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The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

Brain Chip to Stimulate Orgasms

Researchers at Oxford University say a brain implant will one day stimulate pleasure centers for people who have trouble enjoying sex and otherwise …

This Cup Tricks Your Brain into Thinking Plain Water Has Fruit Flavors

In recent years, sugary drinks have seemed like public enemy number one when it comes to fighting America’s health and weight issues. Diet drinks …

Rewiring the Brain for Success

Success in life depends on the state of our brain, and the state of our brain depends on our state of mind. The negative mental states that stress generates literally shrink the higher order brain function that is needed to succeed.<p>The good news is that by actualizing qualities that promote a …

Happiness

You Could "Fix" Your Brain With Magnets (No, Really)

Illustrated By Jenny Kraemer.<p>Beyond their critical role in the art of fridge anagrams, magnets are easy to underestimate. But, researchers at the …

Parenting

Brain Map Shows How Schizophrenia Symptoms are Linked to Distinct Neural Circuits

<b>New analysis links cognitive, emotional, and intellectual symptoms to neurological ‘disruption’ in multiple brain regions – a finding with important</b> …

Neuroscience

Scientists make flatworm grow head and brain of different species

Scientists in the US have made a flatworm grow a head and brain of a different species without altering its genomic sequence. The research has …

Biology

New Brain Cell Formation and Long-Term Memory Enhanced by Running

<b>New study in mice in the inaugural issue of Brain Plasticity reports that new brain cell formation is enhanced by running.</b><p>Exercise can enhance the …

Neuroscience

This Is The Root of Happiness In Your Brain - PsyBlog

Happiness has two components which predict the size of this brain region.<p>Japanese neuroscientist have made a step forward in understanding the …

Happiness
Language

What Science Says About Your Brain On Black Friday

I am not a big fan of Black Friday. I’ve never been someone who waited in line for the hot, new, deeply discounted electronic must-have like some of my friends who gather to make an event of it. At least one study found that 99% of the deals out there really aren’t worth it and the frenzy may be …

The Brain

What your brain activity can reveal about your attention span

<i>This article is published in collaboration with The Conversation.</i><p>During a 1959 television appearance, Jack Kerouac was asked how long it took him to …

The Brain

Dazzling Images of the Brain Created by Neuroscientist-Artist

The brain has been called the most complex structure in the universe, but it may also be the most beautiful. One artist's work captures both the …

Neurophilosophy

How movies influence perceptions of brain disorders

Regardless of whether Julianne Moore wins an Academy Award on Sunday for her starring role in <i>Still Alice</i>, the film gets an "A" for accuracy in Mary Spiers's books.<p>Spiers, a clinical neuropsychologist and associate psychology professor at Philadelphia's Drexel University, critiques the way movies …

Scientists invent Nanotechnology that Connects your Brain to your Computer

A new science fiction technology has just been invented that will allow you to wirelessly interface with your computer straight from your brain.<p>“In …

Cannabis

Getting In Cognitive Shape: The Power Of Brain Fitness

Two important questions: First, how many hundreds of self-help books are written annually? Second, given such output, how much progress have we made as a whole in terms of becoming happier, more productive, and more fulfilled?<p>Isn’t it odd? We have so many answers and so many psychologists, …

Brain Fitness

Brain Scans Could Reveal If Your Relationship Will Last

When you're in the early stages of falling in love, you might hide it from friends and family. But you can't hide it from neuroscientists. By …

Hacking The Brain — Restoring Lost Abilities With The Latest Neurotechnologies

These applications will challenge what it means to be human.<p>A few weeks ago, I wrote about Ray Kurzweil's wild prediction that in the 2030s, nanobots will connect our brains to the cloud, merging biology with the digital world.<p>Let's talk about what's happening today.<p>Read more on Singularity …

Heroin Addiction: How Heroin Hijacked My Brain

Heroin is my God.<p>For me, sticking a needle into my vein, watching the blood register inside the cylinder, pulling the trigger, feeling the hot liquid moving up my arm, racing towards my heart, just waiting for the rush to explode the top of my brain with euphoria is better than sex.<p>But I wasn't …

Learning many languages does your brain good

ILLUSTRATION BY STEPH BRAVO<p>I REMEMBER my first day in Kindergarten when we learned Mandarin. The first lessons went: rensilang; shousichiu; tian …

How The Brain Tells Real From Fake: From Fine Art To Fine Wine

"If I'm allowed to have a favorite forger, which I know sounds a little bit funny, it would be Eric Hebborn, who's really the prince of art forgers," Noah Charney says. "He's the only one of over sixty that I look at in my book who I think is at the same level as the artists he forged."<p>This week on …

Art

Rewire Your Brain for Love: Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness

The thesis of Dr. Marsha Lucas’s new book is simple: By changing your brain, you can change your relationship. In fact, the title says it all: <i>Rewire</i> …