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.
Red quantum dots glow inside a rat brain cell.
Nanoscale Advances, 2019, 1, 3424 - 3442
These tiny nanoparticles might provide a new way to see what's happening in the brain and even deliver treatments to specific cells – if researchers figure out how to use them safely and effectively.
Scientists explain why commercial gene testing should be used with caution.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) and Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (42) collide during an NFL divisional playoff football game, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
A standard clinical MRI is not sensitive to the distributed and microscopic injuries in a concussed brain. But new discoveries are in the pipeline.
Neuroscientists require images to understand what’s happening in the brain.
Take a look at some of the amazing neuroscience images out of the Queensland Brain Institute this year.
When rain from Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston and surrounding areas, some people were more eager to volunteer than others.
Caring about someone you have never met, this new brain research suggests, may have a lot in common with caring about the people you love.
Neuroscience can help incarcerated brains.
Hollywood pushes a fantasy version of what neuroscience can do in the courtroom. But the field does have real benefits to offer, right now: solid evidence on what would improve prisons.
A pair of identical twins. The one on the right has OCD, while the one on the left does not.
Brain Imaging Research Division, Wayne State University School of Medicine
It can be very hard for people to accept that they – or their family member – are not to blame for their mental illness. Seeing the evidence in a scan can make a difference.
A subject plays a computer game as part of a neural security experiment at the University of Washington.
BCI devices that read minds and act on intentions can change lives for the better. But they could also be put to nefarious use in the not-too-distant future. Now's the time to think about risks.
The stone flakes are flying, but what brain regions are firing?
Shelby S. Putt
We can't observe the brain activity of extinct human species. But we can observe modern brains doing the things that our distant ancestors did, looking for clues about how ancient brains worked.
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.
A study has found there are differences in the brains of people with ADHD.
This week, the prestigious journal The Lancet published a large study identifying objective differences in the brains of people diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Because everyone is different, psychologists have long debated how to characterise personality.
Both genetic and environmental factors determine someone's personality. Genes account for between 30-50% of the determination and unique environmental experiences making up the rest.
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.
An early understanding of numbers may be a sign of mathematical ability.
You may have got what it takes to be a mathematical genius without even being aware of it.
What motivates us to help others?
Can a study into the neural basis of altruism help us be better people?
Your brain scan told me your mind would wander.
Boy image via www.shutterstuck.com
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.
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?
Patients with alexia – or acquired dyslexia – can recognise letters but not words.
Letters via B Calkins/www.shutterstock.com
Lesions on a particular region of the brain can cause 'acquired dyslexia'.
MRIs of 9,000 people have shown that depression shrinks parts of the brain.
Brain damage is caused by persistent depression rather than being a predisposing factor for it, researchers have finally concluded after decades of unconfirmed hypothesising.