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How the Mind Emerges from the Brain's Complex Networks  
Neuroscience

How the Mind Emerges from the Brain's Complex Networks  

The new discipline of network neuroscience yields a picture of how mental activity arises from carefully orchestrated interactions among different brain areas

By Max Bertolero and Danielle S. Bassett
How to Make a Consciousness Meter
Cognition

How to Make a Consciousness Meter

Zapping the brain with magnetic pulses while measuring its electrical activity is proving to be a reliable way to detect consciousness

By Christof Koch
Can Lab-Grown Brains Become Conscious?
Cognition

Can Lab-Grown Brains Become Conscious?

A handful of experiments are raising questions about whether clumps of cells and disembodied brains could be sentient and how scientists would know if they were

By Sara Reardon and Nature magazine
Electrodes That Stimulate the Brain Reveal the Roots of Conscious Experience
Neuroscience

Electrodes That Stimulate the Brain Reveal the Roots of Conscious Experience

Applying electric currents reveals the function of varying brain regions and helps to alleviate neurological disorders

By Christof Koch
The Neuroscience of Reality
Behavior

The Neuroscience of Reality

Reality is constructed by the brain, and no two brains are exactly alike

By Anil K. Seth
Why We Have Free Will
Behavior

Why We Have Free Will

Neurons fire in your head before you become aware that you have made a decision. But this discovery does not mean you are a “biochemical puppet”

By Eddy Nahmias
The Brain Learns in Unexpected Ways
Cognition

The Brain Learns in Unexpected Ways

White matter, the insulation around our neural wiring, plays a critical role in acquiring knowledge 

By R. Douglas Fields
In Search of the Brain's Social Road Maps
Neuroscience

In Search of the Brain's Social Road Maps

Neural circuits that track our whereabouts in space and time may also play vital roles in determining how we relate to other people

By Matthew Schafer and Daniela Schiller
How the Brain Reads Faces
Neuroscience

How the Brain Reads Faces

Brain regions that process faces reveal deep insights into the neural mechanisms of vision

By Doris Y. Tsao
The Search for Social Identity Leads to 'Us' versus 'Them'
Behavior

The Search for Social Identity Leads to 'Us' versus 'Them'

Uncertainty in the world threatens our sense of self. To cope, people embrace populism

By Michael A. Hogg
Machines That Translate Wants into Actions  
Neuroscience

Machines That Translate Wants into Actions  

A new generation of brain-machine interfaces can deduce what a person wants

By Richard A. Andersen
The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing Our Dreams
Behavior

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing Our Dreams

Anxiety about social distancing and infection is altering how much we dream and the nature of our dreams themselves

By Tore Nielsen
You Really Can Learn in Your Sleep
Cognition

You Really Can Learn in Your Sleep

Experimental techniques demonstrate how to strengthen memories when our brains are off-line

By Ken A. Paller and Delphine Oudiette
People Answer Scientists' Queries in Real Time while Dreaming
Neuroscience

People Answer Scientists' Queries in Real Time while Dreaming

Researchers demonstrate that during REM sleep, people can hear—and respond to—simple questions such as “What is eight minus six?”

By Diana Kwon
Decoding a Disorder at the Interface of Mind and Brain
Neuroscience

Decoding a Disorder at the Interface of Mind and Brain

A mysterious condition once dismissed as hysteria is challenging the divide between neurology and psychiatry

By Diana Kwon
Mania May Be a Mental Illness in Its Own Right
Mental Health

Mania May Be a Mental Illness in Its Own Right

Hundreds of thousands of people experience mania without ever getting depressed. Why does psychiatry insist on calling them bipolar?

By Simon Makin
The Link Between Delirium and Dementia
Neurology

The Link Between Delirium and Dementia

Delirium is very common on COVID wards. Researchers are testing whether these temporary bouts of confusion could bring on permanent cognitive decline

By Carrie Arnold and Nature magazine
A Renaissance for Psychedelics Could Fill a Long-Standing Treatment Gap for Psychiatric Disorders
Mental Health

A Renaissance for Psychedelics Could Fill a Long-Standing Treatment Gap for Psychiatric Disorders

Psilocybin and MDMA represent a first wave of therapies that help patients by changing the way they view reality

By Danielle Schlosser and Thomas R. Insel
Does Consciousness Pervade the Universe?
Cognition

Does Consciousness Pervade the Universe?

Philosopher Philip Goff answers questions about “panpsychism”

By Gareth Cook

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    Mind from Matter

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    How Do I Know I'm Not the Only Conscious Being in the Universe?

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