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Changing brains: why neuroscience is ending the Prozac era

The big money has moved from developing psychiatric drugs to manipulating our brain networks<p>The psychiatric drug age may have reached its peak. Although mind-altering medications are being prescribed in record numbers, signs of a radically new approach to understanding and treating mental illness …

In Conversation With Neuroscientists

As researchers understand more about the brain, the boundary between science and theories of the mind get blurrier.<p>This week, <i>The Atlantic</i> will travel to the Pacific for a summit all about health, covering everything from cancer and big data to wireless technology and wellness. But for the …

Researchers Discover that the Sleeping Brain Behaves as if it's Remembering Something

<b>UCLA researchers have for the first time measured the activity of a brain region known to be involved in learning, memory and Alzheimer’s disease</b> …

Neuroscience

8 Surprising Things That'll Make You Wildly Successful

We know, we know. Never stop learning. Set goals. Never fear failure. Get grit. Give. But what achievement enhancers don't we expect?<p>One …

How to Pack Mindfully

I didn’t know what I’d need for my first extended meditation retreat, and I’d never been to the Bay area in winter, so I packed enough for a year in any climate – just to be on the safe side.<p>After paying penance in the form of an overweight-bag fee at the airport, I lugged my 90-pound albatross up …

Sleep 'cleans' the brain of toxins

<b>The brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins built up during a hard day's thinking, researchers have shown.</b><p>The US team believe the "waste removal system" is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep.<p>Their study, in the journal Science, showed brain cells shrink during sleep to open up the gaps …

Alzheimer's Disease

The Real-Life Neuroscience Behind Zombies

Most of the zombies you see on television and in movies moan and groan, and pull and tear, and lumber and shuffle, and remain highly focused on …

San Diego