Chapter 11 of my book, 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know. Here's the introduction to the book, and my post about the most important idea in neuroscience. Summary: Mirror neurons are cells that
There are already thought-controlled gadgets and smart phone apps. But recently, a group of scientists at MIT took brain-computer interactions to a whole new level. While they weren't able to create memories
We spend about one-third of our lives sleeping, but much of that function remains a mystery. Weekend Edition Sunday is asking some pretty fundamental, yet complicated, questions about why we do it and
My baby could not look more like a subject in a laboratory experiment. Wearing a soft white skullcap attached by long wires to an EEG machine measuring his brain activity, he is also surrounded by computer
Recently, my nearly-4-year-old niece suffered the kind of childhood accident every parent dreads: she fell off her bike and broke a front tooth high above the gum line. The resulting pain and eventual
Our public media colleagues over at KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, have a fascinating two-part report on the efforts of schools in the Los Angeles area to address the effects of "toxic stress"
Bilingual education in schools has long been a political hot potato -- it was banned in California by a 1998 ballot measure, which the state Senate is now asking voters to repeal. But politics aside, an
Climate change: We all know it's a huge problem, and most of us want something done about it. Unfortunately, nation-state level approaches haven't made any significant headway. According to Thomas W. Robert
People generally like eating meat—when poor people start making more money, they almost invariably start buying more meat. As the population grows and eats more animal products, the consequences for climate
Google isn’t big on college degrees, although the search giant is inundated with applicants touting perfect GPAs from Ivy League schools. Google’s chairman and head of hiring, Laszlo Bock, has given a
We need to get good at it, since the tools we use to do our jobs are changing every year. In a recent Quora thread, users answered the question: What learning strategies do people who are "quick learners"
Lisa Congdon whimsically illustrates and hand-letters expressions from Marie Curie to Abraham Lincoln. “I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with