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 headache is not from your brain itself hurting, but it might mean some of the muscles, membranes and tissues surrounding the brain or its blood supply system could be hurting.
The brain itself can’t actually feel pain. It can't sense damage to itself the way your finger can. We know this because people can have brain surgery while they are totally awake.
Your brain is about 70% water.
An adult brain weighs about 1.5kg. It's mostly water with some fat, protein, sugar and a dash of salt. Sounds like pancakes, I know, but I once tried chicken brains and, well, pancakes are tastier.
Our brains evolved in a world without reading.
Reading and writing may have evolved thanks to a natural ability of the brain's visual cortex to process geometrical shapes.
They said it, but is it true?
Psychological phenomena like confirmation bias and the Dunning-Kruger effect make it easy for people to fall for deliberate or inadvertent lies in the news.
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Scientists have developed a robotic arm with knowledge of its physical form – a very basic sense of self.
Harnessing adolescents’ readiness to help can be good for them and their communities.
Teens get a bad rap as selfish, dangerous risk-takers. But neuroscience and psychology research is revising that image: Adolescents are primed to help those around them, with positive benefits for all.
Carlee Beattie b Summer Paralympics.
New study sheds light on the mystery of how people can experience and control phantom limbs decades after losing a body part.
Brain connections have been linked to consciousness.
Specific brain networks are at work when we are conscious. New results can help distinguish truly unconscious patients from those who have some degree of consciousness.
Microdosers take such small quantities of psychedelic substances that there are no noticeable effects.
Popular accounts of the effects of microdosing don't quite match the experience of long-term microdosers, according to this new research.
Travelers at Miami International Airport on Jan. 18, 2019 wait in long lines, in part due to the government shutdown.
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The stressful political climate worsened with the shutdown of the federal government. And even though a break may be in sight, even the uncertainty adds stress. A neuroscientist offers ways to cope.
Which is the right map for you?
If you want to really learn your way around a new place, paper maps still trump digital options.
Disorganisation and clutter have a cumulative effect on our brains, which like order.
Clutter can make us feel stressed, anxious and depressed. It can also impact our ability to process information and connect with people. Here's why.
What you had before sways what you eat next time – but only if you remember.
What you remember of your last meal affects when and how much you eat next time around. Neuroscientists have now identified neurons in the brain's hippocampus that are crucial to this process.
White nationalists clash with protesters at the Aug. 12, 2017 Charlottesville, Va. rally that turned deadly violent.
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Fear is very much a part of humans' survival. Demagogues and others who want to manipulate have learned that this human trait can be exploited, often with disastrous consequences.
There seems be an attractive quality to things that are ostensibly unhealthy or dangerous.
Edgar Allen Poe, Sigmund Freud and cognitive scientists have all wrestled with the human tendency to behave in ways that are irrational and self-defeating.
Pop metaphorical ‘brain bubbles’ by grounding your brain in the here and now.
Decades of work with lab rats lead to suggestions on how to stay grounded in the here and now, with benefits for brain health.
It's not as simple as saying you won't 'feel the benefit'.
Beware of the blind use of artificial intelligence: used as a "magic wand", for example in an autonomous car, it presents risks.
Volunteering at a food bank is one way people feel rewarded by giving.
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How does being thankful about things in your own life relate to any selfless concern you may have about the well-being of others? A neuroscientist explores the gratitude/altruism connection.