Saints and psychopaths, light and dark: Which personality type is more likely to succeed?

Saints and psychopaths, light and dark: Which personality type is more likely to succeed?

There is an oft-touted saying that ‘Nice guys finish last’ and, on the face of it, this might seem correct ...
Exploring the science and mystery of dreams

Exploring the science and mystery of dreams

While there is a vigorous debate over whether the actual conscious experiencing of dreams while they occur serves a function, ...
Pigs are ‘hot’ as family pets. Are they as social as dogs?

Pigs are ‘hot’ as family pets. Are they as social as dogs?

Pork is now the most widely eaten meat in the world. At the same time, owing to the creation of novel, smaller ...
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Brain food or health fad: Can you really boost cognition with nootropics?

What if you could think better, faster, and have a stronger memory? Nootropics, found in foods and supplements, are believed ...
‘Tip-of-the-tongue’ phenomenon: Does it signal cognitive decline and dementia?

‘Tip-of-the-tongue’ phenomenon: Does it signal cognitive decline and dementia?

[A] person is certain she knows the word she is searching for. It may seem as if the AWOL term ...
Replicants: How humans and AI – artificial intelligence – could merge

Replicants: How humans and AI – artificial intelligence – could merge

Researchers are starting to build hybrid collaborative systems that combine the best of an AI model’s superpowers with human intuition. In this, humans ...
Human nature and self identity: How much does our character change throughout life?

Human nature and self identity: How much does our character change throughout life?

Everyone grows and sees their interests, hobbies, passions, and opinions change over time, but does that mean that our very ...
The growing tachysensia community: What is it like when our mind’s speedometer goes awry?

The growing tachysensia community: What is it like when our mind’s speedometer goes awry?

Drive for an hour at 65 mph on an interstate alongside other vehicles moving at similar speeds. Then take an exit ...
Alzheimer’s hotspot map: Where it’s most prevalent and why that matters

Alzheimer’s hotspot map: Where it’s most prevalent and why that matters

An emerging body of research is identifying counties and neighborhoods with higher prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 5.8 million ...
Psychedelics are gaining gradual acceptance by mainstream medicine

Psychedelics are gaining gradual acceptance by mainstream medicine

Interest in psychedelic healing on the whole shot up in the last few decades, but a combined cultural stigma and ...
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Critical defense against Alzheimer’s: Deep sleep

Research is increasingly linking insomnia to dementia, the umbrella term for a range of conditions that cause a decline in ...
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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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