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Sherlock Holmes shows memories have a common fingerprint

People remember and recount scenes from a TV show using the same patterns of brain activity, suggesting an evolutionary mechanism for acquiring …

The Brain

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, Babies' First Words Can Be Predicted Based On Visual Attention, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: A baby’s first words are, most likely, based on their visual experiences, a new study reports.Source: Indiana University.Study reveals that …

The Brain

Researchers uncover how hippocampus influences future thinking

Over the past decade, researchers have learned that the hippocampus—historically known for its role in forming memories—is involved in much more than …

The Brain

Young Toddlers Know When You’re Lying, Say Scientists

We have not been giving our little ones enough credit. Psychologists working with young toddlers say the kids are capable of recognizing when someone …

Kids

Neural networks breakthrough sees computer start to think like a human for the first time

Finnish computer scientists have found a way to train neural networks to think more like the human brain.<p>Computer scientists in Finland have made a …

Computer Science

Mental Time Travel: Is the Plot of Arrival Coherent?

Time travel is a bit of a trope in sci fi. The device has been used in literature since ancient times, with Hindu mythology portraying people going …

Albert Einstein

Here is What The Brain Can Remember From Infancy (Even When Consciously It's Gone) - PsyBlog

The astounding power of the unconscious to store information we’ve consciously forgotten.<p>The echoes of a ‘lost’ mother tongue can be seen in the …

The Brain

Study finds placebo effects in women are boosted by the hormone vasopressin

A new study in the current issue of <i>Biological Psychiatry</i> suggests that women are particularly susceptible to the pain-relieving placebo effect of …

Placebos

Cognitive science backs up the ancient Indian philosophy that we’re conscious even in deep sleep

Deep, dreamless sleep is often described as unconsciousness. We certainly don’t see distinct objects or have linear and memorable trains of thought, as we do in daily life or while dreaming. But in a meta-analysis published last month in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, cognitive science experts argue …

Sleep

Testosterone reduces eye contact avoidance in women with Social Anxiety Disorder

Taking an oral dose of testosterone relieves one of the major symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), according to findings of a study published …

Androgens

You’ve probably been tricked by fake news and don’t know it

If you spent Thanksgiving trying in vain to convince relatives that the Pope didn’t really endorse Donald Trump or that Hillary Clinton didn’t sell …

Psychology

How Word Choices Transform Your Mind

The way we speak has powerful impact on our ability to be successful and happy yet few of us are intentional with our choice of words. Studies have …

Mind

Psychologists spent a month tracking the moods of 28,000 people, and what they did when they were the happiest surprised them

Indulging in a piece of chocolate cake. Meeting up with your best friends for drinks. Going for a hike in the wilderness.<p>We like doing things that feel good because, well, they feel good. It's something psychologists call the "hedonic principle." Basically, the principle goes, we try to do …

Psychology

Research shows new understanding on how working memory is stored in brain

Working memory is integral part of cognitive process and it involves short term memory. Previous research shown that it depends on sustained, …

The Brain

My Partner’s Reaction To My Anxiety Made Me Fall Even More In Love With Her

The official story is that I was diagnosed with and treated for generalized anxiety disorder when I was in my early 20s. It was around that time that …

Mental Health

Pulling an all-nighter could be a temporary fix for depression

Antidepressants can turn a person’s life around, but they can’t do it right away—a new prescription requires at least a month to take effect. Fortunately there’s another, drug-free, way to feel better almost instantly: Just stay up all night.<p>To explain how this works, Louisa Steinberg, a …

Depression

A Neuroscientist Explains What Happens To Your Brain When You Meditate

Meditation is becoming very popular lately. Perhaps it’s the anecdotal evidence friends are sharing with each other or the fact that more and more …

Aging's Sexual Silver Lining: How Sex Improves After 50

There's an old saying: Men have relationships to gain sex. Women have sex to gain relationships. This isn't true for everyone, but it's true often …

Aging

Brain Activity During Human Thought Tracked For The First Time

By significantly increasing the speed of functional MRI (fMRI), researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering …

The Brain

Emotion Journal performs real-time sentiment analysis on your most personal stories

Andrew Greenstein, an app developer from San Francisco, started journaling a few months ago. He tries to write for five minutes every day, but it’s challenging to set aside the time. Still, he’s read that journaling reduces stress and can help with goal-setting, so he’s trying to make it a habit.<p>At …

Emotions

The newest way to treat depression? Science says shrooms.

When Professor David Nutt suggested that the drug classification system should accurately reflect the actual danger levels of each drug, he was fired …

Depression

The neuroscience argument that religion shaped the very structure of our brains

Religion and neuroscience are not an obvious pairing. But earlier this week, a study published in Social Neuroscience demonstrated that spiritual feelings activate the neurological reward systems of devout Mormons. The study used fMRI scans to show that the nucleus accumbens—an area associated with …

The Brain

How Should a Society Be?

<b>HOW SHOULD A SOCIETY BE?</b><p>My academic background is in computer science and philosophy. My work has been about the relationship between those two …

Bone loss may be linked to Alzheimer's disease

Fewer than 5 percent of cases of Alzheimer's disease have a clear genetic cause, making it hard to predict who will develop the devastating …

Health

Psychosis in Parkinson’s: now we can treat it without making other symptoms worse

© Alice Moloney<b>Half of people with Parkinson’s disease experience hallucinations, paranoia and delusions. Mary O’Hara reports on a new hope.</b> 29 …

Parkinson's Disease

Autism therapies blur boundary between clinic, everyday life | Spectrum

Most researchers agree that the earlier we intervene in children with autism, the better. Like many people in the autism research community, I …

Autism

Cheating to get ahead reduces happiness

Cheating to get ahead is likely to reduce your level of happiness. That’s according to a new study by University of California, Riverside sociology …

University of California