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Lumosity's Stumble Reveals How We Think About Thinking

There is no silver bullet for preventing cognitive decline. That doesn’t stop millions of people from playing brain-training games.<p>The ads were pervasive, popping up on CNN, Fox News, NPR, and Google searches. And they were persuasive: Playing Lumosity games would do your brain good.<p>“Can you …

Why brains are beautiful

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/health/1226000/1226837_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524684314_85df5566022d622033cdc651932579ed<p><b>When I picked up the human brain in my hands, several things ran through my mind. My immediate concern was I might drop it or that it would fall</b> …

3D Printing Reveals the Hidden Physics Behind the Brain's Folds and Furrows

Understanding how the brain's outermost layer develops means new understandings of intelligence, neurological disorders.<p>The outermost layer of the brain, the cortex, is a confounding geography of furrows, folds, and wrinkles. One could even say that the defining physical feature of the brain is the …

Neuroscience

Spaced repetition: a hack to make your brain store information

Using spaced repetition as a study technique is effective because you are deliberately hacking the way your brain works<p>Late night dates with a 600-page textbook and a multipack of Red Bull are a familiar encounter for many people. Whether in school, university or work, we all find ourselves in …

The Brain

Building a Better Brain

<i>This article, along with others that explore mind, body and soul, is excerpted from a</i> Newsweek <i>Special Edition.</i><p>The quest for ways to improve our brain …

Researchers Are Figuring Out How Our Brains Cope With So Much Data

Humans are the best machines.<p>The human brain is a wonderful thing. Consider the way it can recognise faces and objects despite a multitude of …

The McGurk Effect (Or, Brains are Weird)

The McGurk effect is mind-blowing. It involves showing a person's lips making the shape of one sound—like "bah"—while the audio is actually the …

The Brain

The Scientific Reasons Why Introverts And Extroverts Are Different

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>I’m standing in the crowd in front of the stage at the small gritty music club. My two friends—both extroverts—are on either side of me, swaying along with the crooning Indie singer and smiling. I was having fun for a while, but now I’m ready to head home …

Psychology

Your Brain Is Hard-Wired to Love Trump

How our stone-age psychology explains our love for lies and demagoguery in modern politics.<p>If you’re naturally a little bored by national politics, but still attracted to candidates who lie, shout and make you a little angry and scared, like many American voters are today, you have evolution—and …

Stone Age

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus? New brain study says not

Authors say scans show need to think beyond an individual’s sex as each brain has unique “mosaic” of sex-based features plus some common to both sexes<p>If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, no one told the organ that matters most. There is no sharp division between male and female brains, …

Humanity

The First Successful Demonstration Of Brain-To-Brain Communication In Humans

Bacteria on the Brain

A brilliant surgeon offered an untested treatment to dying patients. Was it innovation or overreach?<p>As the chairman of the neurosurgery department at the University of California at Davis, Paul Muizelaar saw patients on Wednesdays, at a clinic housed in a former cannery in East Sacramento. Among …

5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Memory and Memorize Anything Faster

Imagine the power of being able to memorize anything faster.<p>Think about how much time you’d have, how much you could shorten the learning curve, and …

Medical Journals

How the Brain Forms Original and Creative Ideas

<b>Developing an original and creative idea requires the simultaneous activation of two completely different networks in the brain: the associative –</b> …

Neuroscience

Man stole brains from medical museum and put them on eBay

Bloody fingerprint and suspicious buyer led police to David Charles, 23, who took human tissue including brains in jars from Indiana medical museum<p>A 23-year-old Indiana man has pleaded guilty to breaking into a medical museum and stealing preserved human brains that he then sold online.<p>David …

Crime

The blind woman who switched personalities and could suddenly see

It had been more than a decade since “B.T.” had last seen anything.<p>After suffering a traumatic accident as a young woman, doctors diagnosed her with cortical blindness, caused by damage to the visual processing centers in her brain. So she got a seeing eye dog to guide her and grew accustomed to …

Mental Health

Reward Circuits Weakened by Inflammation in Depression

<b>Brain imaging shows distinctive aspects of high-inflammation depression.</b><p>About one third of people with depression have high levels of inflammation …

Scientists Reveal The Secret To Create Long-Lasting Memories

Missing some memories? Can’t seem to remember the title of a book or name of an actor? Improving your long-term memory is simpler than you might …

Searching For Happiness: Finding Where Happiness Happens in the Brain

<b>Kyoto University researchers narrow in on the neural structures behind happiness.</b><p>Exercising, meditating, scouring self-help books… we go out of our …

Frontal brain wrinkle linked to hallucinations

<b>A study of 153 brain scans has linked a particular furrow, near the front of each hemisphere, to hallucinations in schizophrenia.</b><p>This fold tends to be shorter in those patients who hallucinate, compared with those who do not.<p>It is an area of the brain that appears to have a role in distinguishing …

The Brain

Trick Your Brain Into Seeing This Black-and-White Photo In Color

As we learned from an image of a certain dress that took over the Internet earlier this year, our perceptions of color don’t always align with …

Technology may someday boost Soldiers’ cognitive ability

By <b>David Vergun</b><b>,</b> Army News Service<p><b>ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Nov. 15, 2015)</b> — New and complex technology for Soldiers can tax their mental ability, …

Your brain cells can now be turned on and off like a bedside lamp: A new discovery in optogenics

Two neuroscientists from MIT and Stanford have won a Breakthrough Prize for their revolutionary work in the field<p>Optogenetics is probably the biggest buzzword in neuroscience today. It refers to techniques that use genetic modification of cells so they can be manipulated with light. The net result …

Neuroscience

Could electrical stimulation to the brain help with weight loss? A new study shows promise

Giving a region of the brain that's key to self-control and motivation a zetz of electrical stimulation may help the obese to eat less and lose more weight, says a new study.<p>Research suggests that the brains of people who are obese differ in a key respect from those of normal-weight people: The …

To Your Brain, A Runner’s High Looks A Lot Like Smoking Weed

Endorphins have nothing to do with it<p>Intense exercise may not feel good to those unaccustomed to it, but does have at least one great perk: a runner’s high, a feeling of relaxed euphoria, which sets in at the end of long bouts of activity. Scientists recently discovered that this happens because …

Asthma drug could rejuvenate ageing brains, study suggests

Scientists hope to start trials in dementia patients after rat study suggests drug reduces brain inflammation and encourages neuron growth<p>An inexpensive drug used to prevent asthma attacks in children and adults may help to rejuvenate ageing brains, according to a study in rats.<p>Researchers found …

Alzheimer's Disease

Here's what traveling to Mars does to your brain

Future Mars astronauts will have more to contend with than just the unforgiving, vacuumous expanse of space separating Earth from the Red Planet (140 million miles, on average).<p>In an experiment meant to simulate a journey to Mars, 18 months of isolation caused participants to have high stress …

The Brain

The magic of cinema unlocked one man’s coma-bound world

An Alfred Hitchcock film helped to prove one patient had been conscious while in a coma-like state for 16 years. The discovery shows that neuroscience may still have lots to learn from the ancient art of storytelling, says Tom Stafford.<p>If brain injury steals your consciousness then you are in a …

The Brain

'Sonogenetics' allows brain cells to be controlled by sound waves

Scientists have used genetically modified worms to show that ultrasound can be used to activate brain, heart and muscle cells from outside the body<p>Scientists have bred worms with genetically modified nervous systems that can be controlled by bursts of sound waves.<p>The tiny nematodes change direction …

Neuroscience