Category Archives: Neuroscience

The Birth of New Brain Cells

Researchers have developed an enhanced imaging technique that can detect small fluctuations in the rate at which neurons are generated in the brain. PET imaging of new neurons in the brain promises to advance our understanding and treatment of depression. … Continue reading

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Mapping the Neurological Processes of Learning and Deciding

Researchers have mapped the neurological processes behind how new information can influence a person to change their mind, providing new insight into the mechanisms of learning. Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin can now map what happens neurologically … 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 Neurons Talk to Each Other

A new paper offers an overview as to how neurons ‘communicate’ with one another. Neurons are connected to each other through synapses, sites where signals are transmitted in the form of chemical messengers. Max Planck Institute has investigated precisely how … Continue reading

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The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable

Humans are awesome. Our brains are gigantic, seven times larger than they should be for the size of our bodies. The human brain uses 25% of all the energy the body requires each day. And it became enormous in a … Continue reading

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Beyond Einstein’s brain: The Anatomy of Genius

When Albert Einstein died in 1955, his brain was removed, weighed and measured, preserved in formalin, photographed, and sectioned for microscopic study. Although we often think of technologic breakthroughs as coming from corporations or industry sectors, ideas come from individual … Continue reading

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The Creative Mind is a Technicolor Contradiction

What is going on in our brains when we are in our creative mode? Besides being in a flow state, what parts of the brain are we calling on to help us imagine and create? There are three major networks … Continue reading

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The Psychology and Neuroscience of Curiosity

Curiosity is a basic element of our cognition, but its biological function, mechanisms, and neural underpinning remain poorly understood. It is nonetheless a motivator for learning, influential in decision-making, and crucial for healthy development. One factor limiting our understanding of … Continue reading

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Inside the Brain of a Curious Child?

Students asking questions and then exploring the answers. That’s something any good teacher lives for. And at the heart of it all is curiosity. But why? What, exactly, is curiosity and how does it work? A study published in the … Continue reading

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Poverty shrinks Brains from Birth

Studies show that children from low-income families have smaller brains and lower cognitive abilities. The stress of growing up poor can hurt a child’s brain development starting before birth, research suggests — and even very small differences in income can … Continue reading

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