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Consciousness May Be a Lot Like Making Coffee, Say Scientists

We tend to think of losing consciousness as an abrupt shutting down of our awareness of the world, like flicking a light switch. But it’s actually …

Neuroscience

Can Quality Sleep Prevent Alzheimer’s?

A recent study suggests a solid night’s sleep may help the brain process a “garbage” protein buildup that, over time, could impact the development of …

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryThe Watchdogs That Didn’t Bark April Glaser Why the privacy advocates that hounded the NSA won’t go after Facebook.<p>Why Were Republicans So …

Donald Trump

One in 50 people have a rare disorder that prevents them from picturing a beach in their head

For most people this is an easy task, but for a small proportion, it's impossible. Known as "aphantasia," doctors have described for the first time a condition where people can't form mental images in their "mind's eye."<p>It's thought that as many as one in fifty people might have aphantasia. Some …

The Brain

The science of forgiveness: “When you don’t forgive you release all the chemicals of the stress response”

Researchers are studying how we can let go of our grievances and live a healthier life. Here’s how it works<p><b>The Burn Surgeon: How Anger Can Impede Healing</b><p>In 1978, Dr. Dabney Ewin, a surgeon specializing in burns, was on duty in a New Orleans emergency room when a man was brought in on a gurney. A …

Psychology

You Asked: Why Do I Get Hangry?

Long-term couples know all too well the perils of the early evening hours: that touchy time after work but before dinner hits the table.<p>It’s prime …

Holistic Medicine

The disturbing consequences of seeing your doppelganger

One morning, a man discovered his double staring him in the eyes. Anil Ananthaswamy explores a dangerous hallucination that reveals how the brain constructs our sense of self.<p>More than two decades ago, Peter Brugger, as a PhD student in neuropsychology at the University Hospital Zurich in …

Consciousness

How to Change Your Mind: The Science of Breaking Habits

Everything you do, think and feel is the result of one powerful organ -- your brain. The conductor of consciousness, the author of your story, the frontier of your future -- whatever name you want to call it, it's important to recognize the vital role your brain plays in directing your life.<p>Your …

Can Alzheimer’s proteins be spread via medical procedures?

This computer artwork shows the brain’s neural network represented by lines and flashes. A new study indicates Alzheimer’s markers in the brain may …

Dementia

How to Make Kids Less Terrified of Math

Remember quaking at the thought of algebra? A new study published in <i>The Journal of Neuroscience</i> looks at kids who have math anxiety and finds that …

Mathematics

Depression Might Literally Color The Way We See The World (UPDATE)

<b>UPDATE:</b> The authors of the study covered in this article voluntarily retracted their study from Psychological Science in November 2015 after noticing errors in their methodology. They told the journal they “remain confident in the proposition that sadness impairs color perception” but would conduct …

Psychology

Drinking Alcohol Changes Your Brain to Make You Want to Drink More Alcohol, Says Study

You may be planning a quiet evening in this weekend, but your brain could have other plans for you. New research from Texas A&M and the University of …

Neuroscience

Men Are Different

I was visiting friends with two young children when Ruthie, their 7 year old daughter, asked if I wanted a tour of their home. Honored, I followed her lead. Soon she brought me to her brother's (who was 4) room, "...this is Jack's room, don't be scared, there are a lot of swords and other weapons", …

Mental Health

Ben Carson’s theocratic lie: The pernicious myth of America the “Christian nation”

The surging presidential candidate revives a destructive, ahistorical trope about America’s founding<p>One of the more enduring tropes on the religious right is this notion that America is a Christian nation, or at the very least a nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles. This has become central …

Religion

'Transmittable Alzheimer's' concept raised

<b>People may be able to contract Alzheimer's during certain medical procedures in the same way as the brain disease CJD, say researchers.</b><p>Contaminated surgical instruments or injections, such as human growth hormone, may pose a rare but potential risk, they speculate in Nature.<p>The theoretical hunch …

Dementia