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19th Century Neuroimaging Experiment Manuscripts Found

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Mosso's 19th century experiments in cerebral blood flow dynamics found and reproduced. It’s a great time to be a neuroimaging researcher,... Read More


5 Facts Explain Why We Love Music

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Scientific evidence on why music is of such high value across all human societies. “Without music, life would be a mistake”, Frie... Read More


Invisible Cure For TBI: Good News For NFL And US Army?

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Researchers find new approaches to address TBI using network analysis theory. I follow a lot of sports and politics - in print, on social m... Read More


Just A Blood Test Is Enough to Detect Dementia

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New effective method to detect future Alzheimer’s patients. In a recent research published online in the journal Nature Medicine, sci... Read More


Read Novels And Become A Better Person

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Reading fiction may improve your brain function. Reading novels is passé. On the internet vast amounts of information are available ... Read More


4 Strange Facts About Tickling

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Being ticklish as the brain's response to danger. Being tickled is a rather weird phenomenon. Why can we not tickle ourselves, for exam... Read More


Is It Better To Be A Morning Person?

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Different sleeping habits: where they come from and what they do. Always get an energy boost after your after dinner dip? Or are you that ... Read More


Humans Will Tolerate Tyranny So Long As They Feel Safe

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Well-known human pyschology experiments prove it. Think you’d recognize tyranny – like fascism, communism, or dictatorship – if it tr... Read More


At Night People Are More Likely To Lie and Cheat

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The exhaustion of a normal day decreases your capacity for self-control. Why do good people do bad things? That's the question research... Read More


Coffee Improves Memory: Just A Load Of Froth?

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A new study claims caffeine enhances long-term memory. Caffeine is the world’s most used drug with 90% of us consuming it on a daily ... Read More


Erasing Long Term Memories: Scientists Finally Did It

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50 years ago many scientists thought it was impossible. A research group guided by Marijn Kroes from Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen deve... Read More


4 Tips To Stick To Your Resolutions

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New year, new start, new you. Why is it easier said than done? Resolutions, shmesolutions. We have all tried to re-invent ourselves, bu... Read More


Try Something For 30 Days Instead Of A Whole Year

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Try that thing you always wanted to do. Just for a month. Matt Cutts is experienced in this and sees a lot of advantages. In this snack... Read More


Gender Differences in the Brain Explain Behaviour, Truth or Delusion?

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An over-hyped study claims brain differences underlie gender-specific behaviours. You have most likely already heard of this study if y... Read More


Brain Scans in the Classroom: The Future of Neuroscience

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 Three applications of neuroimaging you didn’t know of. Neuroimaging techniques have been widely used to study the brain as well as for ... Read More


4 Beneficial Effects Of Physical Exercise On The Brain

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How sports can increase cognitive abilities and prevent depression. It is well known that regular physical exercise (PE) improves healt... Read More


Biology of Love: Are We Made To Live Happily Ever After?

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Research suggest that humans are serial monogamists. While we learn from songs, movies and fairy tales that life is all about finding the p... Read More


Does Modern Life Make Us Less Rational?

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Isolated hunter-gatherers act more rational than western consumers.  If you give a Westerner one of two items randomly and then ask ... Read More


5 Truths And Lies About Your Brain

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New research (dis!)proves popular brain claims. We have heard a lot about how the brain is such a marvelous organ, how it directs and c... Read More


Now Revealed: The Female Brain Versus The Male Brain

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Six critical notes on the current sex/gender research. According to the dominant ‘hardwiring’ paradigm of sex/gender research in co... Read More


Collective Self-Esteem Predicts Depression

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Can a positive attitude towards our group make us feel less depressed? How people feel about themselves and the social group they belon... Read More


How Reliable Are Neuroimages?

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What you didn't know about neuroimaging techniques yet. Because of neuroscience, we are confronted with more and more pictures of brain... Read More


Predicting Who Will Publish or Perish as Career Academics

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[caption id="attachment_47162" align="aligncenter" width="668"] Publishing a peer-reviewed paper isn’t easy, but new research confirms it... Read More


Don’t Be Impressed By Other People’s Skills Or Knowledge

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You would definitely want to be the red line. It is one of professor John Kennedy Ousterhout's 'thoughts for the weekend' that he gave ... Read More


Aggression, Danger, Love, Taste: What Red Does to Your Head

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The colour red influences us in different, sometimes even contradictory, ways. Colour is an extraordinary motivator. We sensibly cautio... Read More


We Remember a Tune Better When It’s Sung

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We remember the sung tunes we heard sung  better than those played on an instrument. Humans are remarkably talented musicians. We can ... Read More


Infants Give a Helping Hand, Even When You Look Like an Egg

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Babies are kind little creatures, new research suggests.  A baby’s first year of life is all take and very little give. “Change my... Read More


Mammals, Machines and Mind Games. Who’s the Smartest?

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We may not know it, but psychometrics has shaped the way we understand intelligence. We’re all familiar with the idea of an IQ test, an... Read More


Are You Bilingual? Then You Probably Have More Mental Flexibility

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Constantly switching languages strengthens your mental muscle. It seems that bilingual speakers not only have the benefit of speaking t... Read More


Study Links a Gap Year to Better University Grades

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Gap years help students gain better grades and skills. Students who take gap years are more successful in their university studies than... Read More


Good to Know: Big Losses Only Shortly Influence Happiness

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People return to basic level of life satisfaction relatively soon. For all the people that just lost a loved one, those that got fired ... Read More


Chill Out: Disturbed Sleep Plays Havoc with Your Mood and Mind

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Chronic lack of sleep has serious public health implications. A poll by Lifeline released in July shows almost two-thirds of Australian... Read More


Influencing Others: 6 Reasons Why People Say Yes

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Six psychological ways to sell, or refuse salesmen. It is nice to get people to do stuff you like. And luckily, just by hanging out wit... Read More


Youngsters Learn More From Good News than Dire Warnings

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Many children and teenagers see themselves as immune to the risk of accidents and injury. Now, new research suggests that pointing out ... Read More


Explainer: What is Dreaming?

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What is dreaming? What does science say? And what mysteries remain? For most of human history, dreaming has been seen as a second “re... Read More


How to Quit Smoking: Meditation and Its Effects on Self-Control

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This technique produces the desired effects in only a few hours of practice. Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT) is a meditation techni... Read More