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Social media copies gambling methods 'to create psychological cravings'

Methods activate ‘same brain mechanisms as cocaine’ and leads to users experiencing ‘phantom’ notification buzzing, experts warn<p>Social media platforms are using the same techniques as gambling firms to create psychological dependencies and ingrain their products in the lives of their users, experts …

Social Media

Your Brain on Social Media, According to Neuroscience

Take a break from Facebook to watch this video about Facebook.<p>Neuroscientist Shannon Odell is back, and this time she’s inside your freaking …

Your Brain Has A “Delete” Button–Here’s How To Use It

This is the fascinating way that your brain makes space to build new and stronger connections so you can learn more.<p>There’s an old saying in neuroscience: neurons that fire together wire together. This means the more you run a neuro-circuit in your brain, the stronger that circuit becomes. This is …

Please stop calling dopamine the ‘pleasure chemical’

It is possible to feel pleasure without dopamine<p>Dopamine is one of the most hyped brain chemicals, supposedly linked to everything from sex to gambling. It’s common to read, as <i>Business Insider</i> claimed last week, that dopamine is “the pleasure chemical” — but that’s not true, and the idea was …

Neuroscience

Has dopamine got us hooked on tech?

In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to unite us, but to distract us. “The thought process was: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’” he …

Neuroscience

Thinking Loud Thoughts Affects How We Hear Loud Sounds

Brains sure are weird. Yeah the fleshy meat suits we walk around in constantly remind us that we’re trapped inside them. But brains have so many …

The Brain

The Impact of Fear of Rejection

The fear of rejection is a powerful fear that often has a far-reaching impact on our lives. Most people experience some nerves when placing …

Psychology

Anxious People Focus on Negative Cues That Others Don't

It's an ingrained habit—but one you can teach yourself to break.<p>Let’s pretend for a moment you’re giving a presentation in a room full of very important people. You want their feedback—ideally, some sign of positive approval—because you know you’re being evaluated.<p>You look to a person in the front …

Five major psychiatric disorders 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

Children Molded by Parents' Early Experiences

Simple questions often have complex answers. That is certainly true of biological resemblances between parents and children. Since Charles Darwin's …

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 …

Scientists Just Identified The Physical Source of Anxiety in The Brain

And they can control it with light.<p>We're not wired to feel safe all the time, but maybe one day we could be.<p>A new study investigating the …

Neuroscience

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

Scientists at Duke University have identified a neuron that acts as the “master controller” of habits. The findings, published in the journal eLife, …

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

<b>***</b><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> …

Self-help

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 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>…

Medical Journals

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 …

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 …