It’s been an awe-inspiring few years for neuroscience.
By peering inside the living brain, neuroscientists have made all kinds of incredible discoveries.
Here are ten of my favourite–click the title to get the full story.
A new study on the brains of 949 young people found striking gender differences in the brain’s connectivity between males and females. These may help explain some of the classic psychological differences between men and women.
A new study published in the prestigious journal, Science, found that the brain may wash away toxins built up over the day during sleep.
The research discovered “hidden caves” inside the brain, which open up during sleep, allowing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to flush out potential neurotoxins, like β-amyloid, which has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Evidence from over 1,000 fMRI brain scans finds no evidence people are ‘right-brained’ or ‘left-brained’.
Those who were confirmed night owls (preferring late to bed and late to rise) were found to have lower integrity of the white matter in various areas of the brain.
Lower integrity in these areas has been linked to depression and cognitive instability.
Imagine if it were possible for one person to control another person’s movements over the internet, purely using their thoughts.
Well, researchers at the University of Washington have managed to set up the first ever noninvasive human-to-human brain interface.
Pilot study finds mood of chronic pain patients is boosted by left-field use of ultrasound machine. Could it work for all of us?
Contrary to the old ‘sticks and stones’ saying, it seems words can and do hurt, and the brain responds accordingly.
A new study has found that the body produces natural painkillers in response to social rejection, just as if it had suffered a physical injury.
Every day, when you open your eyes in the morning, there is a huge flood of visual information from the external world into your mind.
Your brain edits this flood down to a trickle of things that are highly relevant: Where is the dressing-gown? Where is the curtain? Where is the door?
Childhood stress and poverty linked to problems regulating the emotions in adulthood, according to a recent study.
Without empathy, human beings are lonely, disconnected creatures.
And recent neuroscientific studies now demonstrate the enormous human capacity for empathy in the living mind.
About the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks:
- Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion
- The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic
- Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
- Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
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