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Can Spirituality Change Our Brain and Prevent Depression?

A recent study has indicated that the practice of regular spiritual activity can help alleviate and protect against depression.

The study, which was published online by JAMA Psychiatry, showed that a thickening of the brain cortex was associated with regular meditation or other spiritual or religious practice, and could be the reason...
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Scientists Can Affect Brain Responses Using Ultrasound Waves

Scientists have discovered that ultrasound directed to a specific areas of the brain can enhance sensory awareness and perception in the brain.

Most people are familiar with the use of ultrasound scanners as devices that utilise high frequency sound waves to create images of internal organs. This technology has now been adapted by...
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Human Brain Growing in Test Tube

Some days we all feel like we need to have a brain transplant. This idea may not be so incredible from now on, as a recent study published in the journal 'Nature' explains.
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NDE Discovery: Brain Found to Be 'Highly Active' Just After Death

The near-death experience reported by cardiac arrest survivors worldwide may be grounded in science, according to research at the University of Michigan.

Previously, it was not believed that the brain could be active after death, but now it appears that there is a burst of superconsicous activity for about 30 seconds AFTER its blood...
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New Brain Discovery May Enable Abduction Proof

Archeologists usually investigate ancient sites, but what if neurologists could dig into the brain's past and uncover the history of past experiences? Recent brain studies have revealed that spontaneous waves of neuronal activity in the brain bear the imprints of earlier events for at least 24 hours after the experience has taken place. This...
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China Thinks We're Born With Our Brains

Americans tend to think that our IQ is a combination of the genes we were born with and the way we were educated, but the Chinese think that at least half of the variation in intelligence quotient, or IQ, is inherited. The average person's IQ is 100. The average Nobel laureate's...
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How the Internet Changes Your Brain

Lots of things change our brains (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). We know that reading changes the brain--according...
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Alcohol Can Rewire Our Brains

Is it possible to rewire our brain? (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). Sometimes this may happen without our knowledge, such as when we drink too much.
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Why Our Brains May be Different

We share a majority of our genes and abilities with chimps, so what makes us different? (NOTE: Subscribers can still...
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Math Can be a Pain in the Brain

If you didn't do well in math, it may be because crunching numbers literally hurts your brain.

When neuroscientists look at a human brain under an fMRI machine, while they give them a math problem to do, the pain centers in some people's brains light up. In one such test, the parts of the brain that perceive pain and bodily threats...
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Music Changes the Brain

Lots of things change the brain (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), and one of these is music. At a time when school budgets are...
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Microorganisms Are Controlling Your Brain

The new science of evolutionary medicine asks the question: who (or WHAT) benefits when people show symptoms of a disease? Often, it's the microbes that are causing the disease in the first place. For instance, cold symptoms. When an infected person coughs or sneezes out some of the tiny organisms that are causing the problem, they are able to...
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Repair Your Brain

What kind of shape is YOUR brain in? Have you had an injury that has affected the way it functions? (NOTE: Subscribers...
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You Can be Controlled by Lasers

Will brain control (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) someday make us all obedient servants? In the quest to understand how the brain turns sensory input into behavior, scientists have used precisely-...
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How our Brains FEEL Metaphors

Our language and literature are so full of metaphors that we rarely notice them--but our BRAIN does. For instance, when a character's...
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Think You're a Woman? You May be Part Male!

Male DNA is commonly found in the brains of women, most likely derived from prior pregnancy with a male fetus. While the medical implications of male DNA and male cells in the brain are unknown, the harboring of genetic material and cells that were exchanged between fetus and mother during pregnancy has been linked to autoimmune diseases and...
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Brains are Better Later

Recent research into how the brain develops suggests that people are better equipped to make major life decisions in their late 20s than earlier in the decade. It turns out that the brain is still...
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Your Experiences Change Your Brain

Lots of things change our brains (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to these shows). Changes in sensory experience...
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Our Brain Takes Snapshots

It turns out that the human brain takes a series of snapshots, very quickly, that appears to us as continuous perception. This is the way a movie filmstrip works--the dark line between each frame tricks the eye and the brain to perceiving a series of still images as moving. Could this be why it is so difficult for us to see the visitors--that they...
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Duped by Our Own Brains

Why do the elderly support politicians who want to do away with Medicare and Social Security? Scientists say this is because a specific area of the brain has deteriorated or is damaged.

By examining patients with various forms of brain damage, researchers have pinpointed the precise location in the human brain, called the...
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New Cure: Zap the Brain

Drug research is changing: instead of pills, researchers are concentrating on "bioelectronics" that "zap" the brain into healing the body through electronic signaling. A lot this has to do with implants (NOTE:...
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Eating Too Much Causes Memory Loss

Can't remember where you put your keys? (How about your Key!) Are you more forgetful than you used to be? It could be because you're EATING TOO MUCH.

New research suggests that consuming between 2,100 and 6,000 calories per day may double the risk of memory loss among...
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Our Brains are Shrinking, Even Though We're Using Them More

We always assume that humans are getting smarter all the time, but we may really be getting dumber. In fact, human brains are actually SHRINKING, despite the fact that our heads are actually getting LARGER. And why do so many people do two--or more--things at once, like...
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Do You Hear Voices in Your Head?

The Visitors "talk" to people in their heads and now our government is learning how to do the same thing.
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Think Better in a Foreign Language

Researchers have found that people are more likely to make rational decisions and take favorable risks when they think through a problem in a foreign language (of course, you need to...
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How to Predict Your Future

While we can't all be clairvoyant, neuroscientists who are able to "watch" our brains in action with fMRI machines have determined that activity in a region of the brain associated with reward can predict who will...
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Everything I Need to Know (I Learned in Kindergarten)

Attentiveness in kindergarten accurately predicts the development of "work-oriented" skills in school children.

Elementary school teachers made observations of attention skills in over a thousand kindergarten children, then later, when these...
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How Sunshine Changes Us

It doesn't just bring us Vitamin D, it can affect all brain activity--including the central nervous system--leading to changes in human behavior. And the recent solar flares coming from the sun may lead to an even GREATER response than...
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Do Video Games Improve the Brain?

Some researchers worry that violent video games will make their players (usually young boys) more violent, while other scientists think they help build brain power. Wouldn’t it be nice...
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Athletes: Forget the Body--It's Your BRAIN That's Important!

Forget the idea of the dumb athlete, a new study shows that professional athletes have BETTER brains. In fact, psychologists, rather than coaches, are devising tests to tell how good a soccer player will become in the future.

It has long been known that physical ability and ball sense are not enough to become really good at soccer. A...
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