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Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

By Amy Ellis Nutt<p>, Reporter<p>“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was …

Ask a MacArthur Genius: How does the brain remodel itself?

By Erin Blakemore<p>, Freelance reporter<p>Newly crowned MacArthur Fellow Beth Stevens is into remodeling — but not the kind that requires a hard hat. In her neuroscience lab at Boston Children's Hospital's F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center, she watches the brain’s fastest-moving cells flit from synapse to …

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Increase Your Mind Power with These 7 Techniques

Open your mind and realize all the possibilities that disclosed to you. There is no end to the debate about intelligence, cognition, and mental …

The Brain

I Have Schizophrenia, But I'm Just a Normal Working Mum: Sonia's Story

<i>Published as part of Schizophrenia Awareness Week in the U.K.</i><p><b>Sonia's story</b><p>The one message I'd like to give to people about schizophrenia is that yes, it is severe illness that can affect your life in a very complex and negative way. But people who have it are just like you and me, trying to make …

These Foods Might Be The Secret To A Happy Brain

Here's what the science says about how fermented foods can boost your mood.<p>The human gut is home to trillions of bacteria that affect not just our digestion, but also the way we think, feel and behave. Research increasingly suggests that gut bacteria imbalances may play a significant role in mental …

Psychologists Push For Smartphone Warning Labels

Technology addiction may be the next big public health issue.<p>We're used to seeing warning labels on alcohol, cigarettes and prescription drugs, for obvious reasons.<p>But if one group of scientists has anything to say about it, similar warning labels will soon be showing up on your smartphone or …

The Internet May Be Changing Your Brain In Ways You've Never Imagined

"Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski."<p>Five years ago, journalist Nicholas Carr wrote in his book <i>The Shallows: How The Internet Is Changing Our Brains</i> about the way technology seemed to be eroding his ability to concentrate.<p>"Once I was a …

We Can Identify A Friend's Voice After Hearing Just Two Words

Humans are smarter than machines when it comes to voice recognition.<p>The human voice carries a great deal of information about who people are -- information that can be decoded in a way that allows us to rapidly identify individuals and traits.<p>In fact, humans have such sophisticated vocal …

7 Surprising Early Signs And Symptoms Of Alzheimer's Disease

These behavioral changes may warn of Alzheimer's — and they have nothing to do with memory problems.<p><b>SPECIAL FROM</b><p>The average Alzheimer’s patient is not "Still Alice,” the 50-something linguistics expert from last year's Academy Award-winning movie who faces a devastating diagnosis of early-onset …

12 Ways Your Pet Can Improve Your Mental Health!

When I am feeling down and weary, and I can barely lift myself off the couch, my dog comes to my rescue. She cuddles with me, then motivates me to get up, dressed, and out the door for a walk or some play time. Somehow my fur-baby even gets me to smile, no matter how miserable or stressed I feel.<p>I …

This Is How Laughter Really Affects Your Body

You already know that laughing does wonders for you. You’ve felt it brighten your day, calm your mind and lift your mood to whole new heights, all thanks to an inside joke in the office, a hilarious comment from a kid, or a totally spontaneous mishap that makes you (and everyone around you) burst …

What You Should Know About Psychiatric Genetic Testing

Managing medication for a mental illness can be a drawn-out, trial-and-error process for many patients. Now, the growing field of psychiatric genetic testing may change that by testing a patient's DNA to determine which medications he or she is likely to respond well to.<p>But the field is also highly …

This Is What It's Really Like To Live With Schizophrenia

Someone's illness does not define them.<p>One of the common misconceptions about schizophrenia is that people who experience the disorder can't have productive, stable lives. But a new campaign is here to prove that couldn't be further from the truth.<p>Rethink Mental Illness produced this video for the …

A Scientifically Proven Trick For Remembering Someone's Name

I'm Kate, by the way.<p>Even the greatest listeners can have trouble remembering a new acquaintance's name. It happens to the best of us, and for some reason, it's terribly embarrassing.<p>Luckily, science may have found a solution we can all use. In a study to be published in the journal Consciousness …

8 Toxic Thoughts You Deserve to Let Go Of

Being the romantic that I am, I often like to think about going back and giving my younger self some kind of advice, some little bite of wisdom that might change the past. For instance but not limited to: "that guy is going to turn out a total loser" or "patent pleather pants will look really silly …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Banker David Drumm, ex-CEO of Anglo Irish Bank, in US custody facing extradition

Arrest follows request by Dublin prosecutors who are pursuing executives over massive failure of Anglo Irish, which needed huge government bailout<p>US marshals in Massachusetts have arrested David Drumm – the former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank who is seen as a culprit in Ireland’s banking …

The incredible story of the man who lived a normal life with almost no brain

One of the biggest myths about the brain is that bigger is always better. But what about those who sit on the extreme end of that scale?<p>How much of our brain do we actually need to survive?<p>Looking through the archives of medical history, there are a number of people with tiny brains, or brains with …

Weird

How to Create the Perfect Gallery Wall

<i>By Scott Phillips, Houzz Contributor</i><p>Creating a gallery wall in your home can be an affordable way to transform a room with the paintings, photographs, illustrations and personal pieces that matter to you. Whether you want to create a statement in your living room or simply make a staircase or blank …

House Painting Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes (and How to Avoid Them)

To help you avoid mistakes on your next paint job, we put together this list gathered from painting experts, The Family Handyman editors and our …

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4% of people hear music in a completely different way — and it tells us something fascinating about the brain

To an estimated 4% of the world, that's what the stuff we call music sounds like.<p>These people are tone-deaf, a disorder known as congenital amusia. People who are really tone-deaf aren't just bad at karaoke: They can't pick out differences in pitch, the quality of music we're referring to when we …

The Brain

Ray Kurzweil: In The 2030s, Nanobots In Our Brains Will Make Us 'Godlike'

Once we're cyborgs, he says, we'll be funnier, sexier and more loving.<p>Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil predicts humans are going to develop emotions and characteristics of higher complexity as a result of connecting their brains to computers.<p>“We’re going to be funnier. We’re going to be sexier. …

Boredom is not a problem to be solved. It's the last privilege of a free mind | Gayatri Devi

Lean in to boredom, not your smart phone screen. You’ll learn more about yourself and the world around you than you think

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Minimalism

From a scientific point of view, how are our tastes created?

<i>"There's no accounting for taste!"</i><p>Typically we explain taste — in food, music, movies, art — in terms of culture, upbringing, and sheer chance. In …