The answer has long eluded scientists.
Creative people seem to possess a unique connection between three brain networks that typically work separately.
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.
Are you a Facebook addict? Here’s how to find out.
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Don't want to become a social network addict? Start by working out what your vulnerabilities are.
What’s going on in there when you decide?
A new initiative called the International Brain Laboratory is tackling this fundamental mystery of neuroscience in an unusual way.
The phenomenon of not being able to picture something in your ‘mind’s eye’ is known as aphantasia.
There are many people who are astonished to discover that their complete lack of ability to picture visual imagery is different from the norm.
When dealing with young teenagers, information is better than bribes or threats.
See if you can get your head around this.
Pain is something everyone experiences. This episode of The Anthill podcast explores how and why it works in our brains, what kinds of drugs are being developed to reduce pain, and whether or not robots of the future should be built so that they experience pain.
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.
It's no surprise sheep can recognise people – their intelligence is often overlooked.
Babies start their musical development in the womb.
There a number of ways you can use music to shape your child's brain for success, from 16 weeks gestation right up until they start school.
New research is helping us understand exactly how Alzheimer's works – and how to treat it.
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.
New research tries to suggest mothers' responses are pre-programmed, but there's a problem with the evidence.
Rhesus monkeys on Cayo Santiago.
Puerto Rico's Cayo Santiago Research Station has been a world-famous site for primate studies since 1938. Now scientists are working to save its staff and rhesus monkey colony after Hurricane Maria.
Drug addiction isn't about bad habits, fear of withdrawal or a selfish search for pleasure. It's about the brain.
Bathing in pure colour can have effects on the body and mind.
The brain processes colour in more ways that just creating visual images – here's how.
Southpaws seem to be more common among cats and dogs than humans.
The animal kingdom is full of lefties and righties, although rarely is the ratio skewed as much as it is in humans. If you're wondering about your own pet, you can find out with a simple experiment.
Baby's brains have special activity to help them develop – now researchers have found where some of this happens.
Dreams are like a forest walkway: there’s no clear sense of direction and you can easily get lost.
Niamh, age 7, wants to know why we have scary dreams. But after 200 years of study, dreams are still very much a mystery.