Brain

I highly doubt that reading this post will do too much to you, but new research shows that reading novels definitely does change your brain with lingering effects. Carol Clark-Emory reports for…



Via Wired, neuroscientist Christof Koch argues that there are consciousnesses that exist outside of biological entities: Consciousness arises within any sufficiently complex, information-processing system. All animals, from humans on down to earthworms,…


Via ScienceDaily: University of Arizona doctoral degree candidate Jay Sanguinetti has authored a new study, published online in the journal Psychological Science, that indicates that the brain processes and understands visual input…








Michael Graziano, professor of neuroscience at Princeton University and author of Consciousness and the Social Brain, thinks neuroscience has discovered how consciousness comes about. He explains at Aeon: Scientific talks can get…









Our brains are being reprogrammed — literally. And not for the better, but droolingly bad. A “detriment to cognition, concentration, contemplation and psychological health,” causing “structural abnormalities in gray matter” to the…







Via Gizmodo, you can now truly see someone thinking:

A team of Japanese researchers has captured, for the first time ever, a movie which shows how thoughts form in the brain. OK, so it’s a thought forming in the brain of a zebrafish. But this is a fundamental leap forward in our understanding of how brains work.

The researchers used a new technique to record the footage: a super-sensitive fluorescent probe that detects neuron activity. We see neurons glowing when they’re active—and the cascade of light you see in this video is the neuronal response of a zebrafish responding to the presence of its prey.