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'Spectacular discovery' of how memories are formed and learning takes place

Brain scientists in the UK and US have collaborated to make ‘a spectacular discovery’ – for the first time in human studies – of how memories are …

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A guy with a twisted sense of humor explains how your brain is quicker to judge than your eyes.

William Haynes wants to talk to you about your brain.

He's a comedian for SourceFed, and he's got kind of a strange, dark sense of humor.

There should …

The Brain

Optogenetics and genomic tools make it possible to pinpoint the source of memory, consciousness, and emotions


The Science of ‘Inside Out’

FIVE years ago, the writer and director Pete Docter of Pixar reached out to us to talk over an idea for a film, one that would portray how emotions work inside a person’s head and at the same time shape a person’s outer life with other people. He wanted to do this all in the mind of an 11-year-old …


Peeking into the brain's filing system

Storing information so that you can easily find it again is a challenge. From purposefully messy desks to indexed filing cabinets, we all have our preferred systems. How does it happen inside our brains?

Somewhere within the dense, damp and intricate 1.5kg of tissue that we carry in our skulls, all …

The Brain

Scientists have discovered the 'missing link' between the brain and the immune system

A group of researchers have discovered the existence of previously unknown lymphatic vessels in the brain — a stunning find that upends current medical science and could have far-reaching implications for the study and treatment of neurological diseases like Alzheimers and multiple sclerosis.

The …

The Brain

The Neuroscience of Recalling Old Memories

Neuroscientists have discovered that when someone recalls an old memory, a representation of the entire event is instantaneously reactivated in the …

Life Sciences

'Daddy, are you autistic like me?'

When her youngest son was a baby, Lynne Watkins was afraid to look him in the eye. His intense gaze unnerved her. "It made me shudder and feel sick," …


Insects may be able to feel fear, anger and empathy, after all

A recent survey suggests that, for most of us who have ever had a pet companion, it’s a no-brainer that mammals and birds are emotional creatures, sharing emotions with multiple species and not just their own. Yet despite the thousands of YouTube videos and hundreds of recent scientific studies …


10 Effective Ways To Make You A Faster Learner

The importance of learning cannot be underestimated. Learning empowers us to fulfill our ideas and realize our full potential. The speed of gaining …

Cool Stuff

How City Living May Be Harming Your Mental Health, And What You Can Do About It

City life can take a serious toll on your mental health. Research has shown that urban dwellers are more likely to suffer from chronic stress and mental illness, particularly depression.

But according to new research, the antidote to those city blues could be as simple as a walk in the park.

A …

Mental Health

Chart: How Inside Out's 5 emotions work together to make more feelings

Very, very mild spoilers for Inside Out follow.An important part of the climax of Pixar's wonderful new film Inside Out involves the realization that …


8 experiences you should try on Google Cardboard right now

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Taking those first steps into a virtual world

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Adult Swim Virtual Brainload

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Mercedes VR for …


Do Musicians with Perfect Pitch Have More Autism Traits than Musicians without Perfect Pitch? An Empirical Study


Perfect pitch, also known as absolute pitch (AP), refers to the rare ability to identify or produce a musical tone correctly without the …


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Autism Research Undertaken by Organisations other than Research Autism

This page provides details of autism research being undertaken by organisations …

Developmental Disabilities

This cognitive bias explains why we constantly misunderstand other people

Years of research suggests that we tend to hold other people to different standards than we hold ourselves.

For example: Your coworker turns in a project late, and you assume he's a slacker. The next week, you turn in a project late, and you tell yourself it's because you were preoccupied with …


How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

If you run into an old friend at the train station, your brain will probably form a memory of the experience. And that memory will forever link the person you saw with the place where you saw him.

For the first time, researchers have been able to see that sort of link being created in people's …

The Brain

DARK CHOCOLATE can increase attention span and alertness

Experts from Northern Arizona University have now developed a new chocolate recipe which can increase attention levels and alertness as well as …

Lysosomes Failure to Perform May Contribute to Alzheimer's Disease

Lysosomes, the “garbage disposal” systems of cells, are found in great abundance near the amyloid plaques in the brain that are a hallmark of

Life Sciences

Autism, Intervening Prenatally? A Conversation With Neurobiologist Jonathan Delafield-Butt

Jonathan Delafield-Butt is a neurobiologist and developmental psychologist at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland who thinks the current theory of evolution needs to be far more nuanced to include, in particular, how biological form and function are transmitted across generations, as well as …


Textbooks are getting psychology's most famous case study wrong

It's a remarkable, mythical tale with lashings of gore – no wonder it's a favourite of psychology students the world over.

I'm talking about Phineas Gage, the nineteenth century railway worker who somehow survived the passing of a three-foot long tamping iron through the front of his brain and out …


Scientists have made the first fully functional artificial human brain cells

It seems that growing miniature brains in the lab just wasn't good enough for neuroscientists, as a group of researchers have now constructed an artificial neuron that works like the real thing. Amazingly, the fake cell manages to capture the fundamental signal-transmitting function of neurons and …

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Hope for Alzheimer's treatment as researchers find licensed drugs halt brain degeneration

Two licensed drugs have been shown to halt brain degeneration in mice, raising the prospect of a rapid acceleration in the search for a medicine to beat Alzheimer’s disease.

The results, presented on Tuesday at the Alzheimer’s Society annual research conference in Manchester, have been hailed as …

The Brain

Depression makes the hippocampus region of the brain smaller, study finds

The region of the brain responsible for new memories and regulating emotions is smaller in the brains of people with recurrent depression, according …

The Brain

Chronic depression shrinks brain's memories and emotions

The hippocampus, an area of the brain responsible for memory and emotion, shrinks in people with recurrent and poorly treated depression, a global study has found.

The findings highlighted the importance of treating depression early, particularly in teenagers and young adults, the study …

The Brain

Wanting to Feel Good, Familiar or Useful?

But what about familar emotions? Do people like, and seek out, familiar emotions more than unfamilar ones? Or, do people merely seek out emotions …


Olfactory Fingerprint Points to Personal Sense of Smell

Each of us has, in our nose, about six million smell receptors of around four hundred different types. The distribution of these receptors varies

Scientific Research

Placebo Effect – The Amazing Power of Consciousness

Research on the placebo effect is revealing some amazing discoveries about the power of belief. Placebos were created to control for suggestion, …