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Would a Psychopath Cheat a Psychopath Test?

I'm a fan of endeavours that bring science to the general public in a fun and accessible way, like the DIY Science Zone at this year's GeekGirlCon or anything Neil DeGrasse Tyson does, ever. That also includes citizen science, in which the general public can actually participate in experiments, …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

Scientist Related to Killers Learns He Has a Psychopath's Brain

James Fallon admits he has a lot in common with serial killer Ted Bundy and Columbine assassin Eric Harris. He is aggressive, lacks empathy and is a …

How Poverty Taxes the Brain

It's time to listen to the voices in your head

Hearing voices in your head when there's no one around … that's a sign of madness, right?<p>In the popular imagination voice-hearing is often viewed with fear and suspicion, frequently reified as a chaotic, corrupted symptom of illness. But that is changing, with a growing acceptance of voice-hearing …

The devil you know: inside the world of a psychopathic scientist

James Fallon has the biology of a stone-cold killer — and he would know<p>James Fallon is a happily married father of three, an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, the founder of several successful biotech companies, and a scientific advisor to the US Department of …

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

An Interactive Map Of The Brain

Time to play "name that cortex."<p>Can you point out the small squiggle of gray matter that makes up the brain's motor cortex? Or how about the eye fields, which control visual attention and eye movements? No? Take a look at this handy interactive infographic created by Open Colleges, an Australian …

The psychology of spiritualism: science and seances

As the evenings get darker and the first hint of winter hangs in the air, the western world enters the season of the dead. It begins with Halloween, continues with All Saints' and All Souls' days, runs through Bonfire Night – the evening where the English burn effigies of historical terrorists – …

Trapped in God’s Subconscious

1.8-million-year-old skull shakes mankind’s family tree

Some had protruding foreheads, others had short, squashed faces. Some had enormous jaw muscles and big teeth, while others had enormous heads to hold bigger brains.<p>They had one thing in common, however: They were family -- our ancient family, that is, from around 2 million years ago.<p>The world's …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Scientists Have Found A Way To Make Marijuana Un-Fun

An anti-dopamine drug could block the addictive rush associated with THC.<p>Researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Massachusetts Medical School have found a way to block the dopamine rush associated with THC, the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, in order to …

How Insomnia Affects How The Brain Concentrates

Researchers have new clues as to why it's <i>so hard</i> to concentrate after a bad night's sleep.<p>A new study published in the journal Sleep shows that even though people with insomnia and people without insomnia were able to perform equally on a working memory task, the brains of those with the condition …

First Video Of A Thought Being Formed In The Brain

This is a brief video from Japan's National Institute of Genetics of what's believed to be the world's first footage of a thought being formed. $10 …

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Early Isolation Impairs Brain Connections

<b>Early Isolation Impairs Brain Connections</b><i><br>Children who've experienced early neglect show reductions in their white matter—particularly in the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain linked to decision making, working memory, and social function, Corfas says. To track how isolation might affect the development of the myelin-producing glial cells, called oligodendrocytes, the researchers bred mice in which those cells would glow: They added green fluorescent protein to the creatures'</i> …

Our Mysterious Brain

There are many big moments in scientific discovery. Humans have explored our world and learned incredible things. We’ve discovered a giant asteroid …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

Advertisement<p>32 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / StudioSmart<p>A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of …

How to Think Yourself Well

What if you had the ability to heal your body just by changing how you think and feel? I know it sounds radical, coming from a doctor. When people …

Psychopathic criminals have empathy switch

<b>Psychopaths do not lack empathy, rather they can switch it on at will, according to new research.</b><p>Placed in a brain scanner, psychopathic criminals watched videos of one person hurting another and were asked to empathise with the individual in pain.<p>Only when asked to imagine how the pain receiver …

9 Philosophical Thought Experiments That Will Keep You Up at Night

Sometimes, the best way to illustrate a complicated philosophical concept is by framing it as a story or situation. Here are nine such thought …

Habits: why we have them and how to break them

Psychology<p>The index card<p><b>The index card:</b> Dr Benjamin Gardner provides 10 facts about habits, including their purpose, speed of acquisition and why you might need to move house<p>First published on Sun 13 Oct 2013 02.00 EDT<p>Share on Facebook<br>• Share on Twitter<br>• Share via Email<p>Topics<p>Psychology<br>• The index card

The Hyperrealistic Sculptures of Ron Mueck

London-based sculptor Ron Mueck, formerly a model maker and puppeteer for children's television and films, has been creating fine art sculptures since 1996. Using resin, fiberglass, silicone, and many other materials, Mueck constructs hyperrealistic likenesses of human beings, while playing with …

The Spooky Stories Behind 10 Of America's Most Famous Haunted Houses

Unless, of course, we're talking about dream haunted house features.<p>It's October, and we're forgoing the usual roundup of eye candy in favor of some cobweb-draped places most people wouldn't dare put a down payment on.<p>Tales of horror, glimpses of ghosts and a bevy of cobweb decor — it's all here.

Top 10 Ghost Towns

With their silent streets, derelict buildings, and remnants of homes and workplaces, abandoned towns offer a haunting view into the lives of once thriving communities.<p><i>Here’s a look at our top ten from around the world:</i><p><b>1. St. Elmo, Colorado</b><p>Once a booming mining town and trading post along railroad …