Category: brain

Learning, it is widely believed, is based on changes in the connections between nerve cells. Knowing which nerve cells are connected to which other nerve cells would considerably help us to understand how the brain works. Scientists have therefore long dreamed of mapping and then decoding the connectome, the circuit diagram of the brain. Continue reading


I switched off my lefty brain yesterday. Just like that. I ended its incessant chit-chat, labels, and judgements. I shut it down, and like a messy and inexperienced surgeon I ripped out its rotting intellectual filter. Enough of its biased commentary based on experience long past. Enough of its projection in to a future uncertain. It was the now for which I longed, the ever and eternal now free from psychological time. Continue reading

Your brain is essentially what makes you … you. It controls your thinking, problem solving and voluntary behaviors. At the same time, it continuously helps regulate critical aspects of your physiology, such as your heart rate and breathing. And yet your brain — a nonstop multitasking marvel — runs on only about 20 watts of energy, the same wattage as an energy-saving light bulb. Continue reading

Typing text messages, scrolling web pages, and checking your email on your smartphone could be changing the way your thumbs and brain interacts. That’s according to researchers from the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, and University of Fribourg. Continue reading

When we look at a known word, our brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed. That’s the finding from a Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, which shows the brain learns words quickly by tuning neurons to respond to a complete word, not parts of it. Continue reading

Ever feel your eyes glazing over when you see yet another security warning pop up on your monitor? In a first, scientists have used magnetic resonance imaging to measure a human brain’s dramatic drop in attention that results when a computer user is subjected to just two security warnings in a short time. Continue reading

This 15-Year-Old Kid Came Up With A Solution For Wandering Alzheimer's Patients.. In A Daydream

15-year-old Kenneth Shinozuka’s grandfather first began showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease when Kenneth was just four years old. Continue reading

Scientists at the University of Bonn discover a new cause of the prevalent seizure disorder Continue reading

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