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Why a Mediterranean diet is good for your brain

A wealth of new research suggests foods rich with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can slow memory loss

Whenever the fictional character Popeye the Sailor Man managed to down a can of spinach, the results were almost instantaneous: he gained superhuman strength. Devouring any solid object …

Brain Fitness

Clinician of compassion: Oliver Sacks opened a window to the extraordinary

The world will be a far, far poorer place without regular reports from the distant reaches of the land of mind and brain by the great neurologist Oliver Sacks. He had a unique literary gift. A clinician of compassion, he could also – in a deft, often passionate portrait – familiarise us with human …

Oliver Sacks

Visual Fields


CHAPTER 1: Introduction

MAYER: We do differentiate between visual acuity and visual field, visual acuity being the centermost part of vision …

New Research Identifies Behavior Patterns That Precede Suicide Attempts

A multi-national study has identified the behavior patterns that precede many suicide attempts.

According to researchers, this could help lead to …


Neurologist and Writer Oliver Sacks Dies at 82

He had sold millions of books based on his cases

(NEW YORK) — Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat” probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes bizarre neurological conditions, has died. He was …

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks, Renowned Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82

Oliver Sacks, the famed neurologist and best-selling author of books such as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, died of cancer today in New York City at the age of 82, a longtime friend and colleague has confirmed.

The London-born academic's 1973 memoir Awakenings, about his efforts to use the …

Oliver Sacks

Review: Oliver Sacks Looks at His Life in ‘On the Move’


A Life

By Oliver Sacks

Illustrated. 397 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $27.95.

In a blunt, eloquent and devastating Op-Ed essay in The New York Times in February, Dr. Oliver Sacks revealed that cancer in his liver had left him with only months to live. This knowledge, he wrote, had enabled him to …

Oliver Sacks

Famed Neurologist Oliver Sacks Dies at 82

Renowned neurologist and author of "Awakenings" Oliver Sacks died today. He was 82.

His assistant, Kate Edgar, told The New York Times the cause was …

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks has left the building

Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks has died at the age of 82.It’s hard to fully comprehend the enormous impact of Oliver Sacks on the public’s …


Famed Neuroscientist and Author Oliver Sacks Dies at 82

Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and author whose books and case histories in the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books introduced a lay audience to …

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author, dies at 82

The neurologist and author explored the mysteries of the brain in 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,' and died after an earlier form of cancer in his eye returned and spread throughout his body.

In February, Oliver Sacks announced to the world that an earlier case of melanoma in his eye had …

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks in The New Yorker

Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and writer, died on Sunday at the age of eighty-two. He was a treasured writer here at The New Yorker. Sacks wrote his first piece for the magazine, “A Surgeon’s Life,” in 1992; it was a profile of a doctor with Tourette’s syndrome. From then on, often under the rubric …

Oliver Sacks

A Rare, Personal Look at Oliver Sacks’s Early Career

The world was saddened to learn of neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks’s terminal illness through a recent op-ed. With Sacks’s new autobiography out this month, Lawrence Weschler shares early stories and diary entries about Sacks, his close friend, before Sacks achieved worldwide …

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks Dies at 82; Neurologist and Author Explored the Brain’s Quirks

Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and acclaimed author who explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” using his patients’ disorders as starting points for eloquent meditations on consciousness and the human condition, …

Oliver Sacks

Landscape of brain ridges may vary with gender in autism —

A region of the brain involved in interpreting social cues is unusually smooth in boys and men with autism, but normal in girls and women with the …


3 DBT Skills Everyone Can Benefit From

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a highly effective type of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), originally created to treat borderline …


NASA Develops 3-D Camera for Your Brain

When it comes to brain surgery, details make all the difference.

Researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have developed a groundbreaking …

The Brain

The Power of Positive Memory Recall

Stress-induced depression can be overcome in mice by inducing the firing of neurons that had been active during a positive experience.

Chronic stress …

4 Childhood Hobbies I Really Ought to Take Up Again for Maximum Adulthood Happiness

Some of the best pieces of advice I've ever heard have to do with hearkening back to childhood.

For example, when you're being hard on yourself, imagine yelling those negative, self-loathing thoughts to a five-year-old you; you never would, so stop doing it to your grown-up self. Or if you're …


This Simple Technique Trains Your Brain to Conjure Your Best-Ever Ideas

Have you ever tried to come up with an idea?

One stellar, or at least really good, idea?

Of course you have. You’re an entrepreneur. Ideas are your stock in trade.

When you said to yourself, “Hey self, we need a stellar, or at least a really good idea,” what happened? I’ll bet it was one of two …

The Brain

Dos and don’ts to preserve your brainpower

From changing your diet to partying like you’re 21, here are six tips for protecting your brain from the ravages of time.

Like any good machine, the brain needs a little care and attention as it ages to ensure it continues to run in good working order. If only there were a manual to its maintenance …


Vox: Where Philosophy Goes To Die

Yesterday, University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter took to task on his popular blog in a post entitled “So much for trying to bring …


Teenage Goths At Higher Risk of Depression, Study Says

Researchers could not fully explain the link

Young people who identify as goths may be more likely to suffer from depression or to self-harm, according to new research published Thursday in The Lancet Psychiatry.

The goth subculture began in England during the early 1980s, an offshoot of the post-punk …


Goethe on Beginner’s Mind and the Discipline of Discernment in Your Media Diet

“One must be something in order to do something.”

By the turn of the 19th century, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (August 28, 1749–March 22, 1832) was not only the world’s most celebrated poet, “the Olympian” of literature, but also a polymath of varied interests, from his fascination with the science of …


Speech-classifier program is better at predicting psychosis than psychiatrists

This image shows discrimination between at-risk youths who transitioned to psychosis (red) and those who did not (blue). The polyhedron contains all …

Artificial Intelligence

Temples of the mind: The mysterious neuroscience of holy buildings

(CNN) — Picture in your mind the high ceilings of the Sistine chapel, the white marble of the Taj Mahal, or the sculpted temples of Angkor Wat.

Despite embodying different eras of history, distinct approaches to design and vastly different cultures, these icons have one thing in common -- they have …


Memory Loss in 18-Year-Old?

I’m constantly forgetting what I’m doing, what I’m talking about, where I put things, I can’t talk as good as I can write/type anymore, and I’m …

Memory Loss

A New Theory of Why Neurotics Are Creative

A wandering mind might explain why creative leaders tend to be neurotic.

Adam Perkins is a psychologist and a self-proclaimed neurotic, contemplating things to the point of obsession. He can get anxious about things that might seem mundane to another person. And he’s admittedly quite …


Brain Researchers Uncover Secrets of Memory

Much research on the human brain is focused on understanding how people form memories, store them and retrieve them. Now, a study by scientists at …

The Brain