‘It’s all in your head’: Do thinking and feeling really happen in the brain?

‘It’s all in your head’: Do thinking and feeling really happen in the brain?

Joe Gough | 
Someone’s probably told you before that something you thought, felt or feared was ‘all in your mind’. I’m here to ...
Obesity, epilepsy, fatty liver and sleep disorders genetically linked to ADHD in adults

Obesity, epilepsy, fatty liver and sleep disorders genetically linked to ADHD in adults

Siw Ellen Jakobsen | 
Obesity, epilepsy, alcohol-related liver disease, fatty liver, sleep disorders and COPD. These are some of the many diseases that Swedish ...
To learn, our brain cells routinely break and rebuild DNA. That insight is sparking a rethink of disease and aging

To learn, our brain cells routinely break and rebuild DNA. That insight is sparking a rethink of disease and aging

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
Faced with a threat, the brain has to act fast, its neurons making new connections to learn what might spell ...
Automaticity: Why the health benefits of mindfulness are limited and why mindlessness is sometimes better

Automaticity: Why the health benefits of mindfulness are limited and why mindlessness is sometimes better

Alexander Burgoyne, David Hambrick | 
Although mindfulness has its merits, psychological research has also revealed that in some circumstances it’s important to be mindless. That ...
‘Scientists have searched fruitlessly for brain boundaries between thinking, feeling, deciding, remembering, moving and other experiences’ — but that’s not how it works

‘Scientists have searched fruitlessly for brain boundaries between thinking, feeling, deciding, remembering, moving and other experiences’ — but that’s not how it works

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
Not only do researchers often depict the brain and its functions much as mapmakers might draw nations on continents, but ...
Stem cells harvested from patient with neurological disorder turned into 3D mini brain that shows signs of seizures

Stem cells harvested from patient with neurological disorder turned into 3D mini brain that shows signs of seizures

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have developed brain ...
Is love nothing more than brain chemicals?

Is love nothing more than brain chemicals?

Anna Machin | 
Love evolved to bribe us to commence and maintain... relationships – with lovers, children, family and friends – which we ...
Feel refreshed on just 5 hours of rest per night? Some people are blessed with ‘short sleep’ genes

Feel refreshed on just 5 hours of rest per night? Some people are blessed with ‘short sleep’ genes

Sandee LaMotte | 
[Neurologists Chris Jones and Ying-Hui Fu] had been studying advanced sleep-phase syndrome, thought to be a rare type of "morning ...
Many non-human animals end their lives through self-destructive behaviors. Is it suicide?

Many non-human animals end their lives through self-destructive behaviors. Is it suicide?

Richard Pallardy | 
Are non-human animals actually capable of purposely ending their own lives?  ... Famed field biologist George Schaller recounts an instance ...
Lab-grown mini brains grow their own eyes

Lab-grown mini brains grow their own eyes

Yasemin Saplakoglu | 
A group of scientists has grown mini brains that have something their real counterparts do not: a set of eye-like ...
Brain fingerprinting: Microelectronics and medical imaging bring us closer to acheiving mind reading and banishing blindness

Brain fingerprinting: Microelectronics and medical imaging bring us closer to acheiving mind reading and banishing blindness

Arthur Caplan, Kenneth Foster, Paul Root Wolpe | 
Coupled with powerful microelectronics, science’s understanding of the brain is opening the door to new ways of handling criminal investigations ...
Children who finish puberty earlier — usually girls — tend to do better in school

Children who finish puberty earlier — usually girls — tend to do better in school

Siw Ellen Jakobsen | 
Girls do better than boys in almost all subjects at school. Many researchers are concerned about the growing differences in ...
Hsam: The genetic mystery of photographic memory

Hsam: The genetic mystery of photographic memory

Gary Nunn | 
Genuinely “photographic” memories are exceptionally rare. Also called highly superior autobiographical memory (Hsam), this ability is only verified by one ...
The ‘storm in their minds’: How the gap between laboratory insights and clinical analysis is narrowing

The ‘storm in their minds’: How the gap between laboratory insights and clinical analysis is narrowing

Elizabeth Landau | 
When someone close to you develops signs of mental illness, you spring into detective mode. You ask questions, but the answers ...
Suddenly, we have more antidepressant alternatives than just conventional depression-treating drugs

Suddenly, we have more antidepressant alternatives than just conventional depression-treating drugs

Claudia Lopez-Lloreda | 
Patient responses.... after years of unsuccessful treatment with standard drugs, are spurring a gradual — and, some would say, overdue ...
Is there an evolutionary advantage to feeling pain?

Is there an evolutionary advantage to feeling pain?

Conor Feehly | 
For individuals that have either an acquired or naturally occurring reduced sensitivity to pain, the results can be fatal.... Clearly, ...
How grief overwhelms and transforms who we are

How grief overwhelms and transforms who we are

Pam Weintraub | 
Grief has such a powerful effect on us, I learned, that it rewires the brain: the limbic system, a primal ...
Brain Computer Interface: How BCI implants can transform thoughts into spoken words

Brain Computer Interface: How BCI implants can transform thoughts into spoken words

Emily Willingham | 
More than 15 years ago, a man who was only 20 years old had a massive stroke when a major ...
‘Eyes are a window to the brain?’ Pupil size emerges as a marker of intelligence

‘Eyes are a window to the brain?’ Pupil size emerges as a marker of intelligence

Our pupils respond to more than just the light. They indicate arousal, interest or mental exhaustion. Pupil dilation is even ...
How our brains reward us during sleep to reinforce positive experiences

How our brains reward us during sleep to reinforce positive experiences

Jim Davies | 
Memory’s function is to store information that will be useful. Because of this, our mind prioritizes remembering some things over ...
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Alzheimer’s is almost impossible to treat. Now there are treatments drawing on brain waves and protein tangles in the pipeline beyond the focus on sticky amyloid plaques

Jon Hamilton | 
Immune cells, toxic protein tangles and brain waves are among the targets of future Alzheimer's treatments, scientists say. These approaches ...
The intriguing brain science of left-handedness

The intriguing brain science of left-handedness

Sebastien Ocklenburg | 
Handedness is one of many functional left-right differences in the brain. Specifically, in left-handers, the motor cortex in the right ...
Sex or food? When deprived of both, dinner wins out — at least for fruit flies

Sex or food? When deprived of both, dinner wins out — at least for fruit flies

Animals make behavioral choices every day. But how do they prioritize one need over another—especially when those choices are both ...
Podcast: What goes on inside the brain of a terrorist? This cognitive scientist made it his mission to find out

Podcast: What goes on inside the brain of a terrorist? This cognitive scientist made it his mission to find out

Lydia Chain, Malia Politzer | 
In this episode, join freelance reporter Malia Politzer and podcast host Lydia Chain as they dive into the scientific efforts ...
Is borderline personality disorder genetic?

Is borderline personality disorder genetic?

Sarah Bence | 
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition characterized by instability in moods, self-image, and behavior. People with BPD ...
‘I am sorry for the pain this caused Black former NFL players and families’: How ‘race-norming’ brain injuries cost players tens of millions of dollars

‘I am sorry for the pain this caused Black former NFL players and families’: How ‘race-norming’ brain injuries cost players tens of millions of dollars

Will Hobson | 
When the settlement in the landmark NFL class-action concussion litigation was finalized in 2017, and the league agreed to pay ...
Do our brains predict how we think? Psychedelics may help answer that question

Do our brains predict how we think? Psychedelics may help answer that question

Anil Ananthaswamy | 
“Everything became imbued with a sense of vitality and life and vividness. If I picked up a pebble from the ...
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