Category Archives: Neuroscience

Consciousness Is the Key to Understanding Reality

In order to understand the true nature of reality, science must first recognize the importance of consciousness, says Dr. Robert Lanza, a stem-cell biologist whose work has earned him high acclaim. He also sees a greater role for consciousness in … Continue reading

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This new study might actually explain the weirdness that is déjà vu

In French, déjà vu literally translates to “already seen”, and describes the phenomenon of having the strong feeling that the experience you’re having right now has already been experienced by you in the past. It’s clearly not a glitch in … Continue reading

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A man who lives without 90% of his brain is challenging our concept of ‘consciousness’

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A French man who lives a relatively normal, healthy life – despite missing 90 percent of his brain – is causing scientists to rethink what it is from a biological perspective that makes us conscious. Despite decades of research, our … Continue reading

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Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer

No matter how hard they try, brain scientists and cognitive psychologists will never find a copy of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the brain – or copies of words, pictures, grammatical rules or any other kinds of environmental stimuli. The human … Continue reading

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Dali helps scientists crack our brain code

Scientists at Glasgow University have established a world first by cracking the communication code of our brains. Pioneering research in the field of cognitive neuroimaging has revealed how brains process what we see. The work has been led by Prof … Continue reading

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Creating hallucinations without drugs is surprisingly easy

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How to Forget Things on Purpose

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Here’s why our most irrational decisions could be a result of quantum theory

New research looking at the relationship between human decision-making and mathematics has turned up a surprising finding: our most irrational choices might be explained by the theories of quantum mechanics. The idea is that the choices we face are all … Continue reading

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The Science of Love

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Could a digital pen change how we diagnose brain function?

For all of the advances in medical technology, many of the world’s most widely-used diagnostic tools essentially involve just two things: pen and paper. Tests such as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) and the Clock Drawing Test (CDT) are used … Continue reading

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The simplest way to get – and stay – happy, according to psychologists

There are lots of science-backed ways we can improve our overall wellbeing and grow happier in the long-run. Here are just a few: Meditate: Multiple studies suggest that meditating – focusing intently and quietly on the present for set periods … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Backwards Brain Bicycle

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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

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