Category Archives: Neuroscience

New pacemaker for the brain is set to change the way we treat mental illness

If you know anything about psychiatry – even if it’s just exaggerated scare stories from the world of movies – you’ll know that doctors have long been experimenting with the effects of electrical impulses on the brain. While electroconvulsive therapy … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | Leave a comment

Male and female mice process pain differently, study finds

New research into the pain processing of mice has found male and female mice process pain differently, and the discovery may also apply to other species, including humans. Scientists are now questioning what this means for the future of medical … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | Leave a comment

New memory test can predict Alzheimer’s risk 18 years before diagnosis

Errors in simple memory and cognitive tests can predict a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease up to 18 years before it can be properly diagnosed, researchers in the US report. In a study of over 2,000 participants, a team … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | Leave a comment

The mind-bending effects of feeling two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson. Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting … Continue reading

Posted in Human Body, Neuroscience | Leave a comment

A First Big Step Toward Mapping the Human Brain

It’s a long, hard road to understanding the human brain, and one of the first milestones in that journey is building a … database. In the past few years, neuroscientists have embarked on several ambitious projects to make sense of … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | Leave a comment

Every bite you take, every move you make, astrocytes will be watching you

Chewing, breathing, and other regular bodily functions that we undertake “without thinking” actually do require the involvement of our brain, but the question of how the brain programs such regular functions intrigues scientists. A team lead by Arlette Kolta, a … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | Leave a comment

Scientists have found a reset “button” for our body clock

Canadian scientists have discovered the molecular switch that resets and synchronises our internal body clock, and targeting it could help treat a range of disorders, such as insomnia, depression and obesity, that are triggered when our sleep patterns get out of whack, or when we’re … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | Comments Off on Scientists have found a reset “button” for our body clock

The Backwards Brain Bicycle

Posted in Neuroscience | Leave a comment

Near-Death Experiences Likely Caused by Lack of Oxygen

Near-death experiences, in which people claim to encounter a variety of unusual phenomena, including moving through a tunnel toward light, feeling lightweight, feeling peace and joy, and profoundly spiritual moments, have often been classified by scientific researchers as a function … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | Leave a comment

Brain activity boosts processes that promote neural connections

Brain activity affects the way the developing brain connects neurons and a study by researchers at the School of Medicine on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Children’s Hospital Colorado suggests a new model for understanding that process. … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | Leave a comment

Prof Raymond Tallis to challenge Stephen Hawking claim that “philosophy is dead”

Leading polymath Prof Raymond Tallis is set to use a Birmingham pub to challenge Stephen Hawking’s declaration that “philosophy is dead”. In a meeting of the Birmingham Salon at the Victoria in John Bright Street, Prof Tallis will discuss ‘Has … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience, Physics | Leave a comment

Lucid dreams and metacognition: Awareness of thinking—awareness of dreaming

To control one’s dreams and to live out there what is impossible in real life – a truly tempting idea. Some persons – so-called lucid dreamers -can do this. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | Leave a comment

Economists find rare empirical evidence of love in unique marriage survey

Economists are not famed for their romantic insights. But a new study by two University of Virginia economists, Leora Friedberg and Steven Stern, has found quantitative evidence of love – something very few economic studies ever have claimed – in … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | Leave a comment

We can trick our brains into burning more fat, new research suggests

Scientists may have found a way to naturally get our bodies to shed excess fat – we just need to trick our brains into telling them to. Scientists from Monash University in Australia have found that encouraging the actions of … Continue reading

Posted in Biology, Neuroscience | Leave a comment

Neuroscientists have worked out how to “read” and “write” brain signals

A new technique allows researchers to both observe and control brain activity in mice. Just like a very complicated computer, our brains control our thoughts and behaviours via electrical bursts of activity. Essentially, that means we should be able to … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | Leave a comment

Alzheimer’s patients could restore lost memories

New research suggests that our memories may not be stored in our synapses, as previously thought. If true, it means patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease may be able to one day reactivate their lost memories. Research into … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | Leave a comment

What’s the difference between us and a psychopath?

In 2005, James Fallon’s life started to resemble the plot of a well-honed joke or big-screen thriller: A neuroscientist is working in his laboratory one day when he thinks he has stumbled upon a big mistake. He is researching Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | Leave a comment

This single protein influences how your brain copes with stress

Scientists have discovered that a single brain protein can make some people more vulnerable to depression than others. New research has suggested that there’s a single protein that determines whether someone will cope with stress, or whether they’ll be more … Continue reading

Posted in Biology, Neuroscience | Leave a comment

Neuroscientists awaken ‘ghosts’ hidden inside the cortex

Ghosts exist only in the mind, and scientists know just where to find them, an EPFL study suggests. Patients suffering from neurological or psychiatric conditions have often reported feeling a strange “presence”. Now, EPFL researchers in Switzerland have succeeded in … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | Leave a comment

Scientists have invented a brain decoder that could read your inner thoughts

brain

Scientists have figured out how to read the words of our inner monologue, a finding that could help people who cannot physically speak to communicate with the world. Talking to yourself or having mindless internal thoughts is something which most … Continue reading

Posted in Neuroscience | 1 Comment