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Stimulating the Brain

Activating the brain's circuitry with pulsed magnetic fields may help ease depression, enhance cognition, even fight fatigue

By Mark S. George
Ultimate Self-Improvement
The Sciences

Ultimate Self-Improvement

The brain is still an enigma. But that won't stop us from trying to enhance mental functioning

By Gary Stix

Brain, Repair Yourself

How do you fix a broken brain? The answers may literally lie within our heads. The same approaches might also boost the power of an already healthy brain

By Fred H. Gage

The Quest for a Smart Pill

New drugs to improve memory and cognitive performance in impaired individuals are under intensive study. Their possible use in healthy people already triggers debate

By Stephen S. Hall

Mind Readers

Brain-scanning machines may soon be capable of discerning rudimentary thoughts and separating fact from fiction

By Philip Ross

Diagnosing Disorders

Psychiatric illnesses are often hard to recognize, but genetic testing and neuroimaging could someday be used to improve detection

By Steven E. Hyman

The Mutable Brain

Score one for believers in the adage "Use it or lose it." Targeted mental and physical exercises seem to improve the brain in unexpected ways

By Marguerite Holloway

Is Better Best?

A noted ethicist argues in favor of brain enhancement

By Arthur L. Caplan
Taming Stress
Mental Health

Taming Stress

New insights into the neurology of anxiety and depression—and how stress feeds them

By Robert M. Sapolsky


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  • Reviving Retinas

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  • Recommended

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  • Skeptic

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  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

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  • Brief Points: September 2003

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    Missing Hiker

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    Friable Flowers

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  • Departments

    Fuzzy Logic

  • Insights

    A Biomedical Politician

  • Ask the Experts

    Ask the Experts: September 2003

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