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Scientists Discover The “Master Controller” Neuron of Good and Bad Habits

The discovery of a neuron in the brain that acts as the “master controller” of habits could someday change the way we treat addiction and compulsive …

Neuroscience

This Is How To Quit Bad Habits Without Willpower: 3 Secrets From Neuroscience

<b>Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it</b> …

Mind

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 …

Neuroscience

Light-Triggered Genes Reveal the Hidden Workings of Memory

Susumu Tonegawa’s presence announces itself as soon as you walk through the door of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Picower Institute for …

The Brain

The multi-dimensional universe hiding inside your head

A fabric of complex structures in our brain could be the key to understanding how the organ works, according to a new study. It could even provide an …

The Brain

Stoicism reveals 4 rituals that will make you confident

Ever feel like you’re not good enough? Something bad happens and your brain plays a YouTube highlight reel of every mistake you’ve ever made. Your …

'We all hear voices in our heads,' but why? Study investigates

The brain treats talking inside of our heads as essentially the same thing as talking out loud, according to new research published in the journal</i> …

What Happens In Our Brain When We Make A Decision?

Decisions span a vast range of complexity. There are really simple ones: Do I want an apple or a piece of cake with my lunch? Then there are much …

This tiny bit of the brain could offer clues about addiction

It's responsible for getting you to stop doing things.<p>Neuroscientists know a lot about what happens in the brain when someone decides to do something, like reach for a cookie on the office snack table. What they’re less certain about, though, is what happens when someone starts to do something, and …

The Brain

How to Get in Shape Using Psychology: 6 New Tricks From Research

Why is there an obesity epidemic? It’s not because we eat the wrong things or we lack exercise.<p>Research shows that, plain and simple, most of us just …

What makes the human mind so special?

Everyone knows what it feels like to have consciousness: It's that self-evident sense of personal awareness, which gives us a feeling of ownership …

The complex brain choreography of split-second decisions

Researchers have found that a split-second decision to change an action once it has already started involves lightning-speed choreography in not just …

Scientists create atlas of developing human brain, the most complex human organ

Everybody likes travelling around the world but what if we tell you that now you can travel through human brains as well?<p>Well, you can believe us. …

How to hit your brain's 'kill switch' -- before it's too late

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many of us have found ourselves in the following situation at least once: You're driving down the road, approaching a traffic light, and it turns yellow.<p>Do you speed up to make it through the intersection before the light turns red, or do you slam on the brakes to stop behind the white line?<p>…

The Brain

Hijacking gut-brain communications can shut down hunger pangs

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania has uncovered the biological mechanism by which our gut communicates with the brain to regulate the …

A scientist explores the mysteries of the gut-brain connection

<i>Sacha Vega/iStock</i><p>The brain in your head and the one in your gut are always exchanging info. But how do they do it? Neuroscientist Diego Bohórquez is …

Microbiome

The brain is still ‘connected’ during non-REM sleep

The finding by a team of European researchers as part of the Human Brain Project has also made it possible to analyse the scientific basis of …

The human brain can 'predict' the future, new scientific study shows

Study from the University of Glasgow shows dialogue between eyes and brain.<p>The human brain is able to 'predict' what your eyes will see before you …

Attention: The Gorilla in the Room

In 1999, researchers Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris uncovered some astounding insights in how people perceive the world around them.<p>Their …

Brain Scans Reveal Why Rewards and Punishments Don't Seem to Work on Teenagers

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>Parents and teachers are …

Schizophrenia Begins During Pregnancy, New Evidence Suggests

The changes start a lot earlier than suspected.<p>A new study has found that schizophrenia could originate as early as the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, …

What if consciousness is not what drives the human mind?

Everyone knows what it feels like to have consciousness: it’s that self-evident sense of personal awareness, which gives us a feeling of ownership …

Human Brains Have Evolved Unique 'Feel-Good' Circuits

A brain system involved in everything from addiction to autism appears to have evolved differently in people than in great apes, a team reports Thursday in the journal <i>Science</i>.<p>The system controls the production of dopamine, a chemical messenger that plays a major role in pleasure and rewards.<p>"Humans …

Study reveals what depression, anxiety look like in the brain

People with depression and social anxiety have some common and specific structural abnormalities in their brains that can be spotted in imaging scans.<p>…

We may finally have a map that shows how memories are made

Which Way to the Amygdala?<p>What’s a computation device that we all carry with us, that holds all of the most important information about our lives, …

Choice of tipple 'determines different moods'

<b>Different types of alcoholic drink change and shape your mood in different ways, says a study into drinking and emotions.</b><p>Spirits may make you feel angry, sexy or tearful, while red wine or beer may make you feel relaxed, say researchers.<p>They questioned nearly 30,000 people aged 18-34 from 21 …

Sight unseen: advanced imaging will solve the greatest mysteries of the human body

An Inside Look<p>If you’ve ever landed in the emergency room with a broken bone, fallen and hit your head, or been pregnant, then you already know how …

This Harvard Study Figured Out How Your Brain Makes New Thoughts. Here's What It Means for Your Next Business Idea

If you're stuck in a rut and need some inspiration, these Harvard researchers say that the pursuit of knowledge will help lead you towards that a-ha moment.<p>Have you ever been sitting on the train and suddenly, the world's greatest and most amazing idea ever pops into your head? Maybe you were …

Boosting brain's 'executive center' may prevent anxiety

New research, published in the journal <i>Cerebral Cortex</i>, finds that improving activity in the brain's "executive control" center may protect against …