This Is Your Brain on Crosswords Let me tell you a tale of two grandfathers, Irv and Murray. For decades, Irv, an introverted, quiet, retired bartender and former military engineer, had the same morning routine: coffee and cream; a roll; … Continue reading Thinking inside the box
This Weird, Sound-Induced Illusion Makes You Feel That Your Finger Has Grown Longer Adults are vulnerable to all kinds of body illusions. We can be made to feel that a fake hand, or even a fake body, is our own; … Continue reading Body illusions
How The Brain Teases Apart A Song’s Words And Music A song fuses words and music. Yet the human brain can instantly separate a song’s lyrics from its melody. And now scientists think they know how this happens. A team … Continue reading Melody vs. lyrics
Why your brain is not a computer We are living through one of the greatest of scientific endeavours – the attempt to understand the most complex object in the universe, the brain. Scientists are accumulating vast amounts of data about … Continue reading Brains have no logic
Feelings: what’s the point of rational thought if emotions always take over? I have long sought to make radical changes to my life, such as leaving a toxic workplace and losing weight. Yet I never get around to it. I … Continue reading A world without feelings
Neuromodulation Is the Secret Sauce for This Adaptive, Fast-Learning AI As obstinate and frustrating as we are sometimes, humans in general are pretty flexible when it comes to learning—especially compared to AI. Our ability to adapt is deeply rooted within … Continue reading Modulation win
Have Humans Evolved Beyond Nature—and Do We Even Need It? Such is the extent of our dominion on Earth, that the answer to questions around whether we are still part of nature, and whether we even need some of it, … Continue reading Are we denatured animals?