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Scientists Just Found a Fundamental Part of What Makes Your Brain Cells So 'Plastic'

"If something goes up, something must go down."<p>It's no secret that our brains are exceptionally flexible and can adapt to new situations. Whether …

Neuroscience

Zapping Your Brain Can Alter Your Physical Limits

Back in 2013, I wrote about a small experiment that felt like a very big deal. For years researchers had been debating whether the brain, for its own protection, keeps a hidden reserve of energy even when you’re pushed to what feels like your ultimate physical limits. Brazilian researchers used a …

The Brain

Author who studies millionaires: 240 minutes a day separates the rich from everyone else

There are 1,440 minutes in each day. That is the one common denominator we all share. With respect to time, we are all on equal footing. And most …

Self-improvement

12 Science-Backed Ways to Make Yourself Smarter

From chewing gum to having more sex, here are some things you can do to boost your brain power.<p>6 min read<p>There are a variety of things a person can do, at any age, to make themselves smarter. And they're easier than you think.<p>One simple way to make yourself smarter is to believe that it's possible …

The Brain

This Is Your Brain on Binaural Beats

How these otherworldly sounds may help you hear your way to a happier, healthier you.<p>For as long as she can remember, Jessica Trimberger has lived …

Brainwaves

Boosting memory: Serotonin receptor may be the key

A recent study gains fresh insight into the specific receptors that are involved in creating memories. The scientists hope that, in the future, this …

The Neuroscience of Trust

Publication Date: <b>January 01, 2017</b><p>Managers have tried various strategies and perks to boost employee engagement--all with little impact on long-term retention and performance. But now, neuroscience offers some answers. Through his research on the brain chemical oxytocin--shown to facilitate …

Want to remember your dreams? Make sure to take *this* vitamin before bed

If you’ve had one too many dreamless nights lately—or maybe you just tend to forget them the instant you wake up—there might be a way to start …

Sleep

Top 3 Well-Known Nootropics

Nootropics are drugs that improve mental (cognitive) function without stimulating the central nervous system (often called “smart drugs”). The name …

The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions

"We found a world that we had never imagined."<p>Last year, neuroscientists used a classic branch of maths in a totally new way to peer into the …

Neuroscience Explains Why You Need To Write Down Your Goals If You Actually Want To Achieve Them

I’m sure you’ve heard that if you want to achieve a goal, you need to write it down. I know it sounds a bit cliché, but it actually does work.<p>One of my studies, called “The Gender Gap and Goal-Setting,” found that both men and women need to do a much better job of writing down their goals (although …

Goal Setting

Sitting too much may weaken areas of the brain associated with memory, a new study found

Sitting too much is not just hazardous for your heart and waistline — it may also harm the brain.<p>People who spend more time sitting or engaged in sedentary behavior have thinner brain structures in a region of the brain associated with memory, according to a study newly published in the journal …

Decoding dreams: 6 answers to what goes on inside the sleeping mind

Dreams are so strange and carry so much significance to us that we often feel the need to tell people about our nocturnal adventures, sometimes at tedious length. But if you understand what goes on inside the brain as dreams take their course, they start to make a lot more sense. And dreams are …

The Brain

Yale neuroscientists debunked the idea that anyone is “normal” – Quartz

[T]here is no universally optimal profile of brain functioning. The evolutionary forces that shape our species select for a staggering diversity of human behaviors […] We propose that, instead of examining behaviors in isolation, psychiatric illnesses can be best understood through the study of …

How This 1 Protein Is Deteriorating Your Brain (and How Scientists Plan to Stop It)

Two types of treatments could offer protection against the VCAM1 protein in the future.<p>While you might associate protein mainly with packing on muscle and getting ripped, different types of proteins do all kinds of positive jobs in the body--they can transport atoms and molecules through you, work …

Medicine

Researchers Discover 'Anxiety Cells' In The Brain

Scientists have found specialized brain cells in mice that appear to control anxiety levels.<p>The finding, reported Wednesday in the journal <i>Neuron,</i> could eventually lead to better treatments for anxiety disorders, which affect nearly 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.<p>"The therapies we have now have …

Neuroscience

How the brain controls sex and attraction

Scientists made a significant advancement in figuring out how the brain is controlling sex.<p>By studying female mice, the researchers discovered that a …

The 20-Minute Workout Guaranteed to Improve Your Memory (and Get You in Better Shape)

No medications, meditation, or memory exercises required.<p>While it's common to think success is all about whom you know, success is almost always based on <i>what</i> you know. That's why we all want to learn faster, retain more information, and improve our memories.<p>And we all want to double-dip: To get …

Exercise

New study reveals how brain waves control working memory

MIT neuroscientists have found evidence that the brain’s ability to control what it’s thinking about relies on low-frequency brain waves known as …

This New Brain Study Shows Why Some People Are More Creative Than Others

Mapping the creative network in the brain.<p>Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can …

Scientists Figure Out How to Make Muscles from Scratch

For the past several years, Nenad Bursac has been trying to make muscles from scratch.<p>A biological engineer at Duke, Bursac came close in 2015, when …

Cell Biology

I Was A Skeptic Of Mindfulness … Until I Tried To Make My Case

<i>Our science staff is trying to lead a more scientific life in 2018. Throughout the week, we’ve been questioning whether some of our habits and</i> …

Mindfulness

This Protein in Your Brain Could Be at The Heart of Creating Memories

The little molecules that help with learning.<p>A mysterious protein that binds to RNA has been found to play an important role in the formation of …

MRI Scans Reveal Differences in Brains of People With Anxiety and Depression

These debilitating conditions have a physical basis.<p>In the United States, approximately 16 million adults are diagnosed with major depression …

The Brain

A device to increase human memory has been implanted, and it works

It's a matter of some debate exactly how many neurons we have in our brains, though it's somewhere in the millions, billions, or trillions. You'd …

Neurophilosophy

Breathing pure oxygen could repair brain damage years after a concussion

Brain Repair<p>Researchers have revisited hyperbaric oxygen sessions as a possible treatment for brain damage sustained after a concussion. According to …

Scientists figured out how to make cancer cells “commit suicide” — here’s how it works

Scientists have found a way to make cancer cells kill themselves in multiple ways, simultaneously.<p>“It’s like committing suicide by stabbing yourself, …

Scientists announce new gene-editing techniques aimed at common mutations

Genetics is having a moment in the sun. Last year, biologists at the University of Bath in England created mice with neon feet. Scientists edited human embryos for the first time in the United States in August, cutting out a mutation for a heritable heart disease. Earlier this month, research …

Genetics

Brain game: how fasting can make us brighter | Daniel Glaser

Eating less triggers a chemical in the brain that forms new brain cells<p>Many Jewish readers will be looking forward to a healthy breakfast this morning after the 25-hour fast of Yom Kippur which ended just after sunset yesterday. Although fasting is a part of many religious traditions, the evidence …

Fasting

How to reduce brain inflammation with a keto diet

New research uncovers and replicates the mechanism by which a ketogenic diet curbs brain inflammation. The findings pave the way for a new drug …

Diabetes