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Brains May Teeter Near Their Tipping Point

In a renewed attempt at a grand unified theory of brain function, physicists now argue that brains optimize performance by staying near — though not …

Neuroscience

New Study Discovers Neurons That Rewrite Traumatic Memories

An estimated one-third of people will suffer from stress or fear-related disorders at some point in their lifetime. Certain traumatic memories can stick with us and wreak havoc, causing chronic anxiety, depression, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One of the most successful trauma …

Neuroscience

Neuroscientists Accidentally Discovered a Whole New Role For The Cerebellum

We've only just scratched the surface.<p>One of the best-known regions of the brain, the cerebellum accounts for just 10 percent of the organ's total …

Neuroscience

What Information Do Neurons Actually Store?

<i>What information do neurons actually store (physically)? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Fabian van den Berg, (Neuro)psychologist, on Quora:</b><p><b>What information do neurons actually store</b> …

Neuroscience

Lecture videos from MIT's "The Human Brain" undergrad course

MIT 9.11, "The Human Brain," is taught by Nancy Kanwisher, the Walther A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Brain & …

The Brain

You Have A Second Brain In Your Butt. You, Specifically

Today we are privileged to bring you more news in the rare but spectacular butt/mind crossover category. Scientists at Flinders University in Australia have pulled some amazing news right out of their… hats. They’ve discovered a “second brain” of sorts in mammals, called the enteric nervous system …

Neuroscience

Trio of genes supercharged human brain evolution

Three nearly identical genes could help explain how 0.5 liters of gray matter in early human ancestors became the 1.4-liter organ that has made our …

Neuroscience

Scientists hunt down genes behind humankind's big brain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have pinpointed three genes that may have played a pivotal role in an important milestone in human evolution: the striking increase in brain size that facilitated cognitive advances that helped define what it means to be human.<p>These genes, found only in people, …

Evolution

Neuroscientists Uncover the Roots of the Uniquely Large Human Brain

They've only ever been found in humans.<p>Over the past six million years, the human brain size tripled. Most of that super-growing happened during the …

Genetics

Schizophrenia as whole-body disorder – the 100-year-old idea only now being proven

A study from researchers at King's College London is suggesting that schizophrenia is not just a disorder of the mind but is also associated with …

The Brain

Being Socially Isolated for Long Periods of Time Reshapes Brain Chemistry

But the pain of loneliness may have a remedy.<p>Being lonely sucks. Sure, we all need our alone time now and then, but scientists have repeatedly found …

Neuroscience

If you grow a brain in a lab, will it have a mind of its own?

As our ability to create organs expands, ethical questions come into play.<p>There are lots of reasons one might want to grow brains. For starters, they would allow us to study human neurological issues in detail, which is otherwise quite challenging to do. Neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and …

Neurophilosophy

This poll asked Americans if they believe in God. The answers were fascinating.

20 percent of Christians don’t believe in the God of the Bible — but 17 percent of religious “nones” do.<p>“Do you believe in God?”<p>The question seems simple enough. But a Pew study released this week suggests that belief in God is far more complicated than a binary answer would suggest — and that …

Tiny Lab-Grown 'Brains' Raise Big Ethical Questions

Bits of human brain tissue no larger than a pea are forcing scientists to think about questions as large as the nature of consciousness.<p>These clusters of living brain cells are popularly known as minibrains, though scientists prefer to call them cerebral organoids. At the moment, they remain …

The Brain

Potential Reporting Bias in Neuroimaging Studies of Sex Differences

Altmetric: 345<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open<p>Sean P. David,<br>• Florian Naudet ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0003-3760-3801,<br>• Jennifer Laude,<br>• Joaquim Radua,<br>• Paolo …

Human Mini-Brains Implanted Into Mice Didn't Just Survive, They Integrated

But the mice didn't seem any smarter than usual.<p>The future of personalized medicine will very likely involve human “spare parts” to replace …

Humans produce new brain cells throughout their lives, say researchers

Humans continue to produce new neurons in a part of their brain involved in learning, memory and emotion throughout adulthood, scientists have revealed, countering previous theories that production stopped after adolescence. The findings could help in developing treatments for neurological …

Neuroscience

How babies learn – and why robots can’t compete

Deb Roy and Rupal Patel pulled into their driveway on a fine July day in 2005 with the beaming smiles and sleep-deprived glow common to all first-time parents. Pausing in the hallway of their Boston home for Grandpa to snap a photo, they chattered happily over the precious newborn son swaddled …

Parenting

What Is Brain Plasticity?

Brain plasticity, also known as neuroplasticity, is a term that refers to the brain's ability to change and adapt as a result of experience. When …

The Brain

The secret world of babies

This lab is revealing the hidden workings of babies’ brains… and could prove key in getting earlier support to children who have neurological differences like autism.<p>I am sitting in a lab in London, holding my wriggling baby son in my arms, while two scientists gently try to remove a …

The Brain

Scientists Say They Have Developed A Memory-Restoring Prosthetic For The Human Brain

Scientists may have just developed the first successful memory-restoring prosthetic for the human brain. Using technology that can truly be called a “brain hack,” they report being able to boost memory by about 35% over a baseline measurement.<p>This first-of-its-kind implant study took a novel …

The Brain

How a Book Helped Me Get My Brain Back

In the first week of January 2017, my car was hit by a truck while I was stopped at a red light. I suffered a concussion, which is why I have not …

The brain learns completely differently than we’ve assumed, new learning theory says

(credit: Getty)A revolutionary new theory contradicts a fundamental assumption in neuroscience about how the brain learns. According to researchers …

The Gut-Brain Connection, Mental Illness, and Disease

We are never truly alone. On our skin, in our gums, and in our guts live 100 trillion organisms, altogether known as the microbiome. These beasties …

Immune System

Reverse engineering consciousness: Is the brain a quantum computer?

The human brain is often described as a powerful computer, a metaphor that leads many experts to fear AI could one day become sentient. But what if developers seeking to create machines that think are barking up the wrong tree?<p>Our minds, according to some, are actually <i>quantum</i> computers. And, if …

Elon Musk's brain implant start-up reportedly planned to test on animals

Neuralink, a company cofounded by Elon Musk that aims to develop brain implants for boosting people's mental capabilities, had plans to test products …

Alzheimer’s memories could be switched back on with implant

Alzheimer’s sufferers could once again remember the faces of loved ones, or find their way back home, after scientists developed a way to boost memories.<p>In a groundbreaking pilot study, US researchers recorded memories as they were being formed and then later played them back into the brains of 10 …

Study overturns age-old theory of brain learning

For decades, scientists thought that learning occurs in synapses, or the numerous junctions between brain cells. But now, a new study proposes that …

Almost 'fully-formed' human brain grown in lab

A nearly fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time ever, according to scientists from Ohio State University -- though …

Scientists Just Discovered New Kinds of Cells in The Human Brain

It could help detect brain disease before it occurs.<p>Neuroscientists have discovered a new way to categorise neurons at a molecular level. This will …