Deborah Grainger

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These brilliant scientists each won $3 million for discovering a way to turn brain cells on or off using light

Two of the scientists honored at this year's awards were Ed Boyden of MIT and Karl Deisseroth of Stanford, who pioneered a technique for turning brain cells on or off using pulses of light.<p>A total of $22 million was awarded during a gala on Sunday night hosted by TV producer Seth MacFarlane, with a …

Innovation

Poof! The Planet Closest To Our Solar System Just Vanished

The disappearance of Alpha Centauri Bb raises questions for planet hunters looking for Earth-sized alien worlds.<p>Scientists just made a planet disappear. According to a new study, Alpha Centauri Bb, a world in the nearest star system to us, was merely a ghost in the data.<p>The planet, thought to be …

Nutrition

A Mediterranean diet could protect your brain from shrinking in old age

Following a Mediterranean diet high in fish and low in meat may slow down the signs of aging in your brain, according to a new study.<p>Researchers found that among 684 elderly people with an average age of 80, those who stuck more closely to a Mediterranean diet that includes lots of vegetables, …

How to Follow the Mediterranean Diet During Fall and Winter in 10 Simple Steps

Many of us associate the Mediterranean diet with summer, sea and sun. Sure, it's easy to eat more fruit and vegetables when it's hot out, but what happens when fall and winter come along? The rainy days, the cloudy skies, the longer nights... we want more "warm" foods, more comfort foods, more …

Nutrition

This Is Your Brain and Body on Yoga and Meditation: 4 Powerful Scientific Findings

The many benefits of yoga, a 5,000-year-old discipline, are finally getting support from modern science.<p>If you've ever taken a vinyasa class or spent time meditating, you may be familiar with the even-keeled buzz often referred to in the yoga world as "yoga bliss" or "yoga high." As it turns out, …

Yoga

Apparently Men’s Brains Are Hardwired to Choose Sex Over Food

Studying the brain cells of nematode worms, researchers from University College London concluded that neurons in male brains may be programmed to prioritise sex over the desire to eat food.<p>It's the question that has haunted history's casanovas and gastronomes, and fueled the earlobe-piercing …

University College London

​Brain-friendly electrodes can pump drugs to neurons

MIT researchers have developed a technology to create flexible biocompatible electrodes for implanting into the brain or spinal column. These can …

Dating Advice: How to Date Better, Find a Relationship, By Reframing Your Brain on Love

The word <i>framing</i> is everywhere. With the election, we hear how candidates need to "frame the issue better." At work, our boss tells us to "frame the problem differently." While I'm listening to a guided meditation, the voice of Andy Puddicombe, an ex Buddhist monk, soothingly tells me, "A big part …

Feed Your Head: 5 Foods to Fuel Your Brain

<i>Deciding what to eat is usually based on what foods you're feeling hungry for. But have you considered what foods might be best for your brain?</i><p>Did you know that your brain makes up about two percent of your body weight and that it uses about 20 percent of the oxygen in your blood and 25 percent of …

Nutrition

Inside-Out of Empathy: Our brain's response to others' good news

Emotion is defined as a mental and physiological state associated with a wide variety of feelings, thoughts and behaviour. Humans have the innate …

Psychology

How do our brains keep track of time?

Keeping track of time is critical for many tasks, such as playing the piano, swinging a tennis racket, or holding a conversation. Neuroscientists at …

Neuroscience

Scientists find you can reduce peoples' belief in God by directing magnetic energy into the brain

They found the same results when trying to reduce intolerance towards immigrants<p>Scientists from the University of York have found a way of performing mind control<p>By directing magnetic force towards the posterior medial frontal cortex of the brain, they were able to reduce belief in God and decrease …

Neuroscience

4 Scientifically Proven Ways To Boost Your Brain Productivity

The complex machine that resides inside us, the human brain, is responsible for everything in our lives. Our actions and reactions are largely …

Disability

Alcohol And Love Have Very Similar Effects On The Brain

A recent study, published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, has found that alcohol and the "love hormone" oxytocin have a nearly identical …

Neuroscience

Memory Master Reveals 5 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp

An entrepreneur who can memorize the order of a deck of cards in under a minute shares tips to sharpen your memory.<p>Ed Cooke, CEO and co-founder of Memrise, has an unusual background for an entrepreneur. Forget business school or years as a consultant, Cooke spent most of his 20s competing in memory …

The Brain

22 Brain Facts

(YouTube link)<p>On this week’s mental_floss List Show, we learn a bunch of trivia about brains. BRAINS. Braaaaains. Ahem. A lot of it is refuting …

The Brain

Scientists Discover Neural Circuit That Puts Brain Regions to Sleep While We're Awake

Your brain is napping on the job.<p>We're either asleep or awake, right? Not necessarily: neuroscientists in the US have discovered a circuit inside the …

The Brain

How Great Leaders Build Trust With 4 Brain-Based Tools

Recently one of my executive coaching clients came to me with this question.<p>“Christine, my team is disengaged and disconnected. I am being drained daily by high stress, high distrust and chaos. How can I get my team to trust my company and to trust me?”<p>The issue of trust can make or break an …

Leadership

When You Space Out, Parts of Your Brain go to Sleep

If you have ever found yourself spacing out when you are tired, it’s because parts of your brain are going to sleep. A newly-discovered brain circuit …

The miraculous reasons woodpeckers can slam their faces into trees all day and never get brain damage

Imperial Woodpecker<p>Wikimedia commons/Fritz Geller-Grimm<p>BI ANSWERS: Do woodpeckers get brain damage?<p>Right now, over 200 species of woodpeckers around the world are slamming their faces into the side of a tree without a second thought about what this kind of behavior will do to their brains.<p>While …

The Brain

This Is Your Brain on Love

Research shows love is as addictive to the brain as cocaine or heroin.<p>Psychologist JoAnn Deak opened her talk at a recent 92Y event by noting the …

Sparkling Swarovski headpiece changes colour with brain activity

High-tech couturier Lauren Bowker has designed a stunning headdress imbued with a chemical compound that changes colour in response to brain activity.<p>Self-described alchemist Lauren Bowker of London-based fashion house The Unseen isn't interested in the mundane. Her collections are unique, infused …

Swarovski