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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

Scientists find that tripping on mushrooms is a promising way to treat depression

Psilocybin—the naturally occurring psychedelic compound in hundreds of kinds mushrooms—has been reported to show promise as a treatment for depression. Now researchers are trying to find out more about how that works.<p>Scientists looking at how the brain responds to psilocybin gave 19 patients two …

Depression

Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It

Teachers have long known that rote memorization can lead to a superficial grasp of material that is quickly forgotten. But new research in the field …

Teaching

7 ways to reshape your brain and learn anything

You know that old saying that if you give a person a fish, they'll eat for a day, and if you teach them to fish, they'll eat for a lifetime? It's the perfect summary of just how important learning can be.<p>But what's the best way to make sure you learn and don't forget? After all, you can fish all …

Learning

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, Interaction Between Two Key Proteins Regulates Development of Neurons, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: Study provides insight into why imbalance between Sox2 and Nup153 may contribute to neurodegenerative and mental illnesses.Source: Salk …

Neuroscience

The Neuroscience of Narrative and Memory

If you’ve had the pleasure of reading bedtime books to young children, you’ve observed one of the reasons why narratives are so compelling. During …

Emotions

Supercomputing is allowing us to map brain function at the deepest levels

A Daunting Task<p>Humanity has so much to gain from a map of the human brain’s neural connections, but while producing that map sounds simple enough in …

Neuroscience

Depression is a physical illness which could be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, scientists suggest

Depression could be treated using anti-inflammatory drugs, scientists now believe, after determining that it is a physical illness caused by a faulty immune system.<p>Around one in 13 people in Britain suffers from anxiety or depression and last year the NHS issued 64.7 million prescriptions for …

Depression

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, A New Learning Rule for Memory Formation and Storage Revealed, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: A new study questions traditional views of how memories are formed and stored in the brain. Additionally, researchers propose a new …

Neuroscience

4 Things to Do That Will Make You Happier—According to Neuroscience

Science-backed ways to boost your mood.<p>The Most Important Question to Ask When You Feel Down<p>Sometimes it doesn’t feel like your brain wants you to be …

10 Things Mentally Strong People Always Do When Things Get Rough

To be able to laugh in difficult times only requires a shift in perspective.<p><i>How do you keep yourself calm when things are going against you in life? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by</b> …

Scientists Just Discovered New Kinds of Cells in The Human Brain

It could help detect brain disease before it occurs.<p>Neuroscientists have discovered a new way to categorise neurons at a molecular level. This will …

If It Doesn't Suck, It's Not Worth Doing

According to psychological research, the anticipation of an event is almost always more emotionally powerful than the event itself.<p>According to psychological research, the anticipation of an event is almost always more emotionally powerful than the event itself.<p>The dread of asking your boss for a …

Self-improvement

Unhappiness Might Make You Happy, Study Says

If you, like some of us (<i>ahem</i>, this editor), seem especially prone to negative thoughts and have had to spend the bulk of your adult years listening …

Psychology

What causes depression? What we know, don’t know and suspect

The term and even diagnosis of “depression” can have different meanings and consequences. Depression can be a normal mood state, a clinical disorder, …

Depression

Music - The Conqueror of Chronic Pain

In the brain, dopamine acts as a neurotransmitter and is released from nerve cells to send signals to other nerves – think of it as a neural messenger. Dopamine (DA, which is contracted from 3,4-dihydroxyphenethylamine) is an organic chemical of the catecholamine and phenethylamine families that …

Pain

The human brain sees the world as an 11-dimensional multiverse

New research suggests that the human brain is almost beyond comprehension because it doesn’t process the world in two dimensions or even three. No, …

Neurology

New research on the biology behind over-thinking shows how it makes us less creative

Every journalist suffers from "writer's block" sometimes. Whatever job you do, you can probably relate to how it feels to be stuck in a rut.<p>According to new research, one reason for experiencing this is biological.<p>Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmiths University of London …

The Brain

Neuronal on/off switch could help oversleepers and insomniacs

It's happened to all of us at some point: a loud noise in the middle of the night wakes you up in a panic. Even if it turns out to be just a neighbor …

New Neuroscience Wearable Claims To Alleviate Stress In Just 30 Seconds (video)

If you find you suffer from stress during your working day, studying or while just out and about, you may be interested in a new neuroscience …

Low-fat dairy intake may raise Parkinson's risk

Low-fat dairy is often seen as a healthful alternative to the full-fat kind. But according to a new study, consuming higher amounts of low-fat dairy …

Parkinson's Disease

Working memory: How you keep things 'in mind' over the short term

When you need to remember a phone number, a shopping list or a set of instructions, you rely on what psychologists and neuroscientists refer to as …

Scientists discover enzyme that supports brain tumor growth

Researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston have discovered that an enzyme helps brain tumors to grow. This finding …

Cancer

The Brain Literally Starts Eating Itself When It Doesn't Get Enough Sleep

Holy crap.<p>The reason we sleep goes far beyond simply replenishing our energy levels every 12 hours - our brains actually change states when we sleep …

10 Ways Smart People Stay Calm

You can preempt much of your stress with these vital practices.<p>The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90 percent of top performers are skilled …

Emotional Intelligence

What Quitting Coffee Actually Does to Your Brain

By on<p>Filed Under Science, Drugs, Food & Sleep<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>For 64 percent of American adults, not a day goes by where they don’t …

Coffee

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

The ability to focus is an important driver of excellence. Focused techniques such as to-do lists, timetables, and calendar reminders all help people to stay on task. Few would argue with that, and even if they did, there is evidence to support the idea that resisting distraction and staying …

A neuroscientist explains why we can’t see the world objectively—and humanity is better for it

Humans have a primal, biological imperative to maintain the status quo, but seeking out answers to the unknown is also incredibly important to evolutionary innovation.<p>This dichotomy creates all sorts of kerfuffles. We’re taught to rid ourselves of implicit biases that don’t serve society and to …