Neuroscience

Brain Performance Not Affected By Menstrual Cycle

Men who worry that women may not make the right decisions during a menstrual cycle, and women who claim biology is a valid excuse for being a jerk, you're both out of luck. An examination of three aspects of cognition across two menstrual cycles found ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 7 2017 - 7:37am

Childhood Obesity May Be A Psychological Disorder

Researchers looked at frequency magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) images to compare neural responses to food cues in overweight and normal weight adolescents. They noted that food stimuli activated regions of the brain associated with reward and emotion i ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 22 2017 - 12:17pm

Brain-Computer Interface Turns Thoughts Into A Musical Score

Brain-computer interfaces can replace bodily functions to a certain degree and now they can even compose music. At least in a sense. Derived from an established brain-computer interface method which mainly serves to spell- more accurately- write, a team w ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 11 2017 - 3:11pm

Does Your Brain Naturally Feel God? Temp Lobe Feel Of Person Presence & Evolved Religion

There is an area close to the left ear, in the ‘temporal lobe’, that, when stimulated via strong magnetic fields, triggers religious feelings, visions of bright lights at the end of a tunnel, and, at a certain frequency, the feeling of the presence of some ...

Article - Sascha Vongehr - Dec 5 2017 - 11:52pm

Alpha Zero Teaches Itself Chess 4 Hours, Then Beats Dad

Peter Heine Nielsen, a Danish chess Grandmaster, summarized it quite well. "I always wondered, if some superior alien race came to Earth, how they would play chess. Now I know". The architecture that beat humans at the notoriously CPU-impervious ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Dec 7 2017 - 8:31am

Trepanation: Sometimes You Needed A Hole In The Head- And Incans Were Really Good At It

For thousands of years, trepanation--the act of scraping, cutting, or drilling an opening into the cranium--was practiced around the world, primarily to treat head trauma but also for headaches, seizures and mental illnesses. Sometimes it was even done to ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 10 2018 - 12:48pm

When Is It Sexual Harassment? When It's Written By A Man

An experimental study which sought to determine perceptions of sexual text (sext) messaging situations concluded that men and women were judged differently by the sext messages they sent, even when they were the same. When messages were unsolicited, men we ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 15 2018 - 8:16am

Dopamine Discovery May Bring Freedom From Irrational Fear

Fear is a healthy response, kept intact over eons of evolution, but sometimes it can be irrational. A new brain circuit discovery may help make sense of the madness. The study details the role of dopamine in ensuring that rats stop being afraid when there ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 10 2018 - 2:22pm

Why Pot Gives You The Munchies Identified In Animal Studies

It's no secret that marijuana usage leads to hunger