Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
Your brain's sensory talents go way beyond those traditional five senses. A team of geoscientists and neurobiologists explored how the human brain monitors and responds to magnetic fields.
A test subject entering a brain password.
Wenyao Xu, et al.
Biometrics are more secure than passwords – but when they're compromised fingerprints and retina scans are hard to reset. Brain responses to specific stimuli are as secure and, crucially, resettable.
In an epileptic brain, the neurons fire wildly.
During epileptic seizures, neurons in the brain fire without rhyme or reason. New research identifies a possible way to wrest back control by stopping these signals before they can get started.
Pick a head, any head!
'Mini brains' can be grown in the lab, and brains of decapitated pigs were recently 'kept alive' for a day and a half. But what makes a conscious brain?
Interactive cinema and the arts are at the forefront of research into brain-computer interaction.
Crying may not tell the whole story.
We no longer perform surgery on babies without drugs, but a new study shows that we may be underestimating how much pain babies feel when they are under stress.
How can you maximize reading’s rewards for baby?
Psychology researchers bring infants into the lab to learn more about how shared book reading influences brain and behavioral development.
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.
Are two heads better than one?
Stockbrokers, police officers and radiologists are among those that may benefit from new research findings on how to make decisions under uncertainty.
Baby's brains have special activity to help them develop – now researchers have found where some of this happens.
Functional magnetic resonance imaging could reveal whether someone knows something they’re not telling.
John Graner et al/Frontiers in Neurology
Using mind reading technologies in court could become common practice.
It's a slow process, but billionaires like Musk push boundaries and help researchers set long-term goals for developing brain-computer interfaces.
Opening the gate to communication.
A new kind of brain-computer interface has helped ALS sufferers who cannot move to communicate.
Your brain picks up more than you’re aware of.
It has long been claimed that subliminal messages work. Now two studies have set the record straight.
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It may prove to be a useful diagnostic tool for brain disorders.
How long will it be before we can open doors and send emails with just our minds?
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?
Still got it.
In some ways the human brain is like a well-oiled car engine, purring along without being noticed, until something goes awry. Neuro-imaging techniques such as electroencephalogram (EEG) or fMRI – which…
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety-related mental condition that affects 1-2% of the population. It is severely debilitating and can strike anyone regardless of age, gender and cultural…
Can you hear me - peas or chips for dinner?
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