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      June 12, 2014Guest Blog

      What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?

      As you read this, wiggle your toes. Feel the way they push against your shoes, and the weight of your feet on the floor. Really think about what your feet feel like right now - their heaviness...
      September 3, 2009Mind

      Can fearful memories be erased?

      In the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind , Joel and Clementine's relationship ends so sourly that the couple elects to have their mutual memories swept away via a non-surgical procedure called "targeted memory erasure." No such tool actually exists...
      September 1, 2010Mind

      You Must Remember This: What Makes Something Memorable?

      What stays with us, and what we forget, depends in part on how well our neurons keep time
      February 1, 2006Mind

      The Devil You Know

      April 1, 2007

      Addicted to Food?

      What drives people, against their better judgment, to eat more food than they need? Scientists look to the brain for answers
      June 26, 2012Mind

      How the Brain Views Race

      Research on the link between implicit race preference and brain activity could be used to prevent unintended consequences of race bias
      August 17, 2011Mind

      How the Brain Remembers 9/11

      When the first plane hit, I was literally shaken out of the shower. What was that? I remember the precise look on my roommate's face when I walked into the living room of the tiny tenement-style apartment we shared on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, about a mile from the World Trade Center: a mix of bewilderment, disbelief, and only a touch of the sarcastic smirk he typically wore...
      January 16, 2015Cross-Check

      What Is “Ironic Science”?

      I was scanning my Twitter feed recently, pretending to look for “news” while really searching, as usual, for items that praise, condemn or merely allude to me—I mean, let’s face it, all of us social-media addicts are narcissists–when the bells in my amygdala started clanging...
      November 1, 2009Mind

      Why the #! Do We Swear?

      Expletives may not only be an expression of agony but also a means to alleviate it
      June 1, 1994Mind

      Emotion, Memory and the Brain

      The neural routes underlying the formation of memories about primitive emotional experiences, such as fear, have been traced
      November 1, 2011Mind

      City Living Can Heighten Social Stress

      Urban dwellers are more likely to have overactive emotional centers in the brain
      July 11, 2008Mind

      Who's afraid? Not these brain cells

      Rutgers University researchers have found brain cells responsible for helping people overcome fear of things they once found scary. The finding, published in Nature , could pave the way for these so-called intercalated cells in the amygdala, a brain region that processes fear, to become drug targets for treating phobias (such as fear of heights and closed spaces) as well as post-traumatic stress disorder in soldiers and others...
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