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How left-right brain handoffs happen without a hitch - Futurity

When tracking a moving object, the two halves of our brain need to hand off information to make sure the object isn't lost in the exchange.

Brain Clears Away Old Memories To Form New Ones, New Research Shows (VIDEO)

Do you remember your first birthday? How about what you ate for breakfast weeks ago? For most people, such events slip through the sieve of memory, never to be retrieved. Now, the first study of its kind in mice suggests that the brain may clear away that old information in the process of forming …

Your Brain and Gut Decisions

What parts of the brain are activated when we make a gut decision?<p>Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, explained the complex process of how our minds and bodies formulate and respond to a hunch for my video series <i>Leadership: A Master Class</i>.<p>"There are …

Sex in the brain: A fruitless hunt?

For years, scientists have hunted for male and female differences in how the brain is wired for sexual responses. Has nature revealed how differences can arise?<p>There are few scientific topics more guaranteed to get people chattering – and arguing – than claims about the different wiring of male and …

Your Brain Processes Information Even When You're Not Conscious Of It: Study

Even when you don't see something, your brain does, according to a new study.<p>Researchers from the University of Arizona found that the brain processes visual information and assigns meaning to it, even when you're not consciously perceiving it.<p>"Many, many theorists assume that because it takes a …

Is social networking changing the way our brains work?

Yes, and in many ways. In one study, researchers found that people with more Facebook friends had more grey matter in several important brain …

What Anxiety Does to Your Brain and What You Can Do About It

We all deal with anxiety in some form or another, whether it's when you're pulled over by the cops or about to give a speech in front of a crowd. But …

How Music Affects and Benefits Your Brain

I'm a big fan of music and use it a lot when working, but I had no idea about how it really affects our brains and bodies. Music is such a big part …

Are You Right-Brained Or Left-Brained?

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to …

Time Management

Tapping into the unconscious brain

Brain imaging shows activation in unconscious people. Image: Shutterstock<p><b>Neuroscientists have developed an unconventional method of communicating</b> …

The Brain

Your Brain Has Two Clocks

<b>By Emilie Reas (Click here for the original article)</b><p>Did you make it to work on time this morning? Go ahead and thank the traffic gods, but also take a moment to thank your brain. The brain's impressively accurate internal clock allows us to detect the passage of time, a skill essential for many …

Study: kids in poverty have smaller brains

As poverty continues to grow in the United States, a recent study finds a new casualty: the developing brain of young children.<p>Researchers from the …

Lateral Habenula Brain Region Plays Role In Decision-Making, Study Finds

You can thank a little region of your brain called the lateral habenula for all the decisions you make throughout the day.<p>Researchers from the University of British Columbia found that this brain region -- which has been linked in past studies to avoidance behaviors and depression -- could also …

How Scientists Are Learning To Shape Our Memory

The next treatment for trauma could be spotless minds.<p>Roadside bombs, childhood abuse, car accidents—they form memories that can shape (and damage) us for a lifetime. Now, a handful of studies have shown that we’re on the verge of erasing and even rewriting memories. The hope is that this research …

The Brain

Could a brain scan diagnose you as a psychopath?

Society is intrigued by psychopaths, at least from a distance. Hollywood paints them as powerful and emotionless predators – a small few who have embraced their inner dark passengers. Whether it is Gordon Gekko, Catherine Tramell, or Dexter Morgan, the mythology of the psychopath is …

How the Heart Is Like a ‘Little Brain’: Which Is Really in Control?

Modern science has verified what the ancients believed about one’s heart—that the heart is a center of higher wisdom. It can actually remember things …

To mimic us, babies use 'body map' in brain - Futurity

New research suggests how brain processing lets babies observe people and imitate their body movements.

Scientists shed light on creativity by studying pianists' brain activity

Scientists claim to have shed light on the neural basis of creativity by scanning the brains of accomplished pianists while they improvised on a keyboard.<p>Images of the pianists' brains highlighted areas that seemed to underpin their musical creativity, alongside regions that were strongly connected …

Lefties more likely to have schizophrenia - Futurity

People who are left-handed are more likely to develop psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, than mood disorders such as depression, new research …

Blindfolded People Can Still "See" Their Own Limbs

If you wave your hand in front of your eyes, you'll think you can see it moving…even with an impermeable blindfold on.<p>A blindfold is no match for the power of the brain. Even when shrouded in total darkness, your mind still thinks it can see your body moving, creating visual sensations of motion …

How Brain Cells Are Like Little Universes

The structures of the universe and the human brain are strikingly similar.<p>In the Eastern spiritual discipline of Daoism, the human body has long been …

Dendrites are like mini-computers in your brain - Futurity

The branch-like projections of neurons called dendrites are not just passive wires, but act like tiny computers, multiplying the brain's processing …

Uncovering the Brain of a Psychopath

What makes someone a psychopath? Can these traits be passed through family lines? Neuroscientist James Fallon, and author of <i>The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey Into the Dark Side of the Brain</i>, discusses his scientific and personal exploration into the antisocial …

How the brain matches sights and sounds - Futurity

A new study from Northwestern University shows how the brain encodes the auditory-visual synchrony between complex and changing sounds and images.

Drug may limit brain damage after stroke - Futurity

An experimental drug appears to reduce brain damage and improve motor skills in older stroke-afflicted mice, USC researchers report.

Electric Brain Stimulation Helps Rats With Spinal Cord Injuries Walk

The discovery could hold promise for paralyzed patients.<p>Stimulating a set of neurons deep in the brain has allowed rats with severe spinal cord injuries to walk almost normally again, a group of Swiss researchers reports in <i>Science Translational Medicine</i> this week. The rats were not completely …

How Your Thoughts Create Your Brain | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Of course you know that your thoughts are generated by your brain. But you may not have considered that in many very real ways, your thoughts <i>create</i> …