Scientists are still piecing together the puzzle of how the brain works.
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A bioengineer explains how a clearer picture of brain structure and function may fine-tune the ways brain surgery attempts to correct structure and medication tries to correct function.
Our sense of self depends on understanding how others think about the world.
How does the brain distinguish between the "self" and the "other"? A new study gives a clue.
fNIRS can be done at a patient’s bedside.
By imagining a unique scenario to answer "yes" or "no" questions, this research could potentially be used to communicate with locked-in patients.
The scientific understanding of our internal experiences is changing and it now seems likely that 'Christmas cheer' may be an emotion in itself.
It gets easier with practice.
Despite its huge complexity, your brain directs its neural traffic in relatively straightforward ways when approaching cognitively demanding tasks such as puzzles.
What kind of curious are you? Scientists explore different types of curiosity and their home in the brain.
Scientists explain why commercial gene testing should be used with caution.
Brain scans from three 'radicals'. © Nafees Hamid and Clara Pretus
The process of radicalisation is a complex system that cannot be reduced to the brain, behaviour, or environment. It exists at the intersection of all these elements.
Researchers have identified which part of the brain helps us understand and respond to social interactions.
The answer has long eluded scientists.
Creative people seem to possess a unique connection between three brain networks that typically work separately.
Harmful tau protein spreads through networks.
Harmful proteins spread between connected neurons much like flu spreads through a social network. The finding may provide future opportunities for halting Alzheimer’s.
Baby's brains have special activity to help them develop – now researchers have found where some of this happens.
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.
Sir Peter Mansfield - even better than a rocket scientist.
University of Nottingham
While Peter Mansfield didn’t have the career as a rocket scientist he craved, his contribution to humanity has been immense.
The brain during memory tasks.
fMRI brain scans are coming frighteningly close to opening a window into our thoughts.
Our language abilities are enabled by a co-ordinated network of brain regions that have evolved to give humans a sophisticated ability to communicate.
When you read this text, certain regions in your brain begin working more than others. Advanced imaging allows scientists to map the brain networks responsible for understanding language.
Just. So. Sleepy.
Performance changes if you stay awake over two days – but not in the linear way you might expect.
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.
Consciousness remains one of the most puzzling phenomena in science.
Consciousness is one of the most puzzling phenomena in science. How does the electric and chemical activity in your brain produce your subjective experiences; the colour red or the taste of chocolate?
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.