An Existential Crisis in Neuroscience On a chilly evening last fall, I stared into nothingness out of the floor-to-ceiling windows in my office on the outskirts of Harvard’s campus. As a purplish-red sun set, I sat brooding over my dataset … Continue reading Understanding the brain
Ooh là là! Music evokes 13 key emotions. Scientists have mapped them The “Star-Spangled Banner” stirs pride. Ed Sheeran’s “The Shape of You” sparks joy. And “ooh là là!” best sums up the seductive power of George Michael’s “Careless Whispers. … Continue reading Music and emotions
To Help Fidgety Kids, Researchers Made a Brain Scanner That Fits in a Bike Helmet A simple bike helmet may be the answer for researchers looking to study the brains of fidgety kids. With a few extra holes drilled in … Continue reading Fmri for kids
‘Outlandish’ competition seeks the brain’s source of consciousness Brain scientists can watch neurons fire and communicate. They can map how brain regions light up during sensation, decision-making, and speech. What they can’t explain is how all this activity gives rise … Continue reading Does consciousness exist?
Left-Handed People Are Being Unnecessarily Excluded From Neuroimaging Research, Study Finds In a world made for right-handed people, life can sometimes be frustrating if you are among the 10% or so who are “adextral” — that is, left-handed or ambidextrous. … Continue reading Atypical lateralisation
The Human Brain Project Hasn’t Lived Up to Its Promise On July 22, 2009, the neuroscientist Henry Markram walked onstage at the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford, England, and told the audience that he was going to simulate the human brain, … Continue reading Neurons and the system
Researchers Have Identified An Area of The Dog Brain Dedicated To Processing Human Faces If you want to know about the special relationship between human and canine you need only watch a dog owner slavishly feed, cuddle and clean up … Continue reading Do dogs recognize you?