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Lasers turn lab mice into brutal killers

Happy little lab mice became bloodthirsty killing machines when scientists beamed lasers into certain parts of their brains, a new study shows.<p>The …

New Mathematical Model Shows How Our Brains Make Complex Decisions

"The first biologically realistic mathematical model."<p>Getting to the bottom of understanding how our brains work is a fascinating challenge for …

Neuroscience

Mystical experiences open a 'door of perception' in the brain

For Jordan Grafman, it was just a split-second vision.<p>"About 15 years ago, my mom died," Grafman told Live Science. "I was walking down the street to catch the bus at about 5 a.m., and I looked down the street and saw who I thought was my mom, although my mom had been dead for a week. I looked …

The Brain

This device can tell doctors just how conscious you are

How conscious are you? It seems like an unanswerable question. But new research from the University of Cambridge claims to be able to measure exactly …

University of Cambridge

The Brain Hack That Could Kill Your Procrastination

Recent research suggests we can artificially create motivation with a combination of psyching ourselves up and an fMRI scanner.<p>We can psych ourselves up and try to get motivated all we want, but it's often easier said than done. But recent research suggests that it can be scientifically crafted. …

How Music Affects The Brain: Using MRI to Study the Brain of a Virtuoso Violinist

<b>Until just a few years ago, violinist Jennifer Koh had no particular interest in the inner workings of the brain.</b><p>But then she suffered a concussion …

Violin

The U.S. Government Launches a $100-Million "Apollo Project of the Brain"

Three decades ago, the U.S. government launched the Human Genome Project, a 13-year endeavor to sequence and map all the genes of the human species. …

Machine Learning

Brain hacking is real, and it’s given this paralyzed man the ability to move again

As you’re reading this sentence, hundreds of millions of neurons are firing in your brain, controlling your behavior and actions. The electrical …

Singularity

Scientists identify neurons that help you process emotions

Scientists just got one step closer to understanding the nuts and bolts of how your mind handles emotions. An MIT team has identified two neural connections in the brain's amygdala regions that process positive and negative emotional events. By tagging neuron groups with a light-sensitive protein, …

Neuroscience Learns What Buddhism Has Known for Ages: There Is No Constant Self

Proving that science and religion can, in fact, overlap, University of British Columbia researcher Evan Thompson has confirmed the Buddhist teaching …

Neuroscience

Here's the Memory Trick That Science Says Works

If the brain could brag that’s pretty much all it would do. It’s easily the most complicated organ in your body, and, more than that, the nimblest …

The Brain

Brain activity is too complicated for humans to decipher. Machines can decode it for us.

Why we need artificial intelligence to study our natural intelligence.<p>Over the past several years, Jack Gallant’s neuroscience lab has produced a string of papers that sound absurd.<p>In 2011, the lab showed it was possible to recreate movie clips just from observing the brain activity of people …

Machine Learning