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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 ...
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How the study of ‘affective touch’ could offer a better understanding of autism and its causes

Strong reactions to touch are remarkably widespread among people who have autism, despite the condition’s famed heterogeneity. “The touch thing ...
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Why we have to look for early signs of psychosis in people with autism

Most young autistic people do not and will not have psychosis or schizophrenia. As a class, psychotic disorders are relatively rare ...
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Inside the brains of Neanderthals: Were they capable of ‘symbolic and abstract thinking’?

We know from the archaeological record that much of Neanderthal hunting, foraging, and toolmaking behavior was quite similar to that ...
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AI discovers new autism-linked mutations in ‘junk’ DNA

Many mutations in DNA that contribute to disease are not in actual genes but instead lie in the 99% of ...
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Video: Alzheimer’s and the disappointing history of amyloid research

The idea that sticky brain plaques cause Alzheimer’s disease began as an interesting hypothesis and eventually became drug industry dogma. Now, ...
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Do creative minds draw inspiration from a special place in the brain?

By using the dorsomedial part of what scientists refer to as the brain’s “default network,” creative people can stretch their ...
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Infographic: These supercomputers mimic human brains to boost computing power

Neuromorphic hardware takes a page from the architecture of animal nervous systems, relaying signals via spiking that is akin to ...
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Why you may have invented your earliest childhood memories

Around four out of every 10 of us have fabricated our first memory, according to researchers. This is thought to be ...
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Do we really seek partners who look like our parents?

Time and again, we’ve heard the assertion that we’re attracted to partners who look like our parents. … An example ...
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After another promising Alzheimer’s drug trial fails, we have to ask: Are we on the right path to a cure?

As trial after trial of beta-amyloid drugs fail, there's a possibility that Alzheimer's researchers have the wrong target ...
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Cubs’ Bill Buckner succumbed to Lewy body dementia and Ted Turner is battling it. How it’s different from Alzheimer’s

Bill Buckner, the famed Boston Red Sox hitter who also famously missed a ground ball during the 1986 World Series, ...
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Ouch! Here’s how your brain deals with pain and the emotion that follows

“At its core, pain is just something that hurts or makes you say ouch," says Karen Davis, a senior scientist at ...
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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, ...