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FDA mulling approval of a device that monitors brains using electrodes threaded through veins and plugged into a computer

For decades, technologists have been trying to get brains to interface with computer keyboards or robot arms, to get meat ...
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Black biologist Charles Henry Turner’s groundbreaking research on animal cognition remains largely unacknowledged

A new Perspectives essay published in Science describes the contributions of biologist Charles H. Turner (1867-1923), an American zoologist whose “early discoveries ...
If your disposition is cheerful, you’re less likely to experience memory decline

If your disposition is cheerful, you’re less likely to experience memory decline

A new study published in the journal Psychological Science found that people who feel enthusiastic and cheerful -- what psychologists call "positive ...
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Human brains prewired to understand words

Analyzing brain scans of newborns, researchers found that this part of the brain – called the "visual word form area" ...
Dreaming while awake is possible and other strange facts about dreams

Dreaming while awake is possible and other strange facts about dreams

[W]e’ve examined five strange findings about dreaming from the psychology literature: … 3. People who no longer think can still ...
With 75 million people projected to be living with dementia in 19 years, science turns to AI for early diagnoses

With 75 million people projected to be living with dementia in 19 years, science turns to AI for early diagnoses

[A] study, funded by the [National Institute on Aging] and published this year in the Journal of the American Geriatrics ...
Difficulty falling asleep? The problem might be in your genes

Difficulty falling asleep? The problem might be in your genes

People with [delayed sleep phase disorder] are unable to fall asleep until late at night (often after 2 a.m.) and ...
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Recreational fear: Why some of us like scary movies and haunted houses

[We] tend to seek out scary movies, horror novels, or haunted houses—and not just during the Halloween season. This tendency ...
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Brain implants on the cusp of reality help patients immobilized by ALS, strokes or spinal cord injuries

[B]rain activity is collected by sensors implanted in a blood vessel in [Phil] O’Keefe’s brain and relayed to a computer ...
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Why does the brain have an area for recognizing objects in general but also for faces in particular? Neural networks could provide answers

[Neuroscientists James DiCarlo and Daniel Yamins] are part of a coterie of neuroscientists using deep neural networks to make sense ...
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We needed an official scientific name for the ‘warm and fuzzies’: It’s kama muta

The phenomenon is characterized by feelings of intense love ...
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What goes on in the brains of science nerds?

Do you get really stimulated by new ideas and imaginative scenarios? If so, you may have an influx of dopamine ...
AI can reliably predict Alzheimer’s by analyzing how we use words

AI can reliably predict Alzheimer’s by analyzing how we use words

A team from IBM and Pfizer says it has trained AI models to spot early signs of [Alzheimer’s, a] notoriously stealthy ...
Brain aging and dementia remain a mystery. This epigenetic model may help unravel it

Brain aging and dementia remain a mystery. This epigenetic model may help unravel it

People age at different rates, with some individuals developing both characteristics and diseases related to aging earlier in life than ...
Could electromagnetic fields be the seat of human consciousness?

Could electromagnetic fields be the seat of human consciousness?

What if the electromagnetic fields generated by, but which are not identical to, the neuroanatomy of the brain, are in ...
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Can lab-grown brains become conscious?

In August 2019, [biologist Alysson] Muotri’s group published a paper in Cell Stem Cell reporting the creation of human brain ...
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Why your brain wants to believe in ghosts, the supernatural – and maybe God

While many scoff at tales of the supernatural, academia has not fully dismissed them. Specialists, like Christopher French, a psychologist ...
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How mental health patients suffer from the overuse of psychotropic drugs

The standard of care for the severely mentally ill in the United States has drastically changed since the 1950s, when ...
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Experiencing happiness likely contributed to the dramatic growth and complexity of the human brain

The neocortex enables us to speak, dream and think. In search of the causes underlying neocortex expansion, researchers at the ...
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New tool allows researchers to map complexity and intensity of dreams

Before the twenty-first century, we used to think dreams only occurred during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, but more recent ...
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Hardware modeled on the brain could revolutionize computing

A challenge for researchers developing applications of neuromorphic [or human brain-inspired] hardware is that a formal hierarchy such as Turing ...
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Concussion biomarkers: Cutting edge advances to protect brain from sports injuries or just pseudoscience?

It's no secret that football players of all ages regularly experience head impacts and are at elevated risk for a ...
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Can dementia be cured?

Dementia is not just one disease – it has more than 200 different subtypes. Over the past decade neurologists have ...
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The lure of conspiracy theories and how to protect yourself

[I]n the same way that our immune system can leave us more vulnerable to pathogens, our emotional state can make ...
Republican vs Democrat brains: Either ideology shapes the brain or brain structure drives our political views

Republican vs Democrat brains: Either ideology shapes the brain or brain structure drives our political views

On the whole, the research shows, conservatives desire security, predictability and authority more than liberals do, and liberals are more ...
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Infographic: The mental health of millennials continues to track downward

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s 2019 report on the Health of Millennials revealed a downward trend in the health of this ...
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Klotho: Is prescribing a drug to supercharge the brain a good idea?

One of the most intriguing molecules out there is called Klotho. Identified in , it’s named for the Fate of ancient Greek ...
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Matrix redux: It’s actually possible that we are virtual beings living in an AI computer simulation

Some have tried to identify ways in which we can discern if we are simulated beings. Others have attempted to ...