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
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.
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: [...]..
Scientists can use the map to figure out how developmental disorders like autism first begin
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.
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...
New genome sequencing recommendation will enable patients to opt out of testing
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...
// Editor’s note: Brain Basics from Scientific American Mind is a series of short video primers on the brain and how we feel, think and act.
Despite what some critics say, brain imaging holds plenty of promise for real solutions to treating mental disorders
The first detailed maps of what our genes are doing inside our brains show how very different we are from mice and challenge a long-held theory of how our gray matter works
Scientists are charting the paths of individual neurons as well as the activity of individual genes
Based on humans' ability to discriminate between various close odors, researchers calculate that the average person can distinguish at least a trillion smells. Cynthia Graber reports
One of the tragedies of aging is the slow but steady decline in memory. Phone numbers slipping your mind? Forgetting crucial items on your grocery list?
Long-term recordings of neural activity may help researchers understand the roots of depression and OCD
Researchers aim to detect Alzheimer symptoms long before they appear by tweaking an existing medical tool to sleuth out misfolded proteins linked with the illness
How the brain leads us to believe false truths
The U.S. BRAIN Initiative and European Human Brain Project research programs will begin collaborating later this year
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 [...]..
People may use trust in science as others use religious faith to cope with life's uncertainties