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How long can we treat the suffering of animals as an inconvenient truth?

A revolution is coming in our relationship with ‘lower’ creatures, provoked by a greater knowledge of their cognition. Labour’s new plans for animal welfare are just a start<p>Scientific insight is a powerful thing, but will it ever override the human lust for health, prosperity and, saddest of all, …

Animals

'Super brains' could be developed if people use pills designed to improve older people's memory

Brain boosting pills are being developed by scientists aimed at restoring memory in older people.<p>Tests on mice have shown how older or damaged brains …

The Brain

Woman Captures Video Of A Seal Coming Out Of The Sea To Kiss A Dog

A woman walking on a beach in the United Kingdom was able to capture a rare moment between two unlikely friends. Wendy Pike pulled out her phone to …

Pets

Science Is Getting Closer to Explaining The Mystery of Déjà Vu

Like trying to remember a dream that's slipping away.<p>It's one of the oddest sensations. That feeling where you are in a new situation, or a …

The Brain

For The First Time Ever Scientists Have Boosted Human Memory With a Brain Implant

So it begins...<p>With everyone from Elon Musk to MIT to the US Department of Defense researching brain implants, it seems only a matter of time before …

Alzheimer's Disease

The 'Mandela Effect' and how your mind is playing tricks on you

Have you ever been convinced that something is a particular way only to discover you’ve remembered it all wrong? If so, it sounds like you’ve …

Consciousness

Recognizing the Source of Irrational Thoughts, Fears, Beliefs and Behaviors

It’s safe to say that not every part of the human brain is rational. Research suggests that the rational mindset we experience is a recent …

Self-help

What happens in the brain when habits form?

There are a million things that we do every day without thinking. Brushing our teeth, drying our hair after a shower, and unlocking our phone screen …

Neuroscience

Turning off anxiety could be as easy as flicking on a light in your brain

<b>The optogenetics technology</b><p>Optogenetics is a burgeoning field in the life sciences that scientists are very excited about. It's a tool that combines …

Neuroscience

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

Consciousness

Five major psychiatric diseases have overlapping patterns of genetic activity, new study shows

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Certain patterns of genetic activity appear to be common among five distinct psychiatric disorders — autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism — according to a new study. The paper, appearing in the journal Science, was released …

The Brain

Reduced neural empathy for women wearing revealing clothes

<i>The participants watched women being rejected in a ball-passing game (the black blocks over their eyes did not appear in the actual study); from</i> …

Psychology

There Is A Lot To Know About Artificial Intelligence

Many companies are betting that AI will influence not just their products and services, but nearly every aspect of their business. Read on to …

Artificial Intelligence

Best Friends Really do Share Brain Patterns, Neuroscientists Reveal

"Our results suggest that friends process the world around them in exceptionally similar ways."<p>Whenever my best friends and I say the same thing in a …

The Brain

Why Your Brain Hates You When You Wake Up in the Middle of the Night

The late-night spiral into that black hole of depression, explainedThe shitty thing you said to a close relative who passed soon after. The …

Mind

An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Biology

Consciousness and the World

We are all used to thinking of ourselves as a single entity that enjoys a certain continuity from birth to death, if not beyond. We confidently say, …

Consciousness

The Neuroscience of Proactive vs. Hyper-Reactive Thinking

Source: adike/ShutterstockRecently, an international team of researchers identified that robust white matter connectivity between specific brain …

The Brain

The idea that everything from spoons to stones are conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

Consciousness

How 'provocative clothes' affect the brain – and why it's no excuse for assault

Here’s why the persistent idea that a woman’s outfit can make her responsible for her own assault has no basis in science<p>Sterling work by undercover reporters for the Financial Times have caused a storm around the Presidents Club. Reports of their annual gala dinner involving horrific harassment of …

Celebrity Gossip

The Direction You Hug Someone Can Reveal A Lot About Your Emotional State

If you have ever questioned the authenticity of a hug, you may be on to something. A new study out of Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany explores the …

Emotions

The modern human brain may only be 40,000 years old, scientists say

Homo sapiens, in our most "modern" form, have been roaming the earth for about 200,000 years now.<p>But there's something rather special about the way our brains look today: human skulls are rounder, faces are smaller, and more retracted into the skull. It's different from the way our ancestors …

Anthropology

Somewhere in the brain is a storage device for memories

New technology and new ideas spur the hunt for the physical basis of memory.

The Brain

Neuroscientists Finally Put The Dubious Claims of 'Phrenology' to The Test

Nobody <i>really</i> believes that the shape of our heads are a window into our personalities anymore.<p>This idea, known as "phrenology", was developed by the …

The Brain

This New Brain Study Shows Why Some People Are More Creative Than Others

Mapping the creative network in the brain.<p>Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can …

Creativity

Un fallo neuronal explica algunas supuestas facultades psíquicas

Un error en el tiempo neuronal puede explicar por qué algunas personas creen que tienen habilidades psíquicas, ha descubierto un estudio. Pensar que …

10 Mind-Blowing Theories That Will Change Your Perception of the World

The reality is not as obvious and simple as we like to think.<p>Some of the things that we accept as true and take at face value are notoriously</b> …

The Power of Circles in Food and Drink

Humans consistently associate roundness with sweetness.<p>Perhaps you went out for dinner this week. If you did, you undoubtedly remember what you ate. …

Beverages

Tracking a thought’s fleeting trip through the brain

<i>Repeating a word: as the brain receives (yellow), interpretes (red), and responds (blue) within a second, the prefrontal cortex (red) coordinates all</i> …