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Zap your brain for a better you

Squirt some conductive gel on your skin, place a lightweight headset on your noggin and, according to a number of companies at CES, there's barely a limit to the types of self-improvement you can achieve. You can improve your sleep or your athletic performance, or lose weight. You might relieve …

The Brain

You think you’re clairvoyant, but your brain is just tricking you

Have you ever felt as though you predicted exactly when the light was going to turn green or sensed that the doorbell was about to ring? Imagine the possibility that these moments of clairvoyance occur simply because of a glitch in your mind’s time logs.<p>What happened first — your thought about the …

Psychology

Sound waves enhance deep sleep and memory

CHICAGO - Gentle sound stimulation — such as the rush of a waterfall — synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves significantly enhanced deep sleep in …

The Brain

The 10 Big Brain Science News Stories Of 2017

The big brain science stories of 2017 included new reveals about psychedelic drugs, how bacteria influence the brain, the realities of brain trauma, potential Alzheimer’s treatments, what marijuana does in the brain besides get you high, and much more. As is true every year, it’s impossible to …

The Brain

What yogis know

In a March 31 <i>Science</i> paper, they identified a handful of nerve cells in the brainstem that connect breathing to relaxation, attention, excitement and …

Stanford University

Physicists Overturn a 100-Year-Old Assumption on How Brains Work

This is how neurons actually fire.<p>The human brain contains a little over 80-odd billion neurons, each joining with other cells to create trillions of …

Neuroscience

Scientists studying brains to learn how music aids healing

WASHINGTON — Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the …

The Brain

There's a scientific reason some people are more motivated than others — but it's possible to change

• <b>Motivation takes place in the part of the brain known as the nucleus accumbens, where neurotransmitters send chemical messages — such as dopamine — to the rest of your body.</b>• <b><br>Scientists found that "go-getters" have higher levels of dopamine in the reward and motivation portions of the brain.</b>• <b><br>If you</b> …

Neuroscience

Making eye contact with your baby can synchronize your brainwaves

<b>The hypothesis</b><p>Previous research has demonstrated that babies and parents achieve synchronization in a number of different ways. The most outward is …

Action video games expand the brain's cognitive abilities

The human brain is malleable – it learns and adapts. Numerous research studies have focused on the impact of action video games on the brain by …

Depression's causal mechanisms in the brain identified with new method

People with major depressive disorder have alterations in the activity and connectivity of brain systems underlying reward and memory, according to a …

How a 10-minute exercise may give you the focus of an athlete

It is all in the mind...<p>HuffPost<p>We can all recognise that there’s a big difference between the focus of a well-trained athlete and the rest of us. …

60 Uplifting Quotes to Read When You are Having a Bad Day

<b>Keep smiling because positivity attracts positivity.</b><p>When you feel your day is not going as expected, don’t let worries hover in your mind. Take a few …

Brain Enhancing Drugs Are on the Horizon

Someday we’ll be able to give children a genetic test for cognitive ability before they even enter school. How do I know this? A team of researchers …

The Brain

Scientists may have found a way to inject information directly into the brain

In a new study, scientists have used electrical currents to inject information directly into the brains of monkeys.<p>Scientists have apparently figured …

'Human guinea pig' Tim Ferriss doesn't eat for 72 hours at a time — and he says it gives him more energy and focus

• <b>Bestselling author and star podcast host Tim Ferriss undergoes a monthly three-day fast in addition to longer supervised fasts.</b>• <b><br>He said the habit makes him feel physically and mentally refreshed.</b>• <b><br>There is established research showing that intermittent fasting is proven to be effective for weight</b> …

Did Religions Arise from Our Misunderstanding of Human Consciousness?

Humans have been claiming to hear the voice of God for eons, but one psychologist's controversial theory disputes whether we ever heard it at all. …

The human brain can 'predict' the future, new scientific study shows

Study from the University of Glasgow shows dialogue between eyes and brain.<p>The human brain is able to 'predict' what your eyes will see before you …

'Hallucination Machine' Takes You on a Drug-Free Psychedelic Trip

Virtual-reality devices can transport users to magical realms from the comfort of their own homes, but a new device built by British engineers takes …

We're not seeing and hearing what we think we're seeing and hearing

<b>Warning</b><b>: This article contains a flashing image that may not be suitable for photosensitive epilepsy.</b><p>You might think you see and hear continuously, …

A NEW THEORY OF THE RELATIONSHIP OF MIND AND MATTER

The relationship of mind and matter is approached in a new way in this talk. This approach is based on the causal interpretation of the quantum …

Why Pavlov Matters: Associative Learning Plays a Vital Role in Our Daily Lives

The science of learning has more fully developed the function of Pavlovian conditioning than the facile characterization so often posed in the …

Cult leaders like Charles Manson exploit this basic psychological need

Know what to look out for.<p>Charles Manson, who died November 19, famously attracted a coterie of men and women to do his bidding, which included committing a string of murders in the late-1960s.<p>Manson is undoubtedly a fascinating figure with a complicated life story. But as someone who studies human …

Charles Manson

Brain Manipulation Could Help Failing Artists Win Back Fans, Study Suggests

Your music taste is more easily influenced than you think.<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>On Tuesday, Beyoncé officially unseated Taylor Swift as …

Opinion: Science shows this is how you can make better investment decisions

There are serious flaws with our decision-making process.<p>Neuroscientists have used the latest functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques …

What Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?

Exercise is just as good for the brain as it is for the body, a growing body of research is showing. And one kind in particular—aerobic …

When You Learn, Your Brain Swells with New Cells — Then It Kills Them

Every time you learn a skill, new cells burst to life in your brain. Then, one after another, those cells die off as your brain figures out which …

The Brain

Activity in brain's thinking and problem-solving center linked to avoiding anxiety

Boosting activity in brain areas related to thinking and problem-solving may also buffer against worsening anxiety, suggests a new study by Duke …

The right meditation can literally reshape your brain

Contemplative exercise can improve your life by refining your mind, so it’s worth trying. But it’s also worth knowing what will work for your particular purposes.<p>An Oct. 4 study in Science Advances (pdf), led by neuroscientist Sofie Valk at the Max Planck Institute for Human and Cognitive Brain …

Mindfulness