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Anesthesia points to deeper level 'quantum channels' as origins of consciousness

Oil and water don’t mix. Can that simple fact explain consciousness? In a special issue of <i>Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry</i> scientists from Nova …

Research into brain's ability to heal itself offers hope for novel treatment of brain injury

Innovative angles of attack in research that focus on how the human brain protects and repairs itself will help develop treatments for one of the …

You Can Grow New Brain Cells. Here's How.

Sex, dark chocolate, and aerobics are all encouraged.<p>Can adults grow new neurons? Until relatively recently, experts believed the answer was no.<p>But as neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret explains in a new TED Talk, humans can indeed generate new brain cells, a process called neurogenesis. More …

Teach Your Children to Lie

Lying is an incredibly important skill. But it is pretty tricky and depends on a basic cognitive capability that young children lack and need to …

Humans Feel Empathy For Robots, Scientists Find

Researchers in Japan discover neurological evidence that we empathize with robots "in pain."<p>The ability to feel empathy toward others is supposed to be an innate human ability. But when we refer to "others," does that include robots? New research suggests it does.<p>A study from Japan, published on …

The New Way to Predict PTSD in Adults

Chances are you may experience some sort of trauma in your lifetime, whether it's a car accident, a robbery, or a physical attack. Despite being …

Mental Health

Why painting and art can make you happy

This was not my lecture hall, this was not my professor. It was 20 years ago and I cannot recall much about the strange students that were sat around …

Why Do We Fear Mental Illness?

This week, thanks in part to a $15 million appropriation from Congress, the National Council for Behavioral Health launched a campaign aimed at …

Childhood trauma associated with worse impulse control in adulthood

The scars of childhood abuse and neglect affect adults’ brains for decades to come – including their ability to process and act on information both …