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If you think your brain is more than a computer, you must accept this fringe idea in physics

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. Its central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

Physics

Scientists Have Discovered a Weed Addiction Gene

In the past it may have seem fun to poke fun at your stoner friends but after a team of scientists have discovered a pot addiction gene, it may no …

Mindfulness Training Optimizes Brain Connectivity

A new study has pinpointed how mindfulness training triggers changes in neural networks. These changes in brain connectivity allowed veterans who …

Mindfulness

Antimatter changed physics, and the discovery of antimemories could revolutionise neuroscience

The theory of antimemories could help explain many cognitive problems in the brain such as autism and schizophrenia.<p>One of the most intriguing …

Are You Disorganized? Research Says That’s a Good Thing

In Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Steven Johnson posits that “<i>the more disorganized your brain is, the smarter you …

Five Everyday Activities That Hurt Your Memory

Turns out there are several surprising and common activities people do that make them more forgetful.<p>You can’t find your phone. You don’t remember if you answered your client’s email. And you forgot the question you wanted to ask your colleague when you bump into her in the hallway.<p>If you’re …

From mind melds to 'the dress,' here's what we learned about the brain in 2015

From a viral photo that changed how we see the world to studies of how the brain changes as we age, here are some of the biggest discoveries we made about the brain this year:<p>Star Trek fans had cause to rejoice this summer, because scientists created what some have referred to as the first "mind …

The Brain

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Viva vagus: Wandering nerve could lead to range of therapies

With outposts in nearly every organ and a direct line into the brain stem, the vagus nerve is the nervous system’s superhighway. About 80 percent of …

Scientists Have Discovered That Your Brain Logs A Timestamp At The Moment Of Your Death

Scientists researching circadian rhythms and the brain’s internal clock have stumbled on a fascinating, if morbid discovery. It turns out that when you die, your brain logs a timestamp of sorts for your passing.<p>Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, following up on a 2013 study, looked at the …

What's So Special About the Human Brain?

Why do we study other animals and they don't study us?<p>What is it about the human brain that allows the cognitive ability for abstract reasoning and creativeness?<p>What is it that makes the human brain so special?<p>It comes down to one thing humans do that no other living creature does.<p>I just watched a …

The Brain

The brain's 'on-off switch' for human consciousness is even more intriguing than we thought - ExtremeTech

The brain’s ‘on-off switch’ for human consciousness is even more intriguing than we thought<p>By on December 2, 2015 at 7:50 am<p>This site may earn …

10 Ways Sarcasm Makes You A Better Person

JK, you're the worst.<p>Forget Spanish or French. For some people, sarcasm is a second language.<p>While everyone lobs a snarky remark here and there, a sarcastic person expresses humor in verbal irony by making statements that defy their literal meaning. Anecdotally, many people who identify as …

Psychology

Recognizing the Basic Structure of Language is Not Unique to Human Brain

<b>A team led at Newcastle University, UK, has shed light on the evolutionary roots of language in the brain.</b><p>Publishing in <i>Nature Communications</i>, the …

Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) as a clinical case of depression

In this article I would like to reconstruct the Siddhartha Gautama’s (historical Buddha) life and experience from the perspective of the development …

Spirituality

Certain lifestyle factors may increase risk of younger onset dementia, research suggests - Health - ABC News

We tend to think of dementia as a disease that strikes the elderly.<p>But recent figures from Alzheimer's Australia suggest around 25,100 Australians …

Partner Personality Traits Over The Years: Surprising Findings

The question of whether similar or dissimilar personality traits are a source of romantic attraction and marital satisfaction has been debated for …

6 Steps Introverts Can Take Now for a Less-Stressful Holiday Season

The holidays are a whirlwind of activity. Stores are more crowded. Out-of town-guests take over the guest bedroom (and the bathroom, and the kitchen, and the sofa). And then there are the parties -- work parties, friends' parties, parties you're hosting. Even for extroverts, the month of December …

Cycling and depression: can riding help beat the 'black dog'?

For those who have never experienced depression, it is nearly impossible to understand. The mentally healthy among us try to help those with …

What Higher Consciousness Really Means, How We Attain It, and What It Does for the Human Spirit

“At such moments, the world reveals itself as quite different: a place of suffering and misguided effort … but also a place of tenderness and longing, beauty, and touching vulnerability. “<p><i>“[Leonardo da Vinci’s] unique brain wiring … allowed him the opportunity to experience the world from the</i> …

OMG I Can't Even—How Much Anxiety Is Normal and How Can Millennials Cope?

You Might Like{{displayTitle}}<p>Born between the 1980s and 2000s? You may find yourself more overwhelmed by life’s daily stressors than your parents …

Gene Therapy For Brain Disorders Delivered by Eye Drops

<b>New system uses MRI for non-invasive monitoring of gene expression, treatment effect.</b><p>A research team including NIBIB-funded scientists has developed …

Can You Think Yourself Into a Different Person?

<i>We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true? Will Storr wades through the</i> …

What Your Plate of Food Says About Your Personality

You'll never look at your food the same way.<p>Just like a fancily plated dish can speak volumes about a restaurant, the way you arrange a family-style meal on your plate can say a lot about you, according to Juliet Boghossian, a behavioral food scientist and Food-ology founder who has been examining …

Food

Unraveling the Neural Circuitry of Cravings

<b>Dartmouth researchers studying rats have discovered that activation of designer neural receptors can suppress cravings in a brain region involved in</b> …

Three Exercises to Build Your Mental Toughness

We admire them. We are awestruck by them. And in many ways, we aspire to be like them. But what we often forget about people who are mentally tough …

Dogs look like their owners – it’s a scientific fact

The canine “mini-me” reveals a narcissistic tendency within us all – a trait that may also be shaping your love life, says David Robson. (Photography by Gerrard Gethings.)<p>Go to any park, and you will see the strange phenomenon of the canine mini-me. Maybe it’s a bearded hipster, accompanied by a …

Psychology

Faster Brain Waves Make Shorter Gaps in the Visual System

<b>“Blink and you’ll miss it” isn’t only for eyelids. The human brain also blinks, dropping a few frames of visual information here and there.</b><p>Those …

This is about the time I chose not to die.

I’ve waited two years to write this story.<p>I waited two years because I needed to cycle clients and employees through the shop. I needed to see that …

21 Signs That Americans Are The Unhappiest People In The Entire World

<b>How can we possibly be so miserably unhappy? For a nation that supposedly “has it all”, we sure are depressed.</b><p>In America today, suicide rates are …