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Your Brain & a Worm's Brain

Both are similar to a computer - There are amazing similarities between the human brain, the nervous system of a worm, and a computer chip. Most of us understand the computer chip comparison, but the worm?

Science Daily quotes physicist Danielle Bassett as saying, "Brains are often compared to computers, but apart from...

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Not Science Fiction

It just sounds that way - An amazing reality that used to be thought of as science fiction is here today: Paralyzed people are learning how to access the internet using only their brains (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). The next step is typing and sending an email.

Engineering student John LaRocco...

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Did Your Brain Shrink This Winter?

Your brain actually shrinks in winter, and now that spring is coming it's expanding again. However, as you age, your personality may be what prevents it from returning to normal size in the spring. And neuroscientists say they can alter your ethics by manipulating your brain (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this fascinating show!).

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Bigger?

Not always better - Many researchers think that God resides in our brains, which is why neuroscience is often at the forefront of spirituality. And it turns out that bigger isn't better (in brain size, anyway). If you find it hard to play video games, this could be due to the size of certain PARTS of your brain. And babies are...

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Can We Grow a New Brain?

It's not a medical conspiracy, it's something researchers are really working on: Can we grow new body parts, the way some animals do? Can Alzheimer's patients grow a new BRAIN?

Scientists have turned skin cells from mice tails into neurons able to form connections that are essential for brain functioning and it should work with human...

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Want a Better Brain?

Start exercising - The discovery that aerobic exercise builds brain cells should put an end to the stereotype of the dumb athlete.

In PhysOrg.com, Lin Edwards reports that neuroscientists discovered this by studying the effects of running on the brains of mice. Some had wheels to run on and others did not and both groups...

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New Software May be Able to Read Your Mind

Your boss and/or spouse will no longer have to guess what you're thinking. All they will have to do in the future is fire up their computers and find out! Is this ominous? (It's an incredible world out there!)

By combining fMRI brain scans with pattern-detection software, neuroscientists think they will be able to find out what people...

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How Weirdness Leads to Logic

At the Stargate Conference, Anne Strieber told how people who have had contact with seeming "aliens" usually describe their experiences in strange, almost surrealistic terms. This one of the things that separates real contact from created contact stories, but it is also one of the primary reasons that these people's stories are doubted by...

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A Surprising Way to Improve Your Brain

We wouldn't need to build artificial brains if we could improve the ones we already have. Complex physical manipulations such as juggling produce major changes in white matter (basic structure) of our brains. Neurologists discovered this when they gave fMRI scans to people who were taught to juggle before and after their 6 week course.

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How to Build a Brain

An ARTIFICIAL brain! - Scientists are working to build a living computer. Maybe they ought to concentrate on creating an artificial brain instead (or are these the same thing?)

Neuroscientists think that a machine that duplicates all the functions of a human brain is only a decade away. Physorg.com quotes researcher...

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Keep Your Distance

People from different cultures often do not always read each other right. One example of this is the distance that they stand apart when talking face to face to strangers or acquaintances. In some cultures, people stand much closer to each other than we do, meaning that the American keeps backing up when talking with someone he doesn't know...

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Big Brains Can Be a Problem

Do we get cancer because we evolved big brains? That's a depressing thought, but it may be true.

It's a question that has nagged cancer researcher John McDonald, who says, "I was always intrigued by the fact that chimpanzees appear to have lower rates of cancer than humans."

McDonald and team compared chimp-human gene expression...

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Where Can We Find Wisdom?

Where in the brain is what we call wisdom located? Neurobiologists think they have the answer to this question, which was once only addressed by religion and philosophy.

Psychiatrist Dilip V. Jeste says, "Defining wisdom is rather subjective, though there are many similarities in definition across time and cultures. However, our research...

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How Do Juries Make Decisions?

What part of their BRAINS do they use? - We all want to know (especially since the O.J. trial!) how juries make decisions: with their hearts or with their heads. How to find out? Study their brains!

A neuroscientist and a law professor have teamed up to have peer inside potential jurors' minds to watch how their brains...

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You May Own a Conscious Computer Someday

The Master of the Key predicted this and now it's come true: computers of the future will mimic brains.

