Category Archives: Brains

How the brain adapts to stress

Scientists now have a better understanding of the way that stress impacts the brain. New research reveals pioneering evidence for a new mechanism of stress adaptation and may eventually lead to a better understanding of why prolonged and repeated exposure … Continue reading

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Health Check: can your brain be ‘full’?

The brain is truly a marvel. A seemingly endless library, whose shelves house our most precious memories as well as our lifetime’s knowledge. But is there a point where it reaches capacity? In other words, can the brain be “full”? The … Continue reading

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How the brain consolidates memory during deep sleep

Research strongly suggests that sleep, which constitutes about a third of our lives, is crucial for learning and forming long-term memories. But exactly how such memory is formed is not well understood and remains, despite considerable research, a central question … Continue reading

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Re-energizing the aging brain

The human brain has a prodigious demand for energy — 20 to 30% of the body’s energy budget. In the course of normal aging, in people with neurodegenerative diseases or mental disorders, or in periods of physiological stress, the supply … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Brain

Why do we spend a third of our life asleep? The answer seems obvious: To recover from the “fatigue” of being awake, to be ready for another day of challenges, good or bad. All of us have experienced the consequences … Continue reading

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Your Brain doesn’t contain memories, it is Memories

Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child’s face; the day you realized you had fallen in love. It’s not a single memory, though, is it? Reconstructing it, you remember the smells, … Continue reading

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Why are we all so frightened?

Knowing what you should fear, and quickly recognizing the biological changes in your body that indicate fear, can save your life. This critical task is processed by a small almond-shaped structure, the amygdala, which lies deep within the bottom of … Continue reading

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Daily Crosswords Linked to Sharper Brain in Later Life

A new study from the University of Exeter adds to growing evidence that embarking on daily challenging puzzles can help protect brain function later in life. Researchers report older people who complete a daily crossword have brain function equivalent to people … Continue reading

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The Encephalophone: Creating Music with the Brain

The encephalophone is based on brain-computer interfaces using an old method, called electroencephalography, which measures electrical signals in the brain. The instrument collects brain signals through a cap that transforms specific signals into musical notes. The invention is coupled with a synthesizer, … Continue reading

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Learning with Music can change Brain structure

Listening to music while learning a new physical skill can help increase connectivity in the white matter tract linking auditory and motor regions of the brain, new study reports. Using musical cues to learn a physical task significantly develops an important … Continue reading

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