucinations after taking drugs, being sleep deprived or suffering migraines.
Our study published this week shows a new method to induce and measure visual hallucinations in anyone at any time.
While AI seems unstoppable, our improved understanding of human brains is levelling the playing field for now.
Our brain’s ability to strengthen or make new connections to adapt and change allows us to acquire new skills.
If you are a ballet dancer or gymnast, a watch-maker or surgeon, your brain connections in the motor system will differ depending on your skills for fine movements in different parts of your body.
Our mood is a transient frame of mind that influences how we think and view the world.
Many regions fundamental to mood are buried deep in the most primordial parts of the brain; that is, they are thought to have been among the first brain regions to develop in the human species.
Most functions attributed to the soul can be explained by the brain.
Many people believe they have a soul. But for psychologists, who study behaviour, it is not so much that souls do not exist, it is that there is no need for them.
Now’s the time to think about what we’re getting into with neurotechnologies.
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How will neurotech evolve? An NAS workshop this week focuses on social and ethical opportunities and challenges we face both now and down the road.
Welcome to the world of cloths and materials that change depending on your mood.
Spine-tingling or simply scary?
Are you impulsive and easily bored? You may be a thrill seeker.
Phantom limb effect: when the mind still sees what isn’t there.
NCD/University of Oxford
Even decades after amputation, the brain is still structured as if the hand were there, casting new light on 'phantom limb' phenomenon.
A team of American researchers have mapped the cerebral cortex into 180 distinct regions.
Neuroscientists analysed the brains of 210 healthy young adults. The result was a modern atlas of the human brain, 97 areas of which have never been described before.