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.
Just how quickly are those thoughts bouncing around in there?
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Sensory information comes into the system, and we initiate actions in response. Quantifying how quickly that happens is tricky – especially since our own perceptions of the timing aren't quite right.
Drug-based therapies for anxiety disorders work on roughly half of those affected and treated.
There is hope that new drugs can be created to treat anxiety disorders after seven new genes were linked to these diseases.
The answer is a resounding no – brains are more sophisticated than that.
The brain is truly a marvel. A seemingly endless library, whose shelves house our most precious memories as well as our lifetime's knowledge. But is there a point where it reaches capacity?
You can do a lot while you sleep.
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We strengthen memories while we sleep, and researchers have found a way to cue that process to help people better retain information that counters implicit biases.
Now then, where was I?
Our minds have always adapted to their environment but advertisers are exploiting opportunities for distraction like never before.
Erik Sorto can make intuitive movments for first time in 13 years.
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A tetraplegic patient has been able to play rock, paper and scissors thanks to a prosthetic device implanted in the region of his brain thought to control intentions.
What happens to your brain when you drink?
Where did I leave my skull cap?
Research into how feelings and opinions can be shaped using technology or drugs could impact the whole of society not just the individuals concerned.
Your pain is in fact produced in your head and it will produce it more readily and more intensely if you have what you think is clear evidence that something is wrong.
People develop a long-term problem after an episode of back pain if they expect to not recover. Steps by the medical sector to avoid catatrophising back pain by not suggesting scans will help.
Orange is the new blue.
I recently wrote about the terrible sleep habits of the characters in House of Cards. I disapproved of Frank Underwood’s late-night computer work in the Oval Office, his new midnight iPad gaming habit…
Nothing can get to me now.
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Researchers have created an experiment that gives participants the illusion of being invisible.