Category Archives: Human brains

Your Brain Makes You a Different Person Every Day

Brain “plasticity” is one of the great discoveries in modern science, but neuroscientist David Eagleman thinks the word is misleading. Unlike plastic, which molds and then retains a particular shape, the brain’s physical structure is continually in flux. But Eagleman … Continue reading

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From the Human Brain to the Global Brain

Human intelligence (i.e., the ability to consistently solve problems successfully) has evolved through the need to adapt to changing environments. This is not only true of our past but also of our present. Our brain faculties are becoming more sophisticated … Continue reading

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The adaptive Human Parental Brain: implications for children’s social development

Although interest in the neurobiology of parent-infant bonding is a century old, neuroimaging of the human parental brain is recent. After summarizing current comparative research into the neurobiology of parenting, here I chart a global ‘parental caregiving’ network that integrates … Continue reading

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The sleep-deprived human brain

How does a lack of sleep affect our brains? In contrast to the benefits of sleep, frameworks exploring the impact of sleep loss are relatively lacking. Importantly, the effects of sleep deprivation (SD) do not simply reflect the absence of … Continue reading

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A Cultural Neuroscience approach to the Biosocial nature of the Human Brain

Cultural neuroscience (CN) is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the relationship between culture (e.g., value and belief systems and practices shared by groups) and human brain functions. In this review, we describe the origin, aims, and methods of CN as well as its … Continue reading

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Our Brains have a Basic Algorithm that enables our Intelligence

Our brains have a basic algorithm that enables us to not just recognize a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but the intelligence to ponder the broader implications of a bountiful harvest as well as good family and friends. “A relatively simple mathematical … Continue reading

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Your Brain can do more than You Think it can

Our brains have the built-in potential to perform at levels far beyond what many of us consider our “natural abilities” … brains change and adapt through training. Our brains are anything but static. When we have new experiences and encounter … Continue reading

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Brains work via their Genes just as much as their Neurons

It’s not headline news that our brains are the seat of our thoughts and feelings. The brain is a body’s decision-maker, the pilot of its actions and the engineer that keeps all systems going. The brain suits the body’s actions … Continue reading

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How to Turn on the Part of Your Brain that Controls Motivation

We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don’t do it. There is a cluster of neurons in our brain critical for motivation, though. What if you … Continue reading

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Large Human Brain Evolved as a Result of ‘Sizing Each Other Up’ in large Cooperative Social Groups

Researchers propose the human brain is disproportionately large as a result of sizing one another up in large cooperative social groups. Experts suggest that complex decisions of whether to help someone or not could have led to the disproportionately large … Continue reading

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