A newly identified circuit connecting the cerebellum to the brain’s reward centers in mice could help scientists understand autism and addiction
The Mona Lisa effect is the illusion that the subject of a painting follows you with her gaze, despite where you stand. But da Vinci's famous painting doesn't have that quality. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Scientific American assistant news editor, Tanya Lewis, and collections editor, Andrea Gawrylewski, take a deeper look at two short articles from the Advances news section of the December issue, on counterfeit whiskeys and the effect of real ecstasy...on octopuses.
Anti-seizure medication doesn’t work in every person with epilepsy. But a treatment option is emerging that would spare the need for brain surgery.
Bariatric procedures are revealing new insights into the dialogue between bowel and brain
Ghrelin, the hormone that makes you hungry, also makes food, and food smells, irresistibly appealing. Karen Hopkin reports.
A particular set of brain neurons may be behind registering itch and inducing us to scratch.
Freud’s notion of a dark, libidinous unconscious is obsolete. A new theory holds that the brain produces a continuous stream of unconscious predictions
A machine learning algorithm uses EEG traces to find a patient’s odds of waking
Enormous genomic analysis yields tantalizing insights into mechanisms behind conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
The exceedingly strange story of learning, memory and the “Arc” gene
A surprising way that diet leads risks of stroke and cognitive impairment
A dispute at a big neuroscience meeting erupts over whether the field needs new thinking about the way clusters of neurons process information
Studies of patients with unusual neurological conditions reveal brain networks that contribute to feelings of agency
The drowsiness we experience after a hearty Thanksgiving meal is usually blamed on the amino acid tryptophan, which turkey supposedly has an extra helping of. Or does it? Scientific American editor Ferris Jabr investigates.
Experts increasingly think a system that could help paralyzed patients is within reach
A man in his 50s is the first of seven patients to receive the experimental therapy
The way memories are anchored in the brain plays a role, neuropsychologist Boris Suchan explains
Grunya Sukhareva characterized autism nearly two decades before Austrian doctors Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger
Prolonged social isolation can do severe, long-lasting damage to the brain