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Brain Training May Help Calm The Storms Of Schizophrenia

Reality, if you think about it, is a kind of social contract. You and I might be strangers, but we agree, at least at a really basic level, on what is real.<p>So when you talk to someone who isn't signed onto that same contract, it's kind of unsettling.<p>"What do the gloves do?"<p>I'm asking a guy named …

Magic trick choices aren't as random as they seem - Futurity

Magicians influence their audience's decisions, such as which cards they pick, while maintaining the illusion of free choice.

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Laser-Controlled And See-Through Brains Get Biomedical Prize

In addition to being scientifically important, Karl Deisseroth's research makes for some really cool-looking pictures<p>The scientist who figured out how to make organs see-through and how to control brain cells with laser light is getting a shiny new award today. Psychiatrist Karl Deisseroth, a</i> …

Is 'brain fingerprinting' a breakthrough or a sham?

In 1999, a woodcutter named James B. Grinder confessed to a 15-year-old murder, the death of a 25-year-old woman named Julie Helton. A short time later, he recanted, contradicting himself over and over. His blood had been taken and compared against the crime scene samples — but with such an old …

Tipping point of Parkinson's Disease, discovered by Cambridge University

Cambridge University discovered the level at which a protein in the brain suddenly becomes toxic<p>Scientists believe they have found the tipping point in the brain which triggers Parkinson’s Disease in a breakthrough which brings hope of future therapies.<p>Cambridge University discovered the level at …

People with autism have uniquely synched brains - Futurity

Brain scans of people with autism show idiosyncratic patterns in brain connectivity. The same is not true for people without the disorder.

Treating young autistic mice with oxytocin improves their social behavior

It's early, but the finding could lead to human therapies that work for some forms of autism spectrum disorder<p>Treating young mice who display symptoms of autism with oxytocin, a hormone involved in human bonding, improves their social behavior for as much as a week, according to a study published …

Neuroanatomy-A Primer

The human brain is a unique structure that boasts a complex three-dimensional architecture. Neuroscientists are only beginning to understand how the …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

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Schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder have more in common than previously thought

The genes that increase a person's risk of developing psychiatric illnesses work together in the body, geneticists say<p>Schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder have more in common than previously thought. Not only are they linked through shared genes, the genetic mutations associated with …

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

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Blast Force

The Invisible<br>War on the Brain<p>Brain trauma from blast force is the signature injury of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, afflicting hundreds of thousands of U.S. combat personnel. Although unseen, the damage strikes deeply into a soldier’s mind and psyche.<p>Marine Cpl. Burness Britt waits to be …

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How a damaged brain can be healed

Two books on risky brain surgery give us cause for hope when it comes to treating neurological diseases<p>Norman Doidge is not shy of hyperbole. His previous book, he tells us, bore tidings of “the most important breakthrough in understanding the brain and its relationship to the mind since the …