The Brain

How We Ruined Mindfulness

<i>Breathe. Be in the moment. Live in the here and now.</i><p>Those are familiar words, I’m sure, because we are living through a mindfulness revolution. …

Mindfulness

The way our brains age helps us develop more self-control as we get older

More separated and integrated at the same time<p>I’m much better at controlling myself now than I was when I was a kid. I’m more organized and less impulsive. Why is that? What happened in my brain to make this happen?<p>A study published yesterday in <i>Current Biology</i> could have a clue. Scientists studied …

University of Pennsylvania

As Brains Mature, More Robust Information Networks Boost Self-Control

Impulsive children become thoughtful adults only after years of improvements to the brain's information highways, a team reports in <i>Current Biology.</i><p>A study of nearly 900 young people ages8 to 22 found that the ability to control impulses, stay on task and make good decisions increased steadily over …

How an Iowa grad studied the brain-patterns of our Stone Age ancestors: BTN LiveBIG

Imagine being asked to make a stone tool identical to one used by humans millions of years ago. You would be shown a video demonstration on the …

Stone Age

Olga's legacy: The brain of a famous athlete in her 90s is still revealing clues about longevity

Olga Kotelko took up track and field at 77, and never looked back.<p>For most of her days, Olga Kotelko led a relatively ordinary life. One of 11 …

Lifestyle

6 Memory Tricks to Protect You As You Age

Feeling forgetful lately? You may be concerned about how to improve memory, especially as you get older. After all, doesn't it feel like our memory …

Lifestyle

The Surprising Science Of Fidgeting

"<p>Harriet Dempsey-Jones - Postdoctoral Researcher in Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford<p>Hand-held toys known as "fidget spinners" - marketed as "stress relievers" - have become so popular and distracting in classrooms that they are now being banned in many schools. And it's not just kids …

Body Language

Gray Matter Density Increases During Adolescence

<i>Summary: While brain volume decreases during the transition from childhood to young adulthood, gray matter volume actually increases, researchers</i> …

Neuroscience

Elon Musk's Neural Lace Could Use Brain-Stimulating Tech to Make Us Smarter

Stimulating The Brain<p>We are now poised at a time in history when brain-computer interfaces (BCI) are the obvious next step. On the brink of the …

The Future

Google’s ‘Expeditions’ Initiative is Leading Innovation in the Future of Immersive Education

Google’s overarching mission is to organize all of the world’s information, and so it’s a natural fit for the company to be one of the leading …

Cognition

Friend’s plea to help Manchester terror victim put in induced coma

<b>A father caught up in Monday’s devastating terror attack in Manchester is fighting for his life after surgeons put him in an induced coma.</b><p>Phil …

Radio-Controlled Genes

Peter Parker gained the ability to sense imminent danger thanks to the bite of a radioactive spider. Now, in real life, researchers in Baltimore have …

Neuroscience

Hematopoietic and Lymphoid Tissues

Bone Marrow<p>Early in fetal life, hematopoiesis begins as red blood cell precursors appear in the yolk sac at 2 weeks gestation. In the first …

Neuroscience

Glowing golden-leaf brains show the absolutely awesome nature of our minds

<b>This totally unique mash-up between neuroscience and art shows the stunningly complex beauty of the human brain.</b><p>White men are being replaced in …

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 …

Neuroscience

5 Ways We Can Begin Taking Preventative Measures Today To Improve Brain Fitness

When we talk about cures for brain illness, we tend to think in terms of the distant future. Diseases like Alzheimer's pose challenges to society at large, and the search for solutions is often measured in decades—not days. The biggest societal challenge is, of course, disease burden, with mental …

Brain Fitness

Why Can’t You Remember Being a Baby?

Most of us don’t remember infant or toddlerhood. My sister swears she can remember being two years-old. I can’t remember anything before …

Enzyme That Allows Brain Tumor Growth Discovered

<i>Summary: A new study reveals how the ACSS2 enzyme allows brain tumors to grow in a nutrient starved environment.</i><p>Source: MD Anderson Cancer Center.<p><b>New</b> …

Neuroscience

Trump Wasn’t Always So Linguistically Challenged. What Could Explain The Change?

Some sentences, or partial sentences, would, if written, make a second-grade teacher despair.<p>It was the kind of utterance that makes professional transcribers question their career choice:<p>“ ... there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself — and …

Alzheimer's Disease

Not So Unique? a Key Feature of The Human Brain Has Just Been Found in Monkeys

What makes us human?<p>We humans think we're so special. To determine what sets us apart from the rest of the animal world, scientists investigate …

Monkeys

From Macro to Micro: A Visual Guide to the Brain

A Wiring Diagram<p>When neuroscientists trace the connections between brain regions, they focus on networks of electrically active brain cells called …

Neuroscience

Bar fight, traumatic brain injury inspire a book and an indie film

In 1992, Brian Sweeney was at a bar with friends when a fight broke out. The brawl didn't involve Sweeney or his pals. They decided to leave anyway. That should have been the end of it. But the person causing the commotion was booted out behind them and — armed with brass knuckles — decided to take …

Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain scans show how fathers are more attentive to daughters than sons

Paternal behaviours may reinforce gender stereotypes of their children.<p>Fathers behave differently with their toddler daughters than with their …

Parenting

Mind-control device helps stroke patients retrain brains to move paralysed hands

Tens of thousands of stroke patients left with disabilities have been offered new hope after scientists proved it is possible to retrain the undamaged side of the brain to move paralysed limbs.<p>Around 100,000 people suffer a stroke each year in Britain and two thirds of the 60,000 survivors will …

Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?

<b>Imagine that at some</b> time in the not-too-distant future, you’ve bought a smartphone that comes bundled with a personal digital assistant (PDA) living …

Neurophilosophy

The Death Rate from Alzheimer’s Disease Is Climbing

As the U.S. population continues to age, experts say rates of Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that involves memory loss, will rise …

Neuroscience

South Dakota teen with brain cancer given OK to walk at graduation

RAPID CITY, S.D. – School officials in Rapid City, South Dakota, have changed their minds and agreed to let a teen with brain cancer walk with her peers at graduation.<p>Officials had originally said that 17-year-old Central High student Meredith Erck could not participate in Sunday's ceremony because …

Brain Cancer

Cocaine more addictive than first thought

People who use cocaine 'recreationally' may be closer to becoming a drug addict than they think, warn the authors of a new study.<p>Canadian research …

Substance Abuse

Scientists prove that our brains have a little bit of Jedi in them

Have you ever wished you had Jedi powers? You might think you’ll never reach the level of wisdom, power, and grace as those noble warriors from a …

Learning to Read May Reshape Adult Brains

“Neuroplasticity” is more than a buzzword—it's the brain’s ability to grow, and change. But it’s easy to associate this adaptiveness with kids, for …