Neuroscience

Science reveals what happens to your body and brain when you get drunk

Alcohol consumption has been a part of human civilization for thousands of years. But while we have a general understanding of alcohol's effects — most people can recognize when one more drink is one too many — the specifics of what happens to your body as you get drunk are fairly complicated.<p>We've …

Alcohol

Left-Brained Versus Right-Brained: Which is Best for Learning? | Tomorrow's Professor Postings

Folks:<p>The posting below looks at left-brain, right-brain implications for teaching and learning. It is by Sharyn Hardy Gallagher, University of …

Neurology

Brain hats send message of 'critical thinking' at March for Science

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Pink and gray brain hats dotted the crowds at the March on Science in Washington, becoming one of the symbols of the march's message.<p>Many referred to the crocheted hats as "thinking caps," saying the headgear represents critical thinking, a cornerstone of science.<p>"People don't …

Neurology

Brain Scans of One-Handed People Are Completely Changing Our Understanding of the Brain

"The implications, if this interpretation is correct, are massive."<p>Scans taken of people born with only one hand have revealed areas of the brain …

Neurology

New research suggests your ability to forgive—or not—is actually biological

Forgive and forget is advice easier for some people to follow than others. But a newly published neuroscience study has given those who hold onto grudges a good excuse: It seems the ability to forgive is linked to the size of a specific area in the brain.<p>The research, published in Scientific …

Neurology

What Makes a Genius?

Some minds are so exceptional they change the world. We don’t know exactly why these people soar above the rest of us, but science offers us clues.<p>This story appears in the May 2017 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p><b>The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia</b> houses an array of singular medical specimens. …

Neurology

Beetroot juice before exercise might keep brains young

It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but beetroot juice has been shown to offer a number of health benefits relating to blood flow. These have …

Neurology

Gender Difference Seen in Alcohol’s Effects on Brain’s Reward System

A new study has found evidence suggesting that alcoholism may have different effects on the reward system in the brains of women than it does in …

Life Sciences

It’s Not Just You — ‘Allergy Brain’ Is Real

Hey, pretty nice that we’re finally getting some nice springy weather, huh? Oh, you haven’t noticed? Oh, you’ve been too busy sneezing your face off …

Neurology

Replica Brain Reveals Advanced Communication In Fossil Human Ancestor

The newest ancestor on the human evolutionary tree, <i>Homo naledi</i>, was named in 2015. Yesterday at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists conference, researchers presented the first possible evidence for spoken language in this South African fossil species.<p>Paper presentations given by …

Neurology

Elon Musk’s New Company Neuralink Will Connect Our Brains to Computers

We’ve known for about a month now that Elon Musk is developing a new company called Neuralink, which aims to connect the human brain to computers. …

Elon Musk

Bustle on Why Brains Love Poetry

Not only is reading poetry good for your brain, as <i>Bustle</i> reports, but it appears that our brains are in fact “wired” to enjoy poetry whether or not …

Neurology

Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently by Beau Lotto review – why we need brain control

A neuroscientist argues that all experience occurs in the brain – and that the brain is deluded<p>Beau Lotto is a gung-ho neuroscientist. “[The] great minds of history,” he says, “had theories, but now neuroscience has an answer.” The latest research has, it seems, established that everything you …

Neurology

15 Women Share Why They're Marching for Science

Scientists and science lovers are taking to the streets April 22nd for the first-ever March for Science. The march is poised to be one of the largest …

Clinical Trials

Inositol polyphosphate multikinase promotes Toll-like receptor–induced inflammation by stabilizing TRAF6

Toll-like receptor (TLR) signaling is tightly controlled to protect hosts from microorganisms while simultaneously preventing uncontrolled immune …

Life Sciences

Facebook's plan to tap into our brains, fact-checked by a neuroscientist

No, Facebook will not be able to listen in on your inner monologue.<p>Facebook wants a direct line into your brain.<p>As Recode reports, the company’s secretive R&D lab — known as Building 8 — is creating a “‘brain-computer speech-to-text interface,’ technology that’s supposed to translate your thoughts …

Neurology

Treating Depression by Training Your Amygdala

In a remarkable study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Kymberly Young and colleagues report that depressive symptoms can be …

Depression

Scientists Are Attempting to Unlock the Secret Potential of the Human Brain

Sometimes, it occurs when a person suffers a nearly fatal accident or life-threatening situation. In others, they are born with a developmental …

Neurology

Functional Connectivity Between Surgically Disconnected Brain Regions? - Neuroskeptic

By Neuroskeptic | April 21, 2017 2:26 pm<p>A <b>new article</b> posted on preprint site bioRxiv has generated a lot of interest among neuroscientists on …

Neurology

Young People Experience More Déjà Vu, And That Says Important Things About The Brain

Most people have experienced déjà vu at some point in their lives—that eerie phenomenon where an experience feels way more familiar than it should. …

Consciousness

These creepy naked rats have a superpower and scientists can’t believe it

Naked mole-rats are weird creatures. They’re a cold-blooded mammal (which is insanely rare), they have extremely low metabolism which allows them to …

Oxygen

Facebook Announces "Typing-by-Brain" Project

First it was Elon Musk, now Facebook. Suddenly, all the big Silicon Valley players want to get into brain tech.<p>Yesterday Facebook announced that it’s …

Neurology

Machine learning shows exactly when to zap brain to boost memory

Struggling to remember something? An electrical jolt deep in the brain might help – if it is given at the right time.<p>To discover the effect of …

Neurology

Researchers to look for CTE evidence in Hernandez's brain

BOSTON (AP) — Boston University researchers will study Aaron Hernandez’s brain to determine if the former NFL star suffered from the same …

Neurology

Elon Musk's dreams of merging AI and brains are likely to remain just that — for at least a decade

It will probably work in the end, just not that soon<p>Elon Musk wants to fix disability, replace language as we know it, and use brain implants to usher us into a telepathic world. And he wants the first part of this to be done in the next four years. All of this could theoretically work, experts …

The Brain

How Reliable Are Our Memories?

Recently I found a diary that I'd written when I was 17. Like so many people, my memories of that time feel extremely vivid and important. Psychological research backs this up, consistently finding that adolescent memories are unusually powerful and easily accessed. This is hardly surprising given …

Neurology

Should we zap liars' brains to make them honest?

What makes people tell the truth, even when they have more to gain by being dishonest? Certainly, society puts plenty of effort into getting people …

Neurology

The Speedy Workout That Changes Your Brain

You probably don’t need to read another article extolling the virtues of regular exercise. If you, like the vast majority of people in the U.S., …

Exercise

Harvard team leads breakthrough on the genetics of parenting

Why is it that some species seem to be particularly attentive parents while others leave their young to fend for themselves? For years, scientists …

Genetics

Aaron Hernandez's family, medical examiner's office tussle over ex-NFL player's brain

Aaron Hernandez’s family has decided to donate his brain to medical researchers, his lawyer, Jose Baez, said at a press conference Thursday.<p>The …

Neurology