Night owls more likely to eat poorly, use drugs, die earlier

Night owls more likely to eat poorly, use drugs, die earlier

Night owls may be more fun at parties, but a preference for staying out late may come with some serious ...
Our brain works '10 million times slower' than computers—so why is it better at some tasks?

Our brain works ’10 million times slower’ than computers—so why is it better at some tasks?

[W]hy is the computer good at certain tasks whereas the brain is better at others? Comparing the computer and the ...
Caffeine more than a morning boost? It may increase brain’s 'useful anarchy' and 'processing capacity'

Caffeine more than a morning boost? It may increase brain’s ‘useful anarchy’ and ‘processing capacity’

“[B]rain entropy” – intense complexity and irregular variability in brain activity from one moment to the next, [is] marked by greater ...
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Viewpoint: Peggy Sarlin’s ‘Awakening from Alzheimer’s’ offers ‘false claims, false hope’

[S]cientists are diligently working to understand [Alzheimer’s] disease and find an effective treatment. Others apparently think they needn’t bother. A ...
Risky business: Your brain may be wired to take chances

Risky business: Your brain may be wired to take chances

Using brain scans, a new study has observed a link between connections in the brain and the ability of the person to tolerate ...
Humans produce new neurons affecting learning, memory and emotion throughout our lives

Humans produce new neurons affecting learning, memory and emotion throughout our lives

Humans continue to produce new neurons in a part of their brain involved in learning, memory and emotion throughout adulthood, ...
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Implantable ‘neural lace’: How we may be able to stimulate our brain to regain youthful functions

[Elon] Musk stated publicly that given the current rate of A.I. advancement, humans could ultimately expect to be left behind—cognitively, ...
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Video: Innovative brain-mapping techniques could unlock neuroscience secrets

What [neuroscientist Tony] Zador showed me was a map of 50,000 neurons in the cerebral cortex of a mouse. It ...
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MIT Media Lab halts relationship with startup Nectome over storing their brains in fatal ‘brain uploads’

The MIT Media Lab will sever ties with a brain-embalming company that promoted euthanasia to people hoping for digital immortality ...
How Rev. Thomas Bayes' faith helped us understand how the brain works

How Rev. Thomas Bayes’ faith helped us understand how the brain works

It all began in 1748, when the philosopher David Hume published An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, calling into question, among ...
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Viewpoint: Time to reassess Nazi Hans Asperger’s role in study of autism

I have spent the past seven years researching the Nazi past of Dr. Hans Asperger. Asperger is credited with shaping ...
In her new book, Barbara Lipska describes surviving cancer that had spread to her brain, and how the illness changed her cognition, character and, ultimately, her understanding of the mental illnesses she studies. Image credit: Barbara Lipska

Aggressive brain tumors force neuroscientist to live the symptoms she studies

[Barbara] Lipska studies the neuroscience of mental illness and brain development at the National Institute of Mental Health. In her ...
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Recording brain activity gets easier with novel device

An improved method for recording brain activity could prove a major asset to neuroscience, according to a Nature paper just out: Moving magnetoencephalography ...
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Tracking the role of tau protein in Alzheimer’s

Jhon Kennedy’s relatives understood the illness they faced. For more than three decades, researchers there have been tracking a genetic ...
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Viewpoint: 10 things everyone should know about autism

I offer 10 things I wish everyone knew about autism. I'm a developmental and behavioral pediatrician specializing in autism spectrum ...
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Faulty wiring? Tracing damaged circuits linked to autism, schizophrenia

Neuroscientists today know a lot about how individual neurons operate but remarkably little about how large numbers of them work ...
We know the placebo effect is biological. Is it also genetic?

We know the placebo effect is biological. Is it also genetic?

We know that the placebo effect is in part biological: expectations of receiving a palliative leads to brain changes. Are ...
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Where do we come from? Question grows ever more complicated

It was recently discovered that modern humans are part of the African great apes family, but how did this classification ...
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Tearing down the ‘myth’ of dopamine as the ‘pleasure chemical’

Dopamine is one of the most hyped brain chemicals, supposedly linked to everything from sex to gambling. It’s common to read, as Business Insider claimed ...
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Habits and choices: How does our brain differentiate between the two?

Habitual behavior is routine and automatic, frequently initiated by a cue or change in a situation.Sometimes, habits don't hold up, ...
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What would happen if we suddenly stopped dreaming?

Rowan Hooper, the managing editor at New Scientist, reports that chronic dream deprivation is damaging our waking hours in numerous ways. … This ...
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Improved ‘brains’ grant robots dexterity that could soon rival humans

It might not look that special, but the robot above is, according to a new measure, the most dexterous one ...
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No outrage: Why news of first cloned monkeys barely moved the needle

[Cloned monkeys] Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua were created at the Chinese Academy of Science’s Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai ...
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Examining the curious genes behind ‘magic mushrooms’

"One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small,” sang Grace Slick in Jefferson Airplane’s classic White Rabbit, conjuring ...
Could LSD treat schizophrenia and depression?

Could LSD treat schizophrenia and depression?

A small new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience seems to offer some insight into what’s happening in the brain while we’re on ...
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What’s stopping us from using CRISPR to gene edit humans to fight disease?

Emerging clinical applications of CRISPR editing include delivery of CRISPR systems into the body to repair genetic sequences. This is ...
Hatchery-raised vs wild-born coho salmon: Containment sites may alter epigenome, hurting survival in the wild

Hatchery-raised vs wild-born coho salmon: Containment sites may alter epigenome, hurting survival in the wild

[Biologist Louis Bernatchez of Quebec’s Laval University] and his colleagues set out to search for evidence of a different kind of hatchery adaptation, ...
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Colds and other infections may trigger mutation that causes Parkinson’s

Scientists report that the most common Parkinson's gene mutation may change how immune cells react to generic infections like colds, ...