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Learning while you sleep may be possible: researchers

Learning while you sleep may become possible as researchers have found that the brain continues processing information while the body sleeps<p>Do not worry about falling asleep in class – you may be able learn while you sleep, Cambridge scientists suggest as they find the brain can process information …

Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science

Whether the issue is climate change, healthcare or gun control, libertarians are on a permanent collision course with evidence<p>The observation that science and politics make uneasy and often treacherous bedfellows is hardly revelatory. In science, all hypotheses must withstand the trial-by-fire of …

Brand new brain myths to keep neurobloggers in work

The recent release of Susan Greenfield’s new book and the film Lucy, both of which are dependent on tired misconceptions or dubious theories about the brain, suggest one worrying conclusion: we are running out of myths about the brain. So here are some new ones, to keep things ‘mysterious’<p>One of …

Why trying to listen makes us freeze in place - Futurity

A new study reveals exactly how the brain's motor cortex, seemingly in anticipation of movement, can tweak the volume control in the auditory cortex.

Research

Using light, scientists make bad memories good in mice

Can a bad memory be turned into a good one? Scientists say they've been able to do just that in a group of mice by activating certain parts of their brain with light.<p>The findings in the journal Nature show that memories can potentially be modified without drugs or extra training -- simply, if …

How the colour red warps the mind

Red is perhaps the most manipulative colour, influencing everything from your behaviour in the workplace to your love life. How? David Robson finds out.<p>We can never know what was going through our ancestors’ minds, tens of thousands of years ago, when they first picked up natural crayons and began …

Psychology

Open thread: should we manipulate our memories?

Have your say: As scientists find a way to reverse the emotions associated with certain memories, do we need to draw the line on thought control?<p>Mind control is the subject of countless science fiction films and futuristic novels.<p>But now neuroscientists at MIT <b>have discovered</b> which part of the brain …

Logging

Screen Strain: Why The TV Your Kids See Does Matter

The grocery-line screen flashes its cooking tips, and my baby twists his neck, owl-style, to gawk at the chefs making crab cakes. Screens are everywhere: not just in our homes, but our roads, planes, cars and restaurants. So what’s a parent to do, in the face of the 2011 station from the Academy of …

Watch this boy born deaf hear music for the first time

A 3-year-old boy who was born deaf has been caught reacting to music for the first time — and it looks like he's ready to bust a move.<p>In the home video, Auguste Majkowski listens with a smile on his face to a 1977 tune called "Ma Baker." When the music cuts off, he makes a tilted "T" with his hands …

US researching implants that'll help your body and mind heal itself

America's mad science division is at it again, this time imagining a future where your body won't need (as much) medicine to stay healthy, simply by using the resources it already has. Put simply, a person's peripheral nervous system runs the internal organs and summons the troops to fight off …