Neuroscience

Daniel Dennett – Think Again - a Big Think Podcast #91 – Thinking About Thinking About Thinking

<b>Subscribe</b> on Google Play, Stitcher, or iTunes<p><b>Come talk to us</b> on Twitter<b>:</b> @bigthinkagain<p><b>In this episode:</b><p>Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big …

Neurophilosophy

Scientists Invented A Headband That Could Help Us Better Understand Each Other

It measures when two people's brains sync up.<p>Your doctor just diagnosed you with Type 2 diabetes. You’re going to need to change your diet. Something is happening to your pancreas. You need to start paying more attention to your blood pressure. You’ve been told all this but as you leave the …

Neurology

How our species got smarter: through a rush of blood to the head

Anthropologists have been curious about the evolution of human intelligence for many decades. The main lines of research have involved archaeological …

Neurology

Mind-Reading Computers That Can Translate Thoughts into Words

<i>Excerpted from</i> The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human <i>by Adam Piore. Copyright © 2017 Adam Piore. With permission of the</i> …

Neurology

Electrical 'switch' in brain's capillary network monitors activity and controls blood flow

All it takes is the flip of a protein "switch" within the tiny wire-like capillaries of the brain to increase the blood flow that ensures optimal …

Neurology

The Weird World of Cyborg Animals Is Here

Roboticists frequently turn to nature for inspiration for their inventions, reverse engineering the traits that evolution has developed over …

Optogenetics

Parallel computation provides deeper insight into brain function

Unlike experimental neuroscientists who deal with real-life neurons, computational neuroscientists use model simulations to investigate how the brain …

Life Sciences

A chemical chaperone improves muscle function in mice with a RyR1 mutation

Altmetric: 1<p>Views: 1<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open<p>Chang Seok Lee<br>• , Amy D. Hanna<br>• , Hui Wang ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0003-2654-0243<br>• , Adan Dagnino-Acosta<br>• , Aditya …

Biology

Neuroscience: Coffee Can Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer's

A cup of coffee a day just might keep the doctor away.<p>Love coffee? You might be in luck. Although the fresh, aromatic bean has long been lauded for its many uses and benefits, it can be difficult to see a real use for coffee outside of its primary function--keeping us awake when we don't have the …

Neurology

Boosting natural brain opioids may be a better way to treat anxiety

Published in <i>Nature Communications</i> by University of Sydney scholars, the findings suggest medications that boost the effect of natural brain opioids …

Depression

Neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you stress-free

The modern world seems to be designed to increase stress, and I'm starting to wonder if worrying will soon be an Olympic sport.<p>You may have your own …

Neurology

Research suggests amygdala neural circuits drive pleasure-inducing behavior

Scientists have long believed that the central amygdala, a structure located deep within the brain, is linked with fear and responses to unpleasant …

Life Sciences

Brain anatomy alterations associated with Social Networking Site (SNS) addiction

Article |<p>Open<p>Qinghua He<br>• , Ofir Turel<br>• & Antoine Bechara<p><i>Scientific Reports</i> <b>7</b>, Article number: 45064 (2017)<p>doi:10.1038/srep45064<p>Download Citation<p>Brain<br>• Brain …

Life Sciences

Recognizing "Mom" Works in Only One Eye at a Time in These Animals

In the summer of 2015 University of Oxford zoologists Antone Martinho III and Alex Kacelnik began quite the cute experiment—one involving ducklings …

Neurology

Study on multisensory integration shows how brain combines subtle sensory signals to take notice

A new study describes a key mechanism in the brain that allows animals to recognize and react when subtle sensory signals that might not seem …

The Brain

Clock stars: Astrocytes keep time for brain, behavior: Star-shaped cells around neurons prove to be surprisingly important players in body's clock

Star-shaped cells around neurons prove to be surprisingly important players in body's clock<p>Star-shaped cells called astrocytes, long considered …

Biology

Surprising Culprit in Nerve Cell Damage Identified [image]

Life Sciences

UNMC researchers reach milestone in effort to slow or halt progression of Parkinson's

Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center have reached a new milestone in their efforts to harness the immune system to slow or halt …

Medicine

New study shows circular RNA can encode for proteins

Research shows that circular RNAs, until now considered non-coding, can encode for proteins<p>A group of scientists in Israel and Germany, led by Prof. …

Biology

Is anything real? And if not, whose dream are we in? Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the mystery of consciousness

<i>In his new book From Bacteria to Bach and Back, atheist philosopher Daniel Dennett wonders how human consciousness arose</i>– <i>and what it's for. Jane O'Grady examines his case</i><p>Water is H2O, heat is the movement of molecules, and in time, claim some philosophers and scientists, we will similarly be able …

Neurophilosophy

Is the Brain More Powerful Than We Thought? Here Comes the Science

If you’ve ever played around with an old music amplifier, you probably know what a firing neuron sounds like.<p>A sudden burst of static? Check. A rapid …

The Brain

This Is Your Brain on GPS Navigation

Parts of the brain that are used to navigate and plan routes aren’t active when directions are fed to us.<p>We’ve all come to rely on smartphones and …

Neurology

Stanford scientists study Pavlovian conditioning in neural networks

By looking at groups of neurons in the emotional center of the brain, researchers now understand how neural networks in the brain form associations, …

Life Sciences

The Brains of Blind People Really Are Wired to Enhance Other Senses

It’s often said that the loss of one sense improves the others. New research shows the dramatic extent to which this is true in blind people, and how …

Neurology

Deep Brain Stimulation and Multiple Sclerosis

Neurology

How the brains of blind people are rewired to boost their other senses

MRI scans have identified multiple changes to the brain of blind participants.<p>The brain of blind people goes through anatomical and functional …

The Brain

Study identifies brain cells involved in Pavlovian response: Same neurons malfunction in Parkinson's, Huntington's and Tourette syndrome

Same neurons malfunction in Parkinson's, Huntington's and Tourette syndrome<p>A new study has traced the Pavlovian response to a small cluster of brain …

Life Sciences

Epigenetic alteration a promising new drug target for heroin use disorder

Heroin use is associated with excessive histone acetylation, an epigenetic process that regulates gene expression, and more years of drug use …

Life Sciences

Study identifies brain cells involved in Pavlovian response

In his famous experiment, Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov rang a bell each time he fed his dogs. Soon, the dogs began drooling in anticipation when …

The Brain

Physical Review E - Volume 95 Issue 2

Editorial: From the APS Editor in Chief<p>Pierre MeystrePhys. Rev. E <b>95</b>, 020001 (2017) – Published 1 February 2017<p>PDFHTML<p>Featured in Physics<p>Modeling …

Life Sciences