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What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?

As you read this, wiggle your toes. Feel the way they push against your shoes, and the weight of your feet on the floor. Really think about what your …

Brain's limits lead to unconscious choices in what we see and remember

The human brain is a marvel of power and flexibility, and a pair of new studies out Monday demonstrates that when it runs up against the limits of its capacity to take in and store information, the brain often relies on its agility to fill the gap. In the process, however, information can be …

The Brain

It's time to get your brain in shape

<b>(CNN) —</b> From the outside, the human brain might not be much to look at. What makes it fascinating is hidden within, in the complicated circuitry of neurons that makes you who you are.<p>Scientists are trying to understand this complex network and find the key to staying sharp as we age. In the …

Chronic stress can hurt your memory

Do you tend to forget things when you're stressed? Like when you're late for a meeting and can't remember where you left your car keys? Or when you have to give a big presentation and suddenly forget all your talking points seconds before you start?<p>There's nothing like stress to make your memory go …

Brain training: opt-in, optimise-in, or go extinct

Brain training games guilt trip you into turning every opportunity to relax, into a chance for self-improvement. What if you don't improve? That's your fault – sorry!<p>Brain training is everywhere. Because of the benefits of "neuroplasticity", the brain can be constantly optimised and improved to …

Brain Hacking Our Way To World Peace: New Neuroscience Says It Just Might Be Possible

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a blog arguing that the social component of video games seems to be increasing empathy and somehow blocking the contagiousness of violence.<p>Turns out, this week, a new study published by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology provides a considerable amount of …

Study: Practice Doesn't Always Make Perfect Memories

New research suggests that repetition—while strengthening some aspects of memory—may interfere with our ability to remember nuanced, specific details.<p>It seems intuitive that if you want to remember something, repetition is the key. How many of us could have survived high school without late nights …

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

What is so special about the human brain?

The human brain is puzzling -- it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a …

How we form habits, change existing ones

About 40 percent of people's daily activities are performed each day in almost the same situations, studies show. Habits emerge through associative …

Scientists catch brain damage in the act

Scientists have uncovered how inflammation and lack of oxygen conspire to cause brain damage in conditions such as stroke and Alzheimer’s …

Top 10 Physics Findings That Will Tangle Your Brain

There's a reason Albert Einstein always looked like he'd stuck his finger in a light socket: Physicists spend their days doing some of the most mind-blowing research in science. Here are 10 physics findings that will cramp your brain and make your hair stand on end.<p><i>"Expanding Universe" by Mblegacy</i> …

Headset Lets You Explore a Brain in Real Time

AUSTIN, Texas — What if it were possible to explore your brain in virtual reality, watching your thoughts flashing before your eyes? A team of neuroscientists and software developers have created a way to do precisely that.<p>A new system combines brain scanning, brain recording and virtual reality to …

The Brain

How Disappointment Works In The Brain

By Christopher Wanjek, Columnist<p>Published: 09/27/2014 12:55 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>That feeling of "oh, bummer," is linked with a rather uncommon type of brain signaling, new research shows. The finding could lead to a new class of drugs to treat depression, researchers say.<p>That downer feeling …

Alzheimer's patients can still feel emotion long after memories have vanished

A new study further supports an inescapable message: caregivers have a profound influence -- good or bad -- on the emotional state of individuals …