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21

Aug

How the human brain gets its wrinklesScientists may have determined what causes our brain to look like an big raisin, but they remain unsure about what causes the deep groove that separates the two hemispheres.

How the human brain gets its wrinkles
Scientists may have determined what causes our brain to look like an big raisin, but they remain unsure about what causes the deep groove that separates the two hemispheres.

30

Jul

Your brain has a biological response to a good bookNew research reveals that reading a novel can ‘trick’ your brain and ‘transport you into the body of the protagonist.’

Your brain has a biological response to a good book
New research reveals that reading a novel can ‘trick’ your brain and ‘transport you into the body of the protagonist.’

25

Jul

'Lucy' and the 10 percent brain mythNew action flick starring Scarlett Johansson hinges on the bad science that humans only use a a small percent of their brain capacity.

'Lucy' and the 10 percent brain myth
New action flick starring Scarlett Johansson hinges on the bad science that humans only use a a small percent of their brain capacity.

22

Jul

New schizophrenia gene links discoveredMany of the sites where these genes are active are associated with sending signals between the brain and cells in the body.

New schizophrenia gene links discovered
Many of the sites where these genes are active are associated with sending signals between the brain and cells in the body.

19

Jul

Could you be face blind?
Imagine not being able to recognize your mother, your brother or your best friend. Imagine seeing a stranger and realizing it’s your reflection. For people with face blindness, this is part of everyday life. Face blindness, or prosopagnosia, is an incurable neurological disorder that impairs the ability to recognize faces — even those that should be familiar. Read more.

Could you be face blind?

Imagine not being able to recognize your mother, your brother or your best friend. Imagine seeing a stranger and realizing it’s your reflection.
 
For people with face blindness, this is part of everyday life.
 
Face blindness, or prosopagnosia, is an incurable neurological disorder that impairs the ability to recognize faces — even those that should be familiar. Read more.

16

Jul

New study links excessive marijuana use to brain damageThose who abuse marijuana excessively show a blunted dopamine response, indicating damage to the brain’s reward circuitry.

New study links excessive marijuana use to brain damage
Those who abuse marijuana excessively show a blunted dopamine response, indicating damage to the brain’s reward circuitry.

10

Jul

DARPA developing brain implants to restore memoriesThe research to help treat traumatic brain injuries is part of the broader BRAIN Initiative, the 12-year brain-mapping effort launched in 2013.

DARPA developing brain implants to restore memories
The research to help treat traumatic brain injuries is part of the broader BRAIN Initiative, the 12-year brain-mapping effort launched in 2013.

09

Jul

Neuroscience-based app claims to boost brain power by 400%This music-driven app is designed to increase your attention span and to help you get your work done.

Neuroscience-based app claims to boost brain power by 400%
This music-driven app is designed to increase your attention span and to help you get your work done.

08

Jul

Consciousness on-off switch found deep in the brainFor the first time, researchers discover how to shut down consciousness … and then fire it back up.

Consciousness on-off switch found deep in the brain
For the first time, researchers discover how to shut down consciousness … and then fire it back up.

Why crafting is good for mental healthStudies show that complex and creative activities like knitting, cake decorating or crossword puzzles can create a non-medicinal, feel-good high.

Why crafting is good for mental health
Studies show that complex and creative activities like knitting, cake decorating or crossword puzzles can create a non-medicinal, feel-good high.