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Building a better nose: Can a robot sniff as well as a dog?

Olfaction remains a stubborn biological enigma. Scientists are still piecing together the basics of how we sense all those volatile ...
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We could try to build a conscious robot. But how would we know if we succeeded?

Consciousness seems to stem from the struggle between our brain's beliefs and perceptions. How can we design neural networks to ...
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It ‘no longer exists’: Why Asperger’s is now diagnosed as autism

The APA reports that “autism is the most severe developmental disability. Appearing within the first three years of life, autism ...
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Computer-based ‘brain-training’ program could aid veterans who suffer traumatic injuries

It has been 27 years since an attack on a U.S. military convoy in the Middle East left Army reservist ...
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Understanding autism’s broad spectrum can ‘save’ family relationships

That half of the family is on the spectrum and half not makes the Wiesenthals interesting to Molly Losh, director of ...
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Dream quest: Why you can’t remember your dreams—and how you can change that

For many of us, dreams are an almost intangible presence. If we’re lucky, we can only remember the most fleeting ...
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Building a better hearing aid: This one filters out unwanted sounds by reading your mind

The brain is unsurpassed in its ability to pick out juicy tidbits and attention-grabbing voices against a cacophony of background ...
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Mad genius and genes: Are highly creative people more likely to suffer mental illness?

The idea of the "creative madman" (or woman) has persisted throughout history with Vincent Van Gogh as Exhibit A. Science ...
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There’s something in elderly blood that hurts our brains. Is this protein the culprit?

Something in elderly blood is bad for brains. Plasma from old mice or humans worsens cognition and biological indicators of ...
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How blinking alters the way our brains perceive the passage of time

Every few seconds, each time you blink, your retinas are deprived of visual input for a period lasting anywhere between ...
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Video: See how the brain makes memories

Watch Princeton University’s Nicholas Turk-Browne describe his research on how the human brain makes, stores and adjusts memories. Read full, ...
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Podcast: Is the ‘bliss gene’ real?

In the interview, Maria Konnikova is back for another round of “Is That Bullshit?” Because Mike experiences less anxiety than ...
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Can we rejuvenate brain function by disabling this protein? It worked with older mice.

Scientists have shown that delivering blood from an old mouse into a young mouse or vice versa prompts a sort ...
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Chasing the ‘perplexing’ link between appendectomies and Parkinson’s disease

New research has found a perplexing, though relatively small link between the devastating neurological illness Parkinson’s disease and having your ...
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When meditation goes wrong: Some people find it distressing, survey shows

One of the most stereotypical relaxing things to do—meditation—may actually cause distress for some people, according to the findings of ...
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Are men angrier than women? Or do they just show it more?

Science is beginning to provide new explanations about the ways that personality, age, gender and life experiences shape the way ...
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Using AI to understand biological vision is another step toward engineering artificial brains

[Recently,] two studies independently tapped into the power of [artificial neural networks] to solve a 70-year-old neuroscience mystery: how does ...
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Autism war rages: Is it a medical condition or ‘neurodiversity’?

[There is] a deep divide in the autism community: On one side are parents of autistic children with severe traits ...
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Replacing the polygraph: Brain imaging could give us a reliable lie detector

It’s fairly common knowledge at this point that the polygraph test for detecting who is lying is not reliable enough ...
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Our powers of perception are boosted by our brain that guesses what’s about to happen

Imagine picking up a glass of what you think is apple juice, only to take a sip and discover that ...
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Social skills in people with autism could be improved through 2 new drug treatments

New research seems to show encouraging progress in helping treat the complex neurodevelopmental disorder autism. Two unrelated clinical trials, involving ...
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Was our brain growth kick-started by ancestors scavenging bone marrow from animal carcasses?

A new theory challenges assumptions about when and how our ancestors altered their behaviors to boost brainpower ...
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‘Reverse engineering’ our brains with silicon chips could help us understand consciousness

The fact that computers “think” very differently than our brains do actually gives them an advantage when it comes to ...
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Viewpoint: Targeting amyloid deposits isn’t working. It’s time for a new approach for Alzheimer’s treatments

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results, then the last decade or ...
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Building artificial brains to help us understand our own

You’d think that overseeing an entire issue of The Scientist focused on artificial intelligence would cause my mind to wander far into ...
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Autism diagnosis for children as young as 14 months could boost treatment potential

When screening for autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests that children can be reliably diagnosed with autism at an ...
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Fathers who exercise may also improve the genetics of their children, study suggests

A positive perception of regular exercise may be one of the more lasting gifts a parent can give their children. But there’s ...
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Podcast: Why do we like sweet foods? How taste and smell color our sense of the world

University of Florida researcher Linda Bartoshuk has been recognized as an expert on interactions between smell, taste and psychology for ...