What does it mean to have a ‘near death’ experience?

What does it mean to have a ‘near death’ experience?

Given that near-death experiences happen with limited warning, they are almost impossible to test. “We’re dealing with a very short ...
3 myths of how the brain works dispelled

3 myths of how the brain works dispelled

As a neuroscientist, I see scientific myths about the brain repeated regularly in the media and corners of academic research ...
Could common dietary supplement choline reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s?

Could common dietary supplement choline reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s?

The human gene for apolipoprotein E (APOE) comes in three variants. APOE4 is linked to a higher risk for Alzheimer’s, ...
Racism in the NFL: Retired Black players denied compensation from concussion injuries after ‘race norming’ their cognitive abilities

Racism in the NFL: Retired Black players denied compensation from concussion injuries after ‘race norming’ their cognitive abilities

The NFL has been testing players to determine cognitive decline caused by time in the NFL. If players exhibit enough ...
Video: ‘Cognitive enhancers’ — Can you boost your brain power naturally?

Video: ‘Cognitive enhancers’ — Can you boost your brain power naturally?

How do so-called 'smart drugs' work, and what are their risks?  Watch the video here ...
‘Hunting brains’: How and why early human brains more than doubled in size

‘Hunting brains’: How and why early human brains more than doubled in size

In recent years, more and more evidence has been accumulated to the effect that humans were a major factor in ...
Physically active older adults are as much as 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s

Physically active older adults are as much as 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s

Young people need enrichment to build cognitive capacity, while adults, especially older ones, need it to maintain cognitive capacity and ...
Dreamers can ‘talk’ to scientists and solve problems while asleep

Dreamers can ‘talk’ to scientists and solve problems while asleep

People dream every night, but scientists don't fully understand why we dream. Studying dreams is difficult because people often forget ...
Depression and anxiety linked to early onset of Alzheimer’s

Depression and anxiety linked to early onset of Alzheimer’s

Investigators found the age of onset of AD is about 2 years earlier among patients with depression and 3 years ...
Video: Psychological impact of 'junk food' — Could fast food make you so impatient you forget to ‘stop and smell the roses’?

Video: Psychological impact of ‘junk food’ — Could fast food make you so impatient you forget to ‘stop and smell the roses’?

Fast food was invented to help us keep up with our fast-paced world. But it’s also had some unintended psychological ...
‘Friendship, family and culture’: Surprising evolution-based attributes that dolphins share with humans

‘Friendship, family and culture’: Surprising evolution-based attributes that dolphins share with humans

Scientists like Dr Blake Morton, a Lecturer of Psychology from the University of Hull, suggest that [personality similarities across species] ...
Podcast: Dogology—The science of our four-legged friends

Podcast: Dogology—The science of our four-legged friends

Geneticist Kat Arney brings you some scientific tails as we explore the genetics of dog breeds and behaviour ...
Why did humans survive while our Denisovan and Neanderthal cousins died out? Just one gene could have made all the difference

Why did humans survive while our Denisovan and Neanderthal cousins died out? Just one gene could have made all the difference

Stem cells, the self-renewing precursors of other cell types, can be used to build brain organoids [or] "mini brains" in ...
Evolution of literacy: How Protestantism and the Bible rewired Medieval brains

Evolution of literacy: How Protestantism and the Bible rewired Medieval brains

Of course, writing systems are thousands of years old, found in ancient Sumer, China, and Egypt, but in most literate ...
How animals perceive time

How animals perceive time

[Are animals] entirely free from the temporal plane? Do they perceive it in any way? Do some species perceive it ...
One a day keeps the doctor away? Eating apples appears to boost brain function

One a day keeps the doctor away? Eating apples appears to boost brain function

Given that apples are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world, [researchers Tara Louise] Walker, [Gerd] Kempermann ...
Emerging symptoms of COVID: Stuttering, forgetfulness, mania, and even psychosis

Emerging symptoms of COVID: Stuttering, forgetfulness, mania, and even psychosis

An early survey of 153 COVID-19 patients in the U.K. and a more recent preprint study of people hospitalized with ...
Evoking Jeff Goldblum’s ‘The Fly’: Does growing human ‘brains-in-a-dish’ and creating chimeras cross a bioethical line?

Evoking Jeff Goldblum’s ‘The Fly’: Does growing human ‘brains-in-a-dish’ and creating chimeras cross a bioethical line?

Bits of human brain growing in a lab dish can reveal a great deal about how a disease begins and ...
Methusalah dogs are pushing the boundaries of cognitive science

Methusalah dogs are pushing the boundaries of cognitive science

Living with people means dogs experience near-identical social and environmental influences on a daily basis. They show off a host ...
Who are you calling bird-brained? Crows and other corvids display self-awareness and consciousness

Who are you calling bird-brained? Crows and other corvids display self-awareness and consciousness

The corvid family of birds, which includes crows, ravens, jays and magpies, had been observed previously to use tools, as ...
COVID might be amplifying teenage suicide rates. Here’s how to help

COVID might be amplifying teenage suicide rates. Here’s how to help

Even during normal times, many mental health problems tend to emerge in adolescence, and young people in this group are ...
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Exploring the boundary between consciousness and slumber

Exploring the boundary between consciousness and slumber

What was once seen as the neurological equivalent of annoying television static may have profound implications for how scientists study ...
Hidden biological link: Could estrogen during pregnancy hold key to preventing autism?

Hidden biological link: Could estrogen during pregnancy hold key to preventing autism?

Over the past decade, genomic analyses of humans... have identified gene mutations strongly associated with [autism spectrum disorders, or] ASDs, ...
How years of ‘prolonged immaturity’ as babies provide humans with an evolutionary advantage

How years of ‘prolonged immaturity’ as babies provide humans with an evolutionary advantage

[H]uman babies, as well as the young of many other species of mammals and birds, require months or years of ...
Why cooperation based on reciprocity is unique to humans

Why cooperation based on reciprocity is unique to humans

It has long been known that human cooperation is so successful in large part because of our reciprocity. We help ...
Is art an evolutionary adaptation?

Is art an evolutionary adaptation?

In his book The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature, [evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey] Miller expands ...
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