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Men stroked in their pants to shed light on chemistry that bonds relationships

Researchers have shed light on the chemistry that bonds one person to another by taking brain scans of men being stroked while in their underpants.<p>The Finnish study found that gentle stroking – which was not in sexually arousing areas – changed levels of opioid brain chemicals which work behind the …

Criminal behaviour is not a no-brainer

"Not me, guv; it's my brain wot done it" is akin to proclaiming that I didn't shoot the sheriff, but the bullets did ('My brain made me do it …' US defendants turn to science to try to explain crimes, 11 November).<p>Of course, the very possibility of moral responsibility may be questioned. All …

Music lessons in early childhood may improve brain's performance

Music lessons in early childhood lead to changes in the brain that could improve its performance far into adulthood, researchers say.<p>Brain scans of young adults revealed that those who had formal musical training before the age of seven had thicker brain regions that deal with hearing and …

The Case Against Brain Scans As Evidence In Court

It's not just people who go on trial these days. It's their brains.<p>More and more lawyers are arguing that some defendants deserve special consideration because they have brains that are immature or impaired, says Nita Farahany, a professor of law and philosophy at Duke University who has been …

Branch-Like Dendrites Function As Mini-Computers In The Brain

Previously thought to be passive, the branching brain wires actively compute signals.<p>A new paper in <i>Nature</i> suggests that we've been thinking about neurons all wrong. Namely, it suggests that dendrites, the tree-like branches of wiring that extend out from the soma, or cell body, aren't just passive …

Inside Paul Allen’s Plan to Reverse-Engineer the Human Brain | WIRED

In 2003, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen spent $100 million to build the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. With laser-equipped microscopes …

Brain decoding: how scientists can read your mind – video

This animation shows how researchers are learning how to decode what someone is thinking from an MRI scan of their brain, by identifying subtle patterns of activity associated with viewing particular images. The brain-decoding technology can already provide crude reconstructions of what a subject …

How the brain matches sights and sounds

A new study shows how and when the auditory system encodes the auditory-visual synchrony between complex and changing sounds and images.<p>To understand …

Your brain would be less brainy without these proteins

When the brain is forming, neural stem and progenitor cells differentiate into neurons and related cells called glia. A new study has identified …

Bright eyes, clean brains: sleep might scrub away gray matter waste

A new theory on why we need shut-eye<p>It's long been known that sleep, much like eating or breathing, is a vital process for humans and animals. Insufficient shut-eye in people impairs cognition, curbs energy levels, and has been linked to a bevy of illnesses. But while scientists have explored …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Human Brain Project: Henry Markram plans to spend €1bn building a perfect model of the human brain

Henry Markram tells how his son's autism fired his ambition to unlock the secrets of consciousness by using 'big data' to trace the electronic signals that zing between neurons<p>In a spartan office looking across Lake Geneva to the French Alps, Henry Markram is searching for a suitably big metaphor …

Method of recording brain activity could lead to mind-reading devices, scientists say

“We’re now able to eavesdrop on the brain in real life,” said Josef Parvizi, the study’s senior author.<p>A brain region activated when people are asked …

The Brain

The moral life of babies

If you have any experience of babies you’d be forgiven for thinking of them as entirely selfish, self-oriented little beasts with scant regard for others. It has long been thought that children are born amoral and that it is the job of their culture to teach them the difference between good and …

Painkiller in brain buffers social snubs

Research shows the brain releases natural painkillers during rejection to ease emotional pain. The discovery may help our understanding of depression …

Human brains are bigger, but not so special

The neural circuits responsible for traits we consider uniquely human—like planning, decision-making, and speaking—are just consequences of our …

Neuroscientist uses MRI scans to show that dogs have emotions similar to humans

Man’s best friend may have more in common with his or her human owners than previously thought.<p>For the past two years, neuroscientist Gregory Berns of Emory University has been conducting a series of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on canines – including his pet terrier Callie – and he says …

Why Depression Ruins Your Memory

It can impede the brain's ability to encode different, but very similar, memories, a process called pattern separation.<p>Depression has been linked to memory impairment, but being depressed doesn't affect all types of memory uniformly. A new study suggests that people with depression can remember the …

The Brain

A human brain was preserved for 4,000 years after being boiled in its own skull

Ancient, well-preserved human remains aren't exactly a common thing to find, which makes the discovery of a 4,000-year-old brain in western Turkey pretty noteworthy. The brain was found in 2010 in an ancient burial ground that appeared to have been burned — charred skeletons and wooden objects were …

Vet Launches Suicide Prevention Campaign: 'I Am A Suicide Survivor ... And I Am Not Embarrassed By It'

<i>This article is part of a special Huffington Post series, "Invisible Casualties," in which we shine a spotlight on suicide-prevention efforts within the military. As part of the series, The Huffington Post contacted military service members and veterans who have considered suicide to learn what</i> …

Scientists discover life after brain death

The brain may live on after what's long been considered brain death. New research from the University of Montreal finds that there's a deeper state of coma beyond what doctors have been considering to be the final line. Traditionally, when an EEG recording — a measurement of electrical activity …

Sexiest parts of the body revealed by neuroscientists

The mind, said Raquel Welch, is an erogenous zone. And it is the brain, and how it organises our erogenous zones, that has intrigued scientists for decades. Why is a nuzzled neck sexy when few would be turned on by a nuzzled nose? And why do men seem to have fewer erogenous zones than women? A new …

Scientists develop a literal window into the brain

Lots of breakthroughs are hailed as providing a "window into the brain," but a team of mechanical engineers at UC Riverside have taken the phrase literally, creating a transparent material that could be used to surgically replace patches of skull.<p>The breakthrough itself is relatively simple — a …

Clear Cranial Implant Lets Doctors See Into The Brain

Some skulls really just need a window view.<p>Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have debuted a new transparent cranial implant that could let doctors peek inside the brain without having to drill a new hole in the skull every time--a technique that could allow for easier …

Brain-training game improves memory in older people - video

Learning to play a musical instrument at any point in life is good for the brain, it turns out. Who cares if I sound like a 'sick cow'?

Videogame May Help Rejuvenate Elderly Brains

If keeping the brain spry were as simple as pumping iron, everyone would want to own the ultimate piece of cognitive exercise equipment. But …

Tool ‘sees’ invisible tumors in brain tissue

A new laser-based tool could dramatically improve the accuracy of brain tumor surgery, researchers say.<p>The technology would allow surgeons to tell …

New Imaging Technique Shows Surgeons Where Tumors End And Brains Begin

A new way to look at brain tissue in real-time could help surgeons know they're removing all the tumor tissue in a patient's brain.<p>Scientists from the Harvard University and the University of Michigan have developed a way to image brain tumors to reveal exactly where the tumor cells end and the …

Why psychosis strikes some family members and not others

People with psychotic illness show similar brain changes to immediate family members who present no signs of illness.<p>These brain changes represent a …

Your brain is wired to quiet voices in your head

Nerve circuits let the brain turn down sounds that come from our own actions, and turn up other sounds we need to pay attention to, say …

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