The Anti-Alzheimer's Diet

"It's the healthiest thing I can think of to drink," says Dr. Christopher Ochner, nutrition research scientist at Icahn School of...

New Robotics Solve an Old Riddle

It turns out your teachers were being a little hasty when they said there are only five senses. For instance, there’s proprioception,...

In a Heartbeat

Some amount of fear is healthy. As a 2015 episode of NPR’s Invisibilia illustrates, that rare person born with no fear suffers some...

The Science of "Mini-brains"

StartFragment What makes the human brain so, well, human? It’s not purely a matter of size—from studying the cranial cavities of...

The Left-Handed Brain

What do Babe Ruth, Marie Curie, David Bowie, Barack Obama, and Oprah have in common, other than fame? No, that’s not the start of a...

Phantoms, Magic Tricks and Video Games

In a fair and just world, losing a limb would be the end of feeling any discomfort in that particular region. For one thing, surely at...

The Four Phases of Focus

What happens to the brain during meditation? When researcher Wendy Hasenkamp was at Emory University, she and her team ran experiments on...

Consciousness: Signals in the Noise

StartFragment In February’s blog post, "How your Brain is Like an Ant Colony", we discussed how neural networks follow the concept of...

The Anatomy of Emotion

What is fear made of? In his book Self Comes to Mind, Antonio Demasio describes emotions as complex, largely automated neural programs of...

Suicide: a Stark Truth

StartFragment Suicide: the word itself is sobering. In the U.S., there are 38,000 suicides a year. This makes it one of the top ten...

Old science and new horizons

The human brain is one of the true wonders of the world; after all, it contained the source material for building each of the seven...

Caffeine, Friend or Foe?

One thing's for sure: Americans love their coffee. According to the National Coffee Association, we drink an average of 3.1 cups a day...

Your Brain on Idle

Idleness is the Devil's workshop, or so the saying goes. Blame it on our Puritan origins if you like, but Americans take fewer vacation...

The Brain as a Supercomputer

Have you ever wondered how your brain and your smartphone's operating systems compare? After all, people commonly draw analogies between...