matrix door

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 ...
ee fakenews free

Lazy brains: How can we avoid falling for misinformation

Our brains are lazy. The more effort it takes to process information, the more uncomfortable we feel about it and ...
img jpg lg

Do psychiatric drugs do more harm than good to treat mental illness?

In the book [Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America], which ...
Brain fog: COVID’s lingering threat

Brain fog: COVID’s lingering threat

It’s becoming known as Covid brain fog: troubling cognitive symptoms that can include memory loss, confusion, difficulty focusing, dizziness and ...
magic mushrooms x

Can psychedelic drugs change your religious or political beliefs?

Psychotherapy assisted by psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in “magic mushrooms,” seems to be remarkably effective in treating a wide range ...
neuralink

Viewpoint: The questionable science behind Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain hacking project

If thoughts, feelings and other mental activities are nothing more than electrochemical signals flowing around a vast network of brain ...
optostim x

Optogenetics: We may soon be able to manipulate the mind with light

Thanks to optogenetics, in just ten years we’ve been able to artificially incept memories in mice, decipher brain signals that lead to ...
download

Our dreams reveal the escalating, suppressed anxiety spawned by COVID

We live day and night inside the same walls. We fear touching groceries that arrive at our doorstep. If we ...
pierrick van troost unsplash

There are a lot of psychopaths amongst us… and some of them are gifts to society

As a happily married family man and a successful neuroscientist at the University of California-Irvine, [James] Fallon didn't exactly fit ...
neu delirium icu patients cqd x x

How COVID causes delirium

[A]bout half of [COVID] patients report neurological symptoms, including headaches, confusion and delirium, suggesting the virus may also attack the ...
dog looks at face

Dogs don’t seem to care much about human faces, counterintuitive study finds

Dogs’ brains aren’t especially impressed by faces, either those of other dogs, or of people, a new study suggests. People’s brains ...
jul fraziskabarczyk

These kinds of personality types are most likely to embrace conspiracy theories

[P]eople who are self-important, narcissistic, anxious, depressed, or impulsive are slightly more likely to cling to a conspiracy theory than ...
trump rally reuters

Viewpoint: Trump’s inflammatory appeals triggered support for him in 2016. Here’s why scientists think it won’t happen again

In the 2016 election, undecided voters were influenced by the brain’s fear-driven impulses—more simply, gut instinct—once they arrived inside the ...
gqbcwqmpdicxvbk gh we

It might soon be possible to shape your own dreams

The technology engineer — and self-proclaimed wannabe cyborg — [Tomás Vega] has been developing a device with other researchers at the MIT Media ...
Some birds are quite smart but do they really ‘think like humans’?

Some birds are quite smart but do they really ‘think like humans’?

[B]road claims for animal intelligence that go well beyond problem-solving abilities are often questionable. Consider, for example, the mirror test ...
shutterstock

Not quite total recall: How limits on what humans can remember is helping us ‘teach’ AI

An artificial neural network learns by adjusting synaptic weights—how strongly one artificial neuron connects to another—which in turn leads to ...
hawaiian crow tool use

Corvids are more brainiac than birdbrain: Crows may be able to reflect and ponder their own mind

Research unveiled on [September 24] in Science finds that crows know what they know and can ponder the content of their ...
Dyslexia shows the inborn nature of visual imagining and cognition

Dyslexia shows the inborn nature of visual imagining and cognition

Reading is a learned skill; no one is born reading. But learning to read relies on inborn human capacities for ...
e e e d d a ad bbcd df

From confusion to comas: ⅓ of hospitalized COVID patients suffered deteriorating neurological function

Nearly a third of hospitalized Covid-19 patients experienced some type of altered mental function — ranging from confusion to delirium ...
vg

Gaming addiction doesn’t appear to foreshadow psychiatric problems

A gaming disorder is characterized by causing a variety of problems in a person’s personal and work life. It can ...
ac antarctica feat x

Video: Antarctica research shows how isolation changes the brain

As humans grapple with pandemic-induced isolation, science is starting to offer insight into what may be happening in our brains when ...
brain opener free

How the brain bends our sense of time

Time in the brain doesn't follow the steady ticking of the world's most precise clocks. Instead, it seems to fly by ...
nootropics brain image x

Intricate high synergy brain regions likely explanation for complex thinking

[Researchers at the University of Cambridge are studying] a new aspect of brain organization: synergy between brain regions. Some networks ...
The insidious way COVID invades our brains

The insidious way COVID invades our brains

In a review paper published [September 22], researchers put spotlight on the potential long-term neurological consequences of COVID-19, dubbing it ...
Fear and anxiety may not be as separate as we have come to believe

Fear and anxiety may not be as separate as we have come to believe

[It’s commonly believed that] fear is a more basal response to an immediate threat thought to be controlled by the ...
shutterstock x

Male sexual desire linked to brain gene

The locus of male sexual desire has been uncovered in specific regions of brain tissue where a key gene named ...
cyborg

Meet the cyborg who can help decode the human brain

His motion capture suit, sensor-embedded gloves, and virtual reality eyewear were already enough to turn heads. But what stopped people ...
large kxeovzeng bcltkwrzl csepxyu y eczwzjstqedsw

Viewpoint: The choosiness myth — Why are there fewer women in science?

In 1879, French polymath Gustave Le Bon wrote that even in “the most intelligent races” there “are a large number of ...
glp menu logo outlined

Newsletter Subscription

Optional. Mail on special occasions.