Elon Musk’s Pig-Brain Implant Is Still a Long Way from ‘Solving Paralysis’
His start-up Neuralink is not the first to develop a wireless brain implant. But the considerable resources behind the effort could help commercialize the technology faster
New Views of Our Mesmerizing, Maddening Minds
Warbler Species Fires Up Song Diversity
Hermit warblers in California have developed 35 different song dialects, apparently as a result of wildfires temporarily driving them out of certain areas.
Cracking the Neural Code with Phantom Smells
Scientists used light to evoke an odor directly in a mouse brain—no nose involved
Construction Process Builds Brain Circuits
A novel technique turns brain cells into circuit components
Paired Comparisons Could Mean Better Witness Identifications
Compared with traditional lineup techniques, a series of two-faces-at-a-time choices led to more accurate identification by study witnesses.
Neural Switch Flips on Aggression in Male Mice
A separate set of cells in the same region regulate sexual behavior
The Beautiful Things inside Your Head: Winners of the 10th Annual Art of Neuroscience Contest
The top works—and our favorites—range from interactive pieces to a pen-and-paper drawing
Cricket Avoids Being Bat Food by Doing Nothing
The sword-tailed cricket can discern bats’ echolocation signals by only responding to calls of a certain volume—at which point it plummets out of their approach.
Sparrow Song Undergoes Key Change
White-throated sparrows made a change to their familiar call that quickly spread across Canada.
How Human Brains Are Different: It Has a Lot to Do with the Connections
Different mammals demonstrate common patterns in brain connections. But our own species has a few twists of its own
Why Do Smells Trigger Memories?
Your sense of smell may be a better memory trigger than your sense of sight. Here's why a whiff of apple pie may instantly transport you home in your mind
Is Brain Stimulation the Key to Athletic Performance?
I wore a fancy set of headphones during every workout for two weeks to see if it could help me improve my cycling. And it worked (I think) through a concept called neuropriming
How Nature Helps Body and Soul
Journalist and author Florence Williams talks about her book The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative.
Can Mindfulness Ease Childbirth Pain? A Neuroscientist Says Yes
Is mindfulness helpful for women and their partners during childbirth? We talked with neuroscientist Emiliana Simon-Thomas from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center about the transformative practice of mindful body scan meditation...
Switch in Mouse Brain Induces a Deep Slumber Similar to Hibernation
If such a snooze button exists in humans, it could protect against strokes, heart attacks and trauma
Not the End of the Chase
The illusion game is still afoot
Music Synchronizes the Brains of Performers and Their Audience
The more people enjoy music, the more similar their brain activity is to that of the musician
Your Brain, Free Will and the Law
Stanford University neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky talks about human behavior, the penal system and the question of free will.