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‘Detecting consciousness’: Living with a missing cerebellum and other mysteries of the brain

Can electrical impulses in the brain explain the stuff that dreams are made of? ...
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Infographic: How social isolation forced by the coronavirus affects the brain?

[B]efore COVID-19 began its global spread, millions of people were already what researchers consider to be socially isolated—separated from society, ...
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Why do we dream?

Here's [David] Eagleman​​ and [Don] Vaughn​'s theory in nutshell: The role of dreams is to ensure that the brain's visual ...
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Sense of self: How the brain distinguishes ‘us’ from the world

We are highly sensitive to people around us. As infants, we observe our parents and teachers, and from them we ...
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How do antidepressants work? We still don’t know

[A]bout a third of Americans are showing signs of depression or anxiety, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s about ...
How the Hobbit films illustrate the way human brains evolved

How the Hobbit films illustrate the way human brains evolved

For Northwestern University neuroscientist and engineer Malcolm MacIver, [a scene from the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey where Gandalf and Bilbo ...
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Can cutting out carbs treat epilepsy? The ketogenic diet as a drug

The ketogenic diet has actually been used in the treatment of epilepsy since the 1920s. It had been known that ...
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Genetics might explain why obese and depressed people have less grey matter in the brain

Obesity is one of the major public health problems in western countries, with an estimated prevalence of up to 38%. Although ...
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Do males and females have different brain structures? Monkey study suggests ‘yes’

Using a noninvasive imaging technique, researchers found that male capuchin monkeys showed expansion in the gray matter of a brain ...
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Air pollution dramatically harms childhood brain development

Between 1981 and 1989, 26 outbreaks of asthma were reported in [Barcelona] with many cases centred around the harbour. Local ...
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What brain wiring has to do with cognitive differences in humans and other animals

A persistent question about [brain] connectomes has to do with what, if anything, distinctive wiring patterns have to do with ...
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Should we be treating Alzheimer’s by targeting the gut before brain symptoms even appear?

[M]isfolded protein build-up in the gut could contribute to the development of Alzheimer's-like symptoms in mice. This could suggest a ...
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To this man, numbers look like scrambled “spaghetti” but his brain works fine. What’s going on?

RFS is the first patient with an inability to see numbers. "He sees something … a scramble of lines and ...
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Why are left-handed people excluded from brain research?

About 10 percent of people prefer to use their left hand for everyday activities, like writing, a percentage that's remained ...
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Mystery inflammation syndrome connected to COVID-19 in children results in brain damage

[Children with COVID-19] can suffer everything from headaches to muscle weakness, along with visible signs of damage to the brain ...
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What is the slippery notion of ‘consciousness’?

As humans, we know we [are conscious] but haven't a clue how it arises. It's a facet of intelligent life ...
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Which depression treatment is right for you? AI could provide answers

Currently, depression is diagnosed by a survey — commonly, the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS) — which quantifies the severity ...
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‘Mind blindness’ makes it hard to remember the past and picture the future

[R]ecent studies have found that 2% to 5% of people will see nothing at all [when they try to imagine ...
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Brain stimulation could help you get stronger, faster

[Halo Neuroscience CEO Brett Wingeier] said that they make a headset which stimulates your brain to help you get better, ...
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Why do some scents trigger powerful memories?

Anecdotally, many of us have had experiences where a certain smell—perhaps chlorine, fresh baked cookies, or the salty beach air—floods ...
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American teens lose access to mental health care at 18 – with disastrous results

Age 18 is a particularly difficult time for a person to drop out of — or lose access to — ...
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Symphony of scents: Why do flowers smell different from rotting fish?

In the deep recesses of the nose are millions of sensory neurons that, along with our eyes and ears, help ...
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The lonelier you are, the more disconnected your self-image

Before going in an fMRI scanner, participants were asked to name and rank five people whom they are closest to ...
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Motivation complex: What explains that extra burst of energy as we near completing a goal or task?

Whatever it is you’re striving to achieve, science shows you’re likely to push harder the closer you feel to the ...
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Unlocking the ‘deepest secrets of our brains as we grow and age’

Just as our human relationships and connections can nudge, push, or dramatically shift societal values and consequences, the connections between ...
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Ancient African savanna was like a ‘chess board’, broadening the minds of early humans as they hunted for prey

Northwestern University researchers recently discovered that complex landscapes—dotted with trees, bushes, boulders and knolls—might have helped land-dwelling animals evolve higher ...
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Ignorance is bliss? Why people prefer to remain unaware of potentially unpleasant but useful information

A study of more than 2,000 people in Germany and Spain by Gerd Gigerenzer of the Max Planck Institute for ...
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30 years later in Romania: What happened to the babies deprived of human contact?

In 1990, the outside world discovered [Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu’s] network of “child gulags,” in which an estimated 170,000 abandoned ...