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Cryogenically frozen brains will be 'woken up' and transplanted in donor bodies within three years, claims surgeon

People who have had their brains cryogenically frozen could be 'woken up' within three years, a pioneering Italian surgeon has claimed.<p>Professor Sergio Canavero, Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, is aiming to carry out the first human head transplant within 10 months and then …

Breakthroughs

"Brain age" found to be a predictor of death

While your chronological age will tell you how long you've been riding around on this planet, your biological age might actually be a more important …

The Brain

45 minutes' exercise a week boosts brain power in over-fifties

Just 45 minutes of exercise a week boosts the brain power of people in their fifties and over, major new research has revealed.<p>A review of dozens of previous studies found that even one session of moderate aerobic and resistance activity is enough to enhance people’s alertness, decision-making and …

Exercise

Electrical Stimulation To Boost Memory: Maybe It's All In The Timing

People with a brain injury or dementia often struggle to remember simple things, like names or places. In research published Thursday in the journal <i>Current Biology,</i> scientists have shown it may be possible to improve this sort of memory using tiny pulses of electricity — if they're properly timed.<p>A …

The Brain

This 17 Year Old May Have Revolutionized Brain Injury Treatment

What were you doing at 17? Chances are it wasn't as earth-shattering as what Indrani Das just accomplished. In 2017, she won the top prize in the …

The Brain

If you get less than 8 hours of sleep, your day will be terrible

I am writing this story sleep-deprived on six hours of sleep, with my cognitive functions significantly impaired. Likely, you are reading this …

Bedtime Stories

The Secret to Avoiding Mental Distractions

The brain is like a muscle. If you want to get better at focusing, practice.<p><i>How can we control our mind from distraction? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Adam Piore, author of The</b> …

ADHD

The Brain Tricks Heavy Drinkers Into Thinking They're Functional Alcoholics

Heavy drinkers tend to think that they’ve attained some sort of practice and are better able to handle themselves while drunk. But previous research …

The Brain

Potential new treatment found for 'chemo brain'

Chemotherapy is the most commonly available form of cancer treatment, but its serious side effects are well-known. New research investigates the …

How Complaining Rewires Your Brain For Negativity (and How You Can Use Mindfulness to Help You Stop)

Are you a complainer? Do you sometimes feel like anything you do can be complained about? Complaining feels good, like how smoking and eating …

Mindfulness

Why do some of us find it easier to forgive? Neuroscience sheds light

Whether we condemn the villain in a movie or feel that somebody has wronged us personally, many of us make moral judgments on a daily basis. From a …

Psychology

For half a century, neuroscientists thought they knew how memory worked. They were wrong

We rely on memory to pass exams and excel at trivia nights, but in fact the stakes are far higher than simply recalling facts, no matter how essential. Memory structures our identity; it’s the foundation of consciousness. Our past and current selves, emotions, and experiences, are linked together …

Neurology

Specific Brain Region Influences Anxiety and Emotions in Healthy Adults

Emerging research suggests the size of a specific area of the brain appears to influence emotional regulation in healthy people.<p>In a study of healthy …

Anxiety

This "Smart Drug" Could Hack Your Brain Chemistry to Increase Your Intelligence

The Science of Nootropics<p>Nootropics, broadly speaking, are substances that can safely enhance cognitive performance. They’re a group of (as yet …

The Brain

Don't Forget: You, Too, Can Acquire a Super Memory

Learning a memorization technique used by elite memory athletes leads to widespread changes in brain wiring<p>Elite memory athletes are not so different …

Neurology

Rules of memory 'beautifully' rewritten

<b>What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it.</b><p>The US and Japanese team found that the brain "doubles up" by simultaneously making two memories of events.<p>One is for the here-and-now and the other for a lifetime, …

The Brain

PTSD could be treated with this antibiotic: study

LONDON – A common antibiotic called doxycycline can disrupt the formation of negative thoughts and fears in the brain and may prove useful in …

Neurology

Treating depression is guesswork. Psychiatrists are beginning to crack the code.

Brain scans and machine learning programs are paving the way for a breakthrough.<p>Here’s a frustrating fact for anyone who has been prescribed medication or therapy for depression: Your doctor doesn’t know what treatment will work for you.<p>“It is currently complete primitive guesswork,” Leanne Maree …

Depression

This Common Mental Shortcut Can Lead To Bad Decision-Making

The brain's natural tendency to cut corners can pave the way for irrational decisions.<p>Our brains like to take shortcuts wherever they can.<p>Mental shortcuts, known in psychology as heuristics, act as a way for the brain to conserve energy and work more efficiently. These little tricks and “rules of …

Psychology

Why Do Some People Recover Faster From Sleep Deprivation?

We’ve all pulled an all-nighter at least once. We know it’s probably not a good idea, but sometimes we have work that needs to get done. Or maybe we …

The Brain

What Happens to Your Brain When You Stop Believing in God - Tonic

My belief in God didn't spontaneously combust—it faded. I lost my virginity at 16. I stopped going to church. I snuck out past curfew. As punishment, my mom made me memorize Bible verses, and I recited them like recipes.<p>I wasn't the only kid who stopped believing. A record number of young Americans …

Atheism

Your ability to focus has probably peaked. Here's how to stay sharp.

Having a hard time focusing lately? You're not alone. Research shows interruptions occur about every 12 minutes in the workplace, and every three …

The Brain

Science Says You Hit More Than a Physical Peak--Here Are the Exact Ages You Master Other Life Skills

Based on the results of multiple studies, surveys and analyses, scientists have a pretty good idea when you'll do best in specific areas.<p>Let's be honest. You want to get the most out of life, right? Well, that goes hand in hand with knowing when certain skills or resources will peak. From that …

Retirement

Keep talking to yourself—it’s doing wonders for your brain

We carry inner monologues with us throughout the day. Sometimes we have internal messages that monitor and judge how we’re coming across in a particular situation. Other times we’re psyching ourselves up for a challenging interaction or preparing for an important life event. Or, more often than …

Psychology

Neuroscience: Coffee Can Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer's

A cup of coffee a day just might keep the doctor away.<p>Love coffee? You might be in luck. Although the fresh, aromatic bean has long been lauded for its many uses and benefits, it can be difficult to see a real use for coffee outside of its primary function--keeping us awake when we don't have the …

Dementia

How emotions are 'made': why your definition of sadness is unlike anyone else's

Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett is changing the way we think about our emotions<p>Lisa Feldman Barrett says we need to revamp our thinking on emotions. …

Emotions

Alzheimer's disease linked to the metabolism of unsaturated fats, new research finds

A new study published in <i>PLOS Medicine</i>‘s Special Issue on Dementia has found that the metabolism of omega-3 and omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids in the …

Not to be sniffed at - losing sense of smell predicts early death

People who lose their sense of smell in middle or older age risk dying early, a new study suggests.<p>Although previous research has shown a link between Alzheimer’s disease and a diminished sense of smell, it is the first time is has been shown to impact the chance of death for everyone.<p>Scientists …

Accelerated brain aging may be in your genes

Different people age at different rates and the same goes for their brains, according to scientists at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), …