Neuroscience

When choosing your next move, your brain is always ready for plan B

When choosing your next move, your brain is always ready for plan B

Whether we're navigating a route to work or browsing produce at the grocery store, our brains are constantly making decisions about movement: Should I...
Your brain should be a bit anxious and a bit ADHD, Berkeley study shows

Your brain should be a bit anxious and a bit ADHD, Berkeley study shows

Is a wandering mind an unhappy mind? A new review of studies on spontaneous versus controlled thinking challenges that adage. The findings suggest that increased...
Bits of your brain go to sleep while you’re awake

Bits of your brain go to sleep while you’re awake

When we are in a deep slumber our brain’s activity ebbs and flows in big, obvious waves, like watching a tide of human bodies...
Brains of ‘supernormal’ seniors seem to resist damage

Brains of ‘supernormal’ seniors seem to resist damage

Scientists are studying a small group of older adults with excellent memories called “supernormals” to determine their risk for Alzheimer’s. They compared them to older...
Horror movie scenes help identify key brain circuits for processing fear

Horror movie scenes help identify key brain circuits for processing fear

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have identified a key neural pathway in humans that explains how the brain processes feelings of fear...
Sleepiness and fatigue might hurt the brain in cognitively normal elderly

Sleepiness and fatigue might hurt the brain in cognitively normal elderly

A new study found that normal older adults who experience excessive sleepiness during the day or significant fatigue may have more brain atrophy than...
Why powerful songs can give you goose bumps

Why powerful songs can give you goose bumps

When you have a strong emotional reaction to something—a song, a speech, a beautiful scene—and get goose bumps, experts say it’s simply a biological...
how the brain resets during sleep

How the brain resets during sleep?

Striking electron microscope pictures from inside the brains of mice suggest what happens in our own brain every day: Our synapses - the junctions...
How our brain hides (and gets back) scary memories

How our brain hides (and gets back) scary memories

Some stressful experiences—such as childhood abuse—are so overwhelming and traumatic that the memories hide in the brain. Those hidden memories may protect us from the...
New method of harvesting crowd wisdom

New method of harvesting crowd wisdom

The wisdom of crowds is not always perfect. But two scholars at MIT’s Sloan Neuroeconomics Lab, along with a colleague at Princeton University, have...