Brain Philosophy

By Sandra Clark | Neurophilosophy: the intersection of brain science and thinking about thinking.

Dementia breakthrough? Brain-training game 'significantly reduces risk'

A recent study has been hailed as a "breakthrough" in dementia prevention, after finding that a brain-training exercise can lower the risk of the …

Dementia

World's first human head transplant is successfully carried out

The world's first human head transplant has been carried out on a corpse in China in an 18-hour operation that showed it was possible to successfully reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels.<p>At a press conference in Vienna on Friday morning, Italian Professor Sergio Canavero, director of the …

Medicine

The Age Your Brain Matures at Everything — And It Isn’t Even Fully Developed Until Age 25

Your brain matures at learning a new language before you even know how to read. 😳<p>Neuroscientists are confirming what car rental places already …

The Brain

8 Ways to Increase Your Intellectual Capacity

Time invested into your personal growth is an investment in your success.<p>To become a standout success, invest in yourself. The deeper your investment, the more fit you become for sustaining your entrepreneurial journey. You can only grow your career to the extent that you grow yourself. The good …

The Brain

Scientists have created brain implants that could boost our memory by up to 30%

• <b>Our memories could one day get a boost from a new brain implant device, according to a new study.</b>• <b><br>Researchers looked at how our brains naturally process memories in order to mimic what they do with micro-electric shocks.</b>• <b><br>The device can boost performance on memory tests by up to 30%, according to the</b> …

The Brain

Neurons are seen exploding across the brain "like fireworks" in the most detailed map ever made

Beyond teaching us more about the structure of the brain, these maps could help unlock some of the secrets of memory, taste and touch<p>You can now …

Neuroscience

Why Lack of Sleep Has a Deleterious Effect on the Brain

Few things are worse for your health than long-term sleep deprivation. The sleep deprived have a higher risk of quite a number of conditions …

The Brain

An Epilepsy Drug Could Illuminate Our Understanding of ALS

Why and how ALS halted motor neurons was a mystery—until now, thanks to an epilepsy drug.<p>Every day for 10 weeks, as many as 120 patients with …

Medicine

Human brain tissue ‘invades’ animals

SCIENCE doesn’t know whether these tiny human brains are conscious or not.<p>But they do seem functional.<p>They’re called organoids.<p>They’re small pieces …

Biology

Aaron Hernandez suffered from worst CTE seen in someone his age

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the first time since announcing former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's CTE diagnosis in September, Boston University neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee shared the findings from Hernandez's brain autopsy on Thursday.<p>McKee and her team have examined more than 100 former NFL players' brains for the …

Aaron Hernandez

Scientists implant tiny human brains into rats, spark ethical debate

After several labs successfully implanted human brain organoids into rats, many scientists are questioning the ethical implications of the experiment, STAT News reports.<p>Nearly four years ago, scientists in Vienna discovered that they could create organoids – lentil-sized blobs of human brain tissue …

Genetics

If music gives you chills your brain might be special, research finds

If listening to music gives you goosebumps, you’re not just in touch with your emotions, you might actually have a unique brain, research has …

The Brain

Sleep deprivation stops brain cells firing properly, changing how we see the world

Sleep deprivation stops brain cells communicating properly and affects how people see the world around them, a new study has shown.<p>The new research, which has serious implications for driving while tired, shows that parts of the brain actually turn themselves off to rest even though a person is …

The Brain

Neuroscientists have discovered an important clue about how we push away negative thoughts

• <b>Negative thoughts can be frustrating, but most healthy people can push them away.</b>• <b><br>In people with psychiatric diseases like depression and PTSD, however, these thoughts can be intrusive and cyclical.</b>• <b><br>In a recent study, scientists were able to isolate a mechanism in the brain that seems to help healthy</b> …

The Brain

Neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt explain how creativity works

‘Bend, blend, break’<p>What makes humans special? Some credit should go to the opposable thumb and the larynx, says neuroscientist David Eagleman, but a lot of it has to do with our ability to be creative and constantly think up new ideas.<p>Eagleman, a professor at Stanford University and writer, …

Creativity

Power Causes Brain Damage

How leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise<p>If power were a prescription drug, it would come with a long list of known side effects. It can intoxicate. It can corrupt. It can even make Henry Kissinger believe that he’s sexually magnetic. …

Indra Nooyi

Scientists Find the Chemical That Suppresses Unwanted Thoughts in the Brain

When there's not enough of it, unwanted memories take over.<p>By on<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>The brain does what it can to suppress unwanted …

The Brain

There Are Three Kinds of Consciousness, And Computers Have Mastered One, Says Study

Blade Runners TBC.<p>Consciousness is a slippery concept to pin down, but a small group of neuroscientists just made a solid attempt at doing just …

Alan Turing

How the Brain Defines Who You Are

Cerebrum<p>The cerebrum, also known as the telencephalon, is the largest and most highly developed part of the human brain. It encompasses about …

The Brain

New therapy 'rewires' the brain to fight depression

Each year, Americans spend billions of dollars on antidepressants, but studies show they can be ineffective in up to 40 percent of all patients.<p>California native, Bob Holmes is one of the 16 million people in the U.S. who suffer major depressive episodes each year. Holmes has suffered from …

Depression

How Brains Learn to Fear: Neuroscientists Reveal a Surprising Truth

We're revising what we know about how experience turns into knowledge.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Biology, Experiments, Health & Medicine<p>The future, straight to …

The Brain

Here is How Modern Science Approaches The Phenomenon of Soul

The Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith has provided the long awaited, first principal, biological explanation of the human condition, our capacity …

Spirituality

Your brain knows when you've just died, researchers say

Researchers at New York University's Langone School of Medicine said in an interview that people who've temporarily died are aware that their life has ended, and might be able to hear a doctor announcing their death.<p>Scientists at the New York City school told The Independent newspaper that they’re …

The Brain

The "Mental Lexicon": A Psycholinguistics Definition

"The fact that a speaker can mentally find the word that he/she wants in less than 200 milliseconds, and in certain cases, even before it is heard, …

Language

Magic mushrooms can 'reset' depressed brain

<b>A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can "reset" the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest.</b><p>The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin.<p>Half of patients ceased to be depressed and experienced …

The Brain

Inside the Moonshot Effort to Finally Figure Out the Brain - MIT Technology Review

"Here’s the problem with artificial intelligence today," says David Cox. Yes, it has gotten astonishingly good, from near-perfect facial recognition …

Neuroscience

Brain wiring affects how people perform specific tasks

The way a person’s brain is “wired” directly impacts how well they perform simple and complex tasks, according to a new study from researchers at …

The Brain

New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Neural Networks

Even as machines known as “deep neural networks” have learned to converse, drive cars, beat video games and Go champions, dream, paint pictures and …

Deep Learning

Scientists Somehow Just Discovered a New System of Vessels in Our Brains

It is unclear what they do—but they likely play a central role in aging and disease.<p>You are now among the first people to see the brain’s lymphatic system. The vessels in the photo above transport fluid that is likely crucial to metabolic and inflammatory processes. Until now, no one knew for sure …

Neuroscience