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Sand Pile Model of the Mind Grows in Popularity

Support is growing for a decades-old physics idea suggesting that localized episodes of disordered brain activity help keep the overall system in healthy balance

April 7, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette and Quanta Magazine

How Do We See? - Brain Basics #2

Vision is so central our everyday existence that we often take it for granted. In this episode of Brain Basics we explore the basic mechanisms underlying our ability to see.

April 4, 2014

How Lil Wayne the NYC Octopus Will Help Scientists Understand the Brain

BROOKLYN--It wasn’t hard to name Lil Wayne. He actually volunteered to take the rapper’s moniker. On April 2, Frank Grasso, director of the Biomemetic and Cognitive Robotics Lab at Brooklyn College, showed me around his lab spaces--from where they build mobile robots to where they keep their axolotls and fiddler crabs to the crown jewel: [...]..

April 3, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

The Emotional Blindness of Alexithymia

Sometimes I work with children and adults who can't put words to their feelings and thoughts. It's not that they don't want to - it's more that they don't know how.

April 3, 2014 — Deborah Serani

How do YOU Visualize the Brain?

Here at Scientific American, we develop lots of infographics about the brain. From classic neural pathway diagrams, depictions of medical breakthroughs, and maps of the brain’s genetic activity, there are as many solutions for visualizing the brain as there are questions about how it works...

April 2, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

How We Retrieve Memories - Brain Basics #1

Have you ever had a moment of temporary amnesia when you can't recall a certain word or someone's name? That's because your brain wasn't able to re-create the pattern of activity that occurred when the memory was stored...

March 28, 2014

Are You Mentally Tough?

Forty seconds before round two, and I'm lying on my back trying to breathe. Pain all through me. Deep breath. Let it go. I won't be able to lift my shoulder tomorrow, it won't heal for over a year, but now it pulses, alive, and I feel the air vibrating around me, the stadium shaking [...]..

March 19, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

How Science Mimics Faith

People may use trust in science as others use religious faith to cope with life's uncertainties

March 17, 2014 — Tori Rodriguez
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