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Predicting People's Brain Age Could Help Spot Who is at Risk of Early Death

<i>Summary: Using neuroimaging technology, researchers are able to predict a person’s brain age. This could also help to spot who is at risk of poor</i> …

Neuroscience

"Brain age" found to be a predictor of death

While your chronological age will tell you how long you've been riding around on this planet, your biological age might actually be a more important …

Longevity

The mind-altering power of doubt

She had visited Madonna's mansion the week before, Maggie told me during my ward round. Helped her choose outfits for the tour. The only problem was …

Psychology

Skin Stem Cells Used to Generate New Brain Cells

<i>Summary: Researchers generate new neurons from stem cells derived from the skin. They believe their findings could help advance the understanding of</i> …

Neuroscience

AI will one day be able to upload our memories so we can access them later

Tom Gruber, co-creator of Siri, says AI memory enhancement is inevitable.<p>Artificial intelligence may one day surpass human intelligence. But, if designed right, it may also be used to enhance human cognition.<p>Tom Gruber, one of the inventors of the artificial intelligence voice interface Siri that …

Artificial Intelligence

Quantum Biometrics Exploits the Human Eye’s Ability to Detect Single Photons

When it comes to security, the quantum world offers unparalleled riches. Quantum cryptography, for example, promises absolute secrecy guaranteed by …

Quantum Mechanics

Why do programmers wear headphones? For the same reason that you can’t juggle.

Some call it eliminating distractions. Some call it <i>flow</i>. Tuning out of your immediate surroundings has been shown to increase focus on internal …

Neurology

Why Walking Makes Us Feel Good

Need a reason to get up from your desk? Scientists say each step we take sends a boost of blood to our brains, making us feel sharper and better …

Exercise

Brain's Power to Adapt Offers Short-Term Gains, Long-Term Strains

<i>Summary: Adaptive brain networking following injury can have long term implications for brain health, a new study reports.</i><p><i>Source: Penn State</i> …

Neuroscience

Placebo Effect Could Mend a Broken Heart Too

<i>Summary: A new neuroimaging study finds the placebo effect can help to lessen the impact of the emotional pain from romantic rejection.</i><p>Source: …

Neuroscience

Inflammatory Pathways Link to Obsessive Behaviors in Frontotemporal Dementia

<i>Summary: Researchers link obsessive behaviors in frontotemporal dementia to immune pathways and suggest targeting the immune system could be a new</i> …

Neuroscience

45 minutes' exercise a week boosts brain power in over-fifties

Just 45 minutes of exercise a week boosts the brain power of people in their fifties and over, major new research has revealed.<p>A review of dozens of previous studies found that even one session of moderate aerobic and resistance activity is enough to enhance people’s alertness, decision-making and …

Exercise

Discovery Offers New Hope For Spinal Cord Injury Repair

<i>Summary: V2a interneurons could potentially repair spinal cord injuries, researchers report.</i><p>Source: Gladstone Institute.<p><b>Gladstone scientists are the</b> …

Neuroscience

Brain Stimulation During Training Boosts Performance

<i>Summary: Combining brain training programs with transcranial direct current simulation can lead to cognitive improvements and better working memory,</i> …

Neuroscience

Here's what magic mushrooms do to your body and mind

There's evidence that tripping on magic mushrooms could actually free the mind.<p>Several small studies have linked the psychoactive ingredient in shrooms (which are illegal) with several purported health benefits, including the potential to help relieve anxiety and depression. But, as with any drug, …

Lsd

Mozak turns brain cell mapping into video game, thanks to UW and Allen Institute

A game called Mozak is turning thousands of Internet users into “tracers” who help neuroscientists map out the tangled circuitry of brain cells.<p>The …

Neuroscience

This 10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Clarity And Creativity

<i>“Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep.”</i> — Napoleon Hill<p>Your subconscious never rests and is always on …

Creativity

Neuroscience Learns What Buddhism Has Known For Ages

A new theory in neuroscience suggests consciousness is an intrinsic property of everything, just like gravity.<p>The theory, called Integrated …

Consciousness

Why Some People Are Born Anxious

Have you ever noticed that some people just seemed hard-wired to be stressed out? Maybe you feel like you’ve been dealt an anxious hand yourself. …

Cool Stuff

Scientists step closer to finding cause of multiple sclerosis

As they find out more about the cell biology of multiple sclerosis, scientists are gradually unraveling the mysteries of the disease, although the …

Biology

Brain hemorrhage: Causes, symptoms, and treatments

A brain hemorrhage refers to bleeding in the brain. This medical condition is also known as a brain bleed or an intracranial hemorrhage.<p>The brain is …

Medicine

To Resolve or Not To Resolve, that Is the Question: The Dual-Path Model of Incongruity Resolution and Absurd Verbal Humor by fMRI

Introduction<p>One of the perspectives of humor processing is to perceive the incongruity in the material, resolve it and elaborate the characteristics …

Neurology

How Philosophers Use Zombies to Understand Consciousness

Zombies are a big part of our pop culture. They are both a cathartic exploration of what it means to be human and a vehicle for social commentary. …

Consciousness

Study links diet soda to stroke and dementia risks

New research suggests artificially sweetened drinks like diet soda may be putting the brains of imbibers at increased risk of dementia and stroke.

Sugar

Left-Brained Versus Right-Brained: Which is Best for Learning? | Tomorrow's Professor Postings

Folks:<p>The posting below looks at left-brain, right-brain implications for teaching and learning. It is by Sharyn Hardy Gallagher, University of …

The Brain

Your Brain on Drugs: Neuroscientists Narc on Legal Marijuana

That heady scent of open-air pot-smoking is just another sign of springtime come to D.C. nowadays. (Move over, cherry blossoms.) Wednesday near dusk …

Marijuana

15 Enlightening Rumi Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective on Life

Rumi was a famous poet who has influenced countless generations across the world.<p>He has been described as the most popular poet ever and best selling …

Fish Oil Component Helps Damaged Brain and Retina Cells Survive

A new study reports a molecule made from DHA can trigger the production of a protein that protects against free radicals.The post Fish Oil Component …

Neuroscience

What novels reveal about our brains

Psychological thrillers are a great way of understanding the skewed perception of first-person consciousness<p>With the hotly anticipated <i>Into The Water</i> by Paula Hawkins out next month, the interest in psychological thrillers isn’t going away. The genre’s preoccupations are shared with neuroscience - …

The Brain