Matt White

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Psychedelic Drugs Reshape Cells to "Repair" Neurons in Our Brains

Psychedelics could show the way to a new generation of medicine.<p>Psychedelic drugs like LSD, DMT, and psilocybin (the chemical in magic mushrooms) …

Being Socially Isolated for Long Periods of Time Reshapes Brain Chemistry

But the pain of loneliness may have a remedy.<p>Being lonely sucks. Sure, we all need our alone time now and then, but scientists have repeatedly found …

The Only Thing Creepier Than Déja Vu Is its Opposite, Dêjà Rêvé

It's like a dream, but you're wide awake.<p>Déjà vu is the phenomenon that a person experiences when they feel that they’ve experienced an event in …

This is what your smartphone is doing to your brain — and it isn't good

All day long, we're inundated by interruptions and alerts from our devices. Smartphones buzz to wake us up, emails stream into our inboxes, notifications from coworkers and far away friends bubble up on our screens, and "assistants" chime in with their own soulless voices.<p>Such interruptions seem …

Serotonin Promotes Perseverance

A new study reports serotonin enhances our desire to persist at a task.

The biological origins of culture

By Nathan Gardels<p>Nathan Gardels<p>Bio<p><i>Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California, is one of the most original thinkers in neuroscience today. Recently, he sat down with The WorldPost to discuss his new book, “The Strange Order of</b> …

LSD Treatments Can Actually 'Harmonise' The Brain, Study Shows

Huge finding for treating mental disorders!<p>In recent years, scientists have been uncovering potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelic substances …

Neuron creation in brain’s memory centre stops after childhood

Scientists are already debating whether the findings could overturn 20 years of conventional thought.<p>Every day, the human hippocampus, a brain region …

Foresee and Forget: How to Remember the Future

We’re all familiar with the following scenario: You use the last pat of butter at breakfast and make a mental note to go to the store after work. …

Entangled Quantum Particles Can "Communicate" Through Time

In the world you know, actions have causes and effects, objects exist as one thing or another, and everything is what it is whether you observe it or …

This Sensor Lets Scientists See Neuron-Level Brain Activity in Real Time

Picture this: you’re at a boisterous party, trying to listen in on a group conversation. People are talking over each other and going a mile a …

Researchers Find Algorithm for Large Scale Brain Simulations

Researchers have developed a new algorithm which can speed up brain simulations on supercomputers.

‘Barbarism’: Texas judge ordered electric shocks to silence man on trial. Conviction thrown out.

By Meagan Flynn<p>Meagan Flynn<p>Morning Mix reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>In Tarrant County, Tex., defendants are sometimes strapped with a stun belt around their legs. The devices are used to deliver a shock in the event the person gets violent or attempts to escape.<p>But in the case of Terry Lee Morris, the …

Stress May Not Only Affect The Brains Of The Stressed, Suggests New Study

Science just bolstered the wisdom that it’s never a good idea to bring your stress home with you. A new study suggests that stress changes certain brain structures, and those changes are mirrored in the brains of others. If that’s true, the effect would help explain why we seem susceptible to …

Neuroscience and Society Series: Buildings and the Brain

<b>“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us”<br>- Winston Churchill</b><p>When he made this remark, the great orator was actually speaking …

Understanding the smallest brain circuits: Researchers reveal how anatomically distinct microcircuit brain networks suppress each other, compete and collaborate

Researchers reveal how anatomically distinct microcircuit brain networks suppress each other, compete and collaborate<p>Researchers have found a …

How flashing lights and pink noise might banish Alzheimer’s, improve memory and more

Neuroscientists are getting excited about non-invasive procedures to tune the brain’s natural oscillations.<p>In March 2015, Li-Huei Tsai set up a tiny …

Low-cost EEG can now be used to reconstruct images of what you see

(left:) Test image displayed on computer monitor. (right:) Image captured by EEG and decoded. (credit: Dan Nemrodov et al./eNeuro)A new technique …

Developing a Laboratory Model for Inclusion Body Myositis

If you were diagnosed with a disease, there are two questions you would immediately want answered:<p>1. How can we treat it?<p>2. What caused the …

How the Temperature of Your Nose Shows How Much Strain You Are Under

<i>Summary: Facial temperature, specifically the temperature above the sinuses, rises as cognitive demands increase, researchers report.</i><p>Source: …

Mapping the Neural Circuits Governing Thirst

Researchers have identified a specific network in the brain of mice that drives the need to drink.

Receptors Key to Strong Memories

The strength of a memory depends upon the number of receptors in a synapse, researchers report.

Gut-Brain Communication Demonstrates How Organs Can Work to Regulate Lifespan

Researchers discover how the gut and brain work in coordination to regulate longevity in worms.

Funding for Training Methods to Enhance Cognition in Aging

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the 27 institutes and centers within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), invites clinical trial …

Brain Stimulation Helps Younger, Not Older, Adults’ Memory

Contrary to existing thought, researchers report transcranial direct current stimulation is not as effective at improving memory in older people as …

Domino Effect: Individual Damaged Neuron Types Cause Neurodegenerative Diseases

<i>Summary: Age related neurodegeneration may be delayed by preventing oxidative damage in a few neuron types, researchers report.</i><p>Source: TUM.<p><b>If the</b> …

Holding Hands Can Sync Brainwaves and Ease Pain

Researchers report holding hands with a loved one causes brain waves to fall into sync. The more synchronized the brain waves between partners, the …

Allen Brain Institute shares huge database of computerized neurons at work

Seattle’s Allen Institute for Brain Science has created a publicly available database of computerized neuron models that could be used as building …

LSD Study Reveals Unprecedented "Harmonic" Reorganization of Brain

The drug appears to hit a "reset" button in the brain.<p>Ongoing neuroscience research on psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin is increasingly …

Noninvasive skull optical clearing window for cortical imaging

Researchers have demonstrated a noninvasive approach for creating an optical window in the skulls of mice to image their brains. Prof. Dan Zhu and …