In BBC News, Jason Palmer quotes IBM researcher Dharmendra Modha as saying, "The mind has an amazing ability to integrate ambiguous information across the senses, and it can effortlessly create the categories of time, space, object,...

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Cab Driver Brains

Unlike cabbies in many other cities, London cab drivers are notorious for being able to find their way around in a VERY complex city! Researches think that they have developed the equivalent of a G.P.S. system in their brains.

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Genes or Culture?

People from different cultures use their brains differently to solve the same tasks. This could explain things like why, in Western cultures anyway, blind tasting tests have shown that, to most people, more expensive wine actually TASTES better.

In BBC News, Kathryn Westcott reports that when researchers asked 21 volunteers to try...

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The Curry Cure for Your Brain

It's more important than ever to watch what you eat. We've told you about red wine medicine and have already written about the curry cure. Now researchers have isolated the active ingredient in turmeric root that may help boost the immune system in clearing amyloid beta, which forms the plaques found in Alzheimer's disease. Other research has...

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Learn to Think Like a Rat

Researchers have learned that rats are capable of complex, human-like thinking and planning and that when they dream, they "replay" the day's events in their minds, like a movie?something humans do too.

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YOU Can Be Part of a Mind-Over-Matter Project TODAY

Maybe just one good thought is all it takes to change the world. On Saturday, March 24 at 10 am Pacific time, tens of thousands of volunteers from around the world will participate in a series of web-based experiments, which will form the largest mind-over-matter study in history. Lynne McTaggart, author of The Intention Experiment, was on our...

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Can We Spot Terrorists BEFORE They Strike?

In a German research facility, researcher John-Dylan Haynes is reading the minds of volunteers with an MRI machine. He is scanning their brains while they make simple decisions, such as whether or not to add or subtract two numbers. The goal is to be able to figure out what decision they are going to make BEFORE they make it.

Scientists...

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Groupthink

The traditional US business model is to get together with co-workers and kick ideas around, but it turns out that geniuses work alone.

New research shows that people have a harder time coming up with alternative solutions to a problem when they're with a group than when they're alone. Researchers demonstrated this by offering...

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Dalai Lama Brain Science

In the January 19 edition of the Wall Street Journal, Sharon Begley, author of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Power to Transform Ourselves, describes how the Dalai Lama is working with neurologists to try to answer the question of how the mind shapes the brain.

Neurologists know that the...

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Famous (and Ominous) Mind Study

In 1961, Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram discovered that ordinary people would give deadly electric shocks to people they didn't know, despite the fact that they could hear their screams, if they were directed to do so by "authority figures." The people telling them to do this were fake, and so were their victims? screams, but the...
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Laughter is Catching

Scientists who have studied primates in the wild have learned that yawning is "catching." Now researchers think that laughter is catching too.

In LiveScience.com, Andrea Thompson quotes neuroscientist Sophie Scott as saying, "We've known for some time that when we are talking to someone, we often mirror their behavior, copying the words...

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When Your Senses Get Crossed

Synesthesia is the name of a condition in which your senses get crossed up and you see colors when listening to music or taste things while viewing shapes or words. It sounds like a problem you'd want solved, but many people with this condition wouldn't trade it for anything.

In LiveScience.com, Ker Than quotes UK researcher Julia Simner...

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How the Ancients Got High

Five years ago we posted a story about how the ancient prophets at Delphi in Greece may have been high on natural gas. Now scientists think that the culprit may have been carbon dioxide. Does this mean that the increasing levels of CO2 in OUR atmosphere will produce widespread wisdom? We certainly may need it in the future.

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Does Breast Feeding Make Kids Smarter?

Scientists have been studying this question for over 70 years, but they still don't know the answer. They do know it makes them healthier, and makes their mothers healthier as well, since it protects against breast cancer.

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Music in the Brain

Children with Williams syndrome, a rare form of autism, love music and will spend hours listening to it. This is further evidence that the ability to compose and appreciate music lies in one specific portion of the brain. We already know that the ability to recognize other people and read a watch take place in specific parts of the brain....

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Brain Breakthrough

New technology is allowing people who are paralyzed, due to accidents or to diseases like ALS (the condition that quantum physicist Stephen Hawking has), to operate computers using only their brains. A fourteen-year-old boy with epilepsy has learned to play Space Invaders using only brain signals. And new breakthrough in stem cell research...

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