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Neuroscience is unlocking mysteries of the teenage brain

How would you describe an average teenager? For most people, the following characteristics might come to mind: moody, impulsive, risk taking, likely …

Teens

Caffeine causes widespread brain entropy (and that’s a good thing)

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettBasic neuroscience teaches us how individual brain cells communicate with each other, like neighbours chatting over the garden …

Humanity

How does sex affect your brain?

Having sex can flavor our nights, and days, with sweet pleasure and excitement, relieving stress and worry. And, of course, sex has been key to …

The Brain

Hold Up, Maybe Our Brains Actually Can Grow Back Neurons

A new study published Thursday in <i>Cell Stem Cell</i> is set to further stoke the debate over whether our brain can actually grow back neurons as we age. …

Neuroscience

This is how to increase your attention span: 5 secrets from neuroscience

The human brain is the most amazing thing in the universe. It got us to the moon, built the pyramids, cured smallpox … <i>And it also can’t seem to go 6</i> …

Humanity

This Is Your Brain on Exercise: Why Physical Exercise (Not Mental Games) Might Be the Best Way to Keep Your Mind Sharp

In the United States and the UK, we've seen the emergence of a multibillion-dollar brain training industry, premised on the idea that you can improve …

The Brain

Study overturns age-old theory of brain learning

For decades, scientists thought that learning occurs in synapses, or the numerous junctions between brain cells. But now, a new study proposes that …

Neuroscience

The Amygdala Is NOT the Brain's Fear Center

I’ve been studying the amygdala for more than 30 years. When I started this work, research on this brain region was a lonely field of inquiry. The …

Consciousness

To Get Smart: Do Aerobic Exercise

On several occasions, I have written about the anti-aging beneficial effects of exercise. New studies, confirm earlier findings of exercise benefit. …

The Brain

Why the Brain-Body Connection Is More Important Than We Think

Our brains aren’t flying solo; our emotions also come into play when we’re interacting with the world, new research finds.<p>The idea that our brains are like giant supercomputers, orchestrating and determining everything we do, has gained ground in recent years. So too have ideas that a short time …

What Are Glial Cells and What Do They Do?

You've likely heard of the "gray matter" of the brain, which is made up of cells called neurons, but a lesser-known type of brain cell is what makes …

This is what your smartphone is doing to your brain — and it isn't good

All day long, we're inundated by interruptions and alerts from our devices. Smartphones buzz to wake us up, emails stream into our inboxes, notifications from coworkers and far away friends bubble up on our screens, and "assistants" chime in with their own soulless voices.<p>Such interruptions seem …

Social Media

Some foods better for your brain, memory

<b>(CNN) —</b> You may be aware of foods that protect our hearts and bones and even keep our weight in check as we age. But which foods keep our brains in top shape? Below is an evidence-based list of brain foods that may help pre-empt senior moments and more.<p>Berries<p>Berries may do more than add sweetness …

Nutrition

What Percentage of the Human Brain Is Used?

Debunking the Ten-Percent Myth<p>You may have heard that humans only use ten percent of their brain, and that if you could unlock the rest of your …

How to build a human brain

Organoids, made from human stem cells, are growing into brains and other miniorgans to help researchers study development

This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Don't Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is a basic biological necessity that profoundly affects our day-to-day life as well as our long-term well-being. After just one bad night's …

Sleep

Brain Implant Improves Memory

When it comes to improving memory, being in the right place at the right time could be key. Scientists are figuring out how to do that. Michael …

The Brain

Drinking alcohol can clear brain waste, study finds

If you're partial to a drink or two, you will love the results of a recent study; researchers have found that a "low" intake of alcohol may help to …

Neuroscientists have followed a thought as it moves through the brain

A study using epilepsy patients undergoing surgery has given neuroscientists an opportunity to track in unprecedented detail the movement of a …

A new study shows that hits to the head, not concussions, cause CTE

A new study has found further evidence linking hits to the head rather than concussions to the onset of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the …

Kinesiology

Even a little exercise boosts your brain

Studies have already shown that following a long-term exercise regimen has a beneficial effect on one's brain – no surprise there. A new study …

Physicists Overturn a 100-Year-Old Assumption on How Brains Work

This is how neurons actually fire.<p>The human brain contains a little over 80-odd billion neurons, each joining with other cells to create trillions of …

How Omega-3 Fish Oil Affects Your Brain and Mental Health

Fish oil is a popular over-the-counter supplement extracted from fatty fish like sardines, anchovies, mackerel and salmon.<p>Fish oil primarily contains …

The Brain

Nice Brains Finish Last

We all like to think that being kind, responsible, and fair will lead to a happy life. But what if we’re wrong? What if nice guys really do finish …

The Brain

How do the brains of intelligent people work?

People with a higher-than-average intelligence level have brains that are "wired" in a different way, researchers say. A new study suggests that …

Whole Brain Map of Electrical Connections Key to Forming Memories

A new, whole brain map of neural connectivity reveals low frequency activity rhythms drive communication between key areas involved in memory …

Neuroscience
Neuroscience

When You Learn, Your Brain Swells with New Cells — Then It Kills Them

Every time you learn a skill, new cells burst to life in your brain. Then, one after another, those cells die off as your brain figures out which …

High-dimensional therapeutic inference in the focally damaged human brain | Brain

See Thiebaut de Schotten and Foulon (doi:10.1093/brain/awx332) for a scientific commentary on this article.<p>Though consistency across the population …

Neurology