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Brain games: Computer interface lets multiple people play video games telepathically

Telepathic communication might be one step closer to reality thanks to new research from the University of Washington. A team ...
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Are plants conscious? Experts say trendy theory in biology based on misunderstanding of evolution

If a tree falls, and no one's there to hear it, does it feel pain and loneliness? No, experts argue ...
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Virtual reality could transform the way we treat anxiety disorders, chronic pain and Alzheimer’s

Experts used to worry that virtual reality (VR) would damage our brains. These days, however, VR seems more likely to ...
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Viewpoint: Psychiatry still hindered by all the things we don’t understand about the brain

The heart is not a mystery. We know a great deal (not everything) about how it pumps blood around the ...
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Viewpoint: Fake autism treatments driven by fear and ignorance

NBC News recently published an exposé on the dangerous and all-too-common practice of orally and anally administering bleach-based treatments to ...
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UB-311: Could this vaccine protect against Alzheimer’s?

Most vaccines prepare our body’s immune system to fight off so-called exogenous disease, such as measles or flu, caused by ...
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Fasting as a treatment for Alzheimer’s? Preliminary research indicates benefits

[Neuroscientist Mark] Mattson has spent decades researching calorie intake and Alzheimer’s disease. In several studies of mice genetically altered to ...
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Drugs used for depression, epilepsy may increase risk of dementia, study shows

Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia.  A study published in ...
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Human brains are drawn to the sound of music

In the eternal search for understanding what makes us human, scientists found that our brains are more sensitive to pitch, ...
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Surgically implanted chips could boost memory for people with traumatic brain injuries

Over the past five years, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has invested $77 million to develop devices ...
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Startup wants to combine DNA, machine learning for earlier autism diagnosis

Probably Genetic, which recently graduated from the startup accelerator Y Combinator, wants to test the DNA of children with autism ...
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Viewpoint: No, cell phones aren’t causing people to grow horns

You might have heard recently, from publications like the Washington Post, NBC, and of course, Newsweek, that some people are ...
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Microsleep: What happens to our brains when we’re both awake and asleep?

During microsleep, parts of the brain go offline for a few seconds while the rest of the brain stays awake ...
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Electrical ‘brain ripples’ could boost memory for the elderly, Alzheimer’s patients

Specific patterns of brain activity are thought to underlie specific processes or computations important for various mental faculties, such as ...
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Are people with ADHD really more creative than the rest of us?

Those affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are clinically thought of as inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive. However, people with ...
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GPS keeps you from getting lost. It also may be ruining your brain.

When people are told which way to turn, it relieves them of the need to create their own routes and ...
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Viewpoint: Neuroscientists cannot afford to ignore differences between male, female brains

Diseases like Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia manifest differently in men and women, and that’s important to know ...
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‘Zombie deer disease’ could make leap to humans, researchers say

Jeannine Fleegle [wildlife biologist] reached into a black garbage bag, pulled out a severed deer head, and placed it on ...
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New migraine treatments a game changer for some patients

Chronic migraine disorder, which a neurologist diagnosed [Michelle] Tracy with shortly after her initial ER visit, is defined as having ...
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Why popular image of autism as a male-dominated condition could hurt females

A commonly cited statistic is that boys have about a 1 in 52 chance of being placed on the autism ...
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Alzheimer’s trial seeks to harness the body’s immune system

Scientists in academic and corporate labs are already pursuing a host of new approaches that they hope will offer pathways ...
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‘On the precipice of memory loss’: Pursuing better diagnostic tools for patients with CTE and other neurodegenerative disorders

New imaging analyses hint at progressive brain disorders like CTE, offering people with memory issues difficult — but transformative — ...
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Why the US military and Elon Musk have jumped on the ‘cyborg hypetrain’

When Elon Musk and DARPA both hop aboard the cyborg hypetrain, you know brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are about to achieve ...
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Brain simulations could reveal how ‘self’ emerges from ‘seemingly random chattering among millions of neurons’

“Do we have a chance of ever understanding brain function without brain simulations?” So asked the Human Brain Project (HBP), the brainchild ...
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Infographic: Understanding autism’s origins and prevalence

More than 3.5 million Americans live with autism spectrum disorder — a developmental disability that has no blood test, no ...
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Why we need to be skeptical of claims about the benefits of brain wearables

[Brain] wearables are touted as ways to curb stress, sleep better, boost creativity or athleticism, or even address serious medical ...
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How augmented reality and avatars could change the way we interact

According to researchers at Stanford University, layering computer-generated content, like someone's avatar, onto a real-world environment will influence people's behavior ...
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Gut bacteria transfers could help relieve autism symptoms, research shows

What causes ASD has baffled psychiatrists and neurologists since the syndrome was first described, in the mid-20th century, by Hans Asperger and ...