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Transcending the Brain

Despite significant advances in neuroscience, consciousness remains a vexing mystery. Because the qualities of experience seem to be irreducible to …

Spiritual Retreats Trigger Feel-Good Chemicals in the Brain

Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University found 'significant changes' in serotonin and dopamine transporters in the brains of participants in a …

Neuroscience

Brain ‘rewires’ itself to enhance other senses in blind people

“Our results demonstrate that the structural and functional neuroplastic brain changes occurring as a result of early ocular blindness may be more …

Neuroscience

Two putative human sex pheromones turn out not to be

FOR several decades biologists have pondered the question of whether men and women produce pheromones. A pheromone is a chemical signal from one …

The Downsides of Being Very Emotionally Intelligent

Gemma is extremely caring and sensitive. She pays a great deal of attention to others’ emotions and is kind and considerate. Gemma is also quite optimistic. She is usually upbeat and remains positive even in the face of bad news. Her colleagues love working with her because they see her as a beacon …

Warning: Your New Digital World Is Highly Addictive

Science has learned many lessons about what makes something addictive. And now this knowledge is being used by the tech business to gain our …

This MIT robot reads your mind to know when it screws up

Baxter can read your mind to learn if it's getting a simple task right or wrong, possibly setting up a foundation for thought-controlled machines.<p>Meet Baxter, a humanoid robot that can recognize and respond to a thought we probably all have about others all the time: "You're doing that …

Robotics

A minimalist explains how a psychological trick called 'the beginner's mind' could make your life easier

A lot of joy could be found with the same practice.<p>And it is simple: practice seeing life with a beginner's mind.<p>I'm stealing this of course from Zen Buddhism's shoshin and Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind," and I've written about it numerous times. But it's more fundamental than most …

Meditation

How the Brain Builds Memory Chains

Think about the first time you met your college roommate. You were probably nervous, talking a little too loudly and laughing a little too heartily. …

This Is Your Brain on Poverty

Recently I listened to an excellent podcast series on poverty in the U.S. by WNYC called “Busted: America’s Poverty Myths.” One message that stuck …

Last of 'too silky' woolly mammoths blighted by bad mutations

Researchers comparing genomes of ancient and more recent Arctic island relatives find latter developed coats too soft for the cold<p>Woolly mammoths were in the grip of a mutational meltdown before dying out, scientists have revealed, adding that the last surviving population of the hairy giants might …

Paleontology