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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.


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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, 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, 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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More Dalai Lama Science

Researcher Kevin Tracy has discovered a key mind/body link which explains why meditation and biofeedback works?why you can sometimes "think" yourself to health. He recently gave a paper on his discoveries at a conference honoring the Dalai Lama.

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Hearing a Voice in Your Head

People who hear voices in their heads are considered to be schizophrenics, despite the fact that many UFO witnesses hear the visitors speak to them that way and psychiatrist and UFO researcher John Mack proved that these people WERE NOT mentally ill.

Andrea Thompson writes in that scientists now think that hearing...

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We Decide Who to Trust in Less Than a Second

We make one of the most important decisions of our lives?whether or not to trust another person?in less than one second. Psychologist Alex Todorov flashed photographs to 200 volunteers for one second?and sometimes even LESS, and asked them to rate how trustworthy each face was. Even if they were given more time, their original, "snap" judgement...

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An Apple a Day is Brain Food

Apples and apple juice may be among the best foods that people of EVERY age can consume, according to new research. Apple products can help boost brain function in ways similar to medication (however, it should be noted that this study was sponsored by the U.S. Apple Association).

Animal research shows that drinking apple juice may...

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How to Watch Sports: Connect the Dots

One reason why it's so dangerous to drive while using a cell phone is that, according to psychologist Justin Halberda,"human beings are limited to paying attention to no more than three objects at any one time." It's the reason why we could never make sense out of watching sports, like the World Cup, if the players weren't all wearing the same...

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When Your Brain is at War

The old joke about how a woman can't have sex because she has a headache has some truth to it: our brains continually wage war within themselves over which thought?or impulse?will "win" and get our full attention and action. Creative people who want to use their intuitive, unconscious minds often write or paint while listening to music or even...

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UPDATE: Brain Parasites?You May Have Them

Half the people in the world have brains that are infected with Toxoplasma parasites. The eggs of this parasite live in the guts of cats until the parasites hatch and make their way up to the cat's brain. Are they dangerous? They can be, but in very subtle ways.

Bill Christensen writes in that at first scientists didn't...

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Greatest Hits May Cause Great Damage

Drugs and music seem to go together naturally, but if you take Ecstasy while listening to loud music, you may get permanent brain damage. Is there a scientific way to predict which songs will be hits? Scientists have tried to find a method to do this for movies, now they want to find a scientific method that will help create hit songs. Will...

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Mind Tricks

The New York Times recently interviewed professional baseball players, who all said that when they're on a hitting streak, the baseball looks the size of a grapefruit, but when they're doing badly, it looks about the size of an ant. The mind controls all sorts of things, including how we see ourselves and our bodies.

Whether you feel...

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Stomach Polygraph

Newswise - Recent studies have suggested that we have a "second brain" in our intestines, which means that our guts get all twisted up when we're under stress, because they "worry," just like our brains do. Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) know this well. It turns out that not only do our intestines worry, our...

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Why Rubbernecking is Dangerous

Newswise - If you slow down to peer at an auto accident, you may be unable to avoid having an accident yourself for a few seconds afterwards, since you momentarily become deaf and blind. The same thing happens when you watch pornography on TV?you may not see or hear your partner for a few seconds after an erotic scene.


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How to Use Your Brain Better

Why do we make bad choices, when we "know better?" We see rain clouds in the sky but we don't take an umbrella to work. More seriously, we marry someone who's an alcoholic or drug addict, even though we know it's a mistake. Acknowledged killers who have murdered their wives and are on death row get large numbers of marriage proposals...
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Marijuana is Brain Food

Scientists have discovered that marijuana doesn?t just get you "high," it actually stimulates brain growth. They want to find a way to use it to treat anxiety and depression, since some scientists believe that depression can begin when too few new brain cells are grown in the hippocampus. It may eventually be used as part of a program to treat...

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Our Brains are Still Getting Bigger

The human brain is still evolving and becoming larger, according to researchers who have analyzed two genes that regulate brain size. These genes, associated with larger brain size, appeared at about the same times as the emergence of culture, agriculture, and written language in human populations. On the other hand, researchers have also...

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Alphabet Song Can Teach Anyone to Read?Even Autistics

Newswise - Ancient, preliterate cultures kept their legends and traditions alive with the use of memorization. Many lengthy poems and epics that were eventually written down, such as the works of Homer in ancient Greece, were memorized first. Scholars think that many parts of the Bible were kept in memory for a considerable...

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Tough Winter Coming: Your Brain Will Shrink

Climatologists say that recent sea surface temperatures are a close match to conditions prior to the winter of 1995-6 which had incredibly harsh weather. Scientists now know that our brains actually shrink in the winter. Since this will be a cold one, be prepared.

In the US, the winter of ?95-96 produced powerful wind and ice storms, a...

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