Archive for the ‘Science / Psychology and Neuroscience’ Category

Could Brain Training Help Address Police Brutality?

June 8th, 2021

New neuroscience-based technologies aim to improve decisionmaking under pressure. But solving systemic problems will take a lot more than that.

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Sleep Evolved Before Brains. Hydras Are Living Proof

May 30th, 2021

Some of nature’s simplest animals suggest that sleep evolved long before centralized nervous systems.

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A New Brain Implant Translates Thoughts of Writing Into Text

May 14th, 2021

In early experiments, a paralyzed man with implants in his premotor cortex typed 90 characters per minute—by envisioning he was writing by hand.

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This Is Your Brain Under Anesthesia

May 11th, 2021

For the first time, researchers were able to observe, in extra-fine detail, how neurons behave as consciousness shuts down.

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Can an App Help Change Your Personality?

April 21st, 2021

Want to be more sociable or less of a doormat? There’s an (experimental) app for that.

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What Octopus Dreams Tell Us About the Evolution of Sleep

April 16th, 2021

Understanding how other animals dream could help us figure out why it’s so important to the human brain, and why it may have been preserved throughout history.

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The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

March 30th, 2021

Social isolation has been linked to poorer physical and mental health, but scientists are finally starting to understand its neurological impact.

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Microdosing’s Feel-Good Benefits Might Just Be Placebo Effect

March 7th, 2021

A study found no significant difference in the well-being of participants who thought they were taking mini hits of psychedelics and those who actually were.

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If You Transplant a Head, Does Its Consciousness Follow?

March 3rd, 2021

In her new book, Brandy Schillace recalls the unbelievable legacy of a Cold War era neurosurgeon’s mission to preserve the soul.

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This Is What It’s Like to Live Without Smell

February 26th, 2021

Losing any sense can be devastating, even if you never appreciated it before it was gone.

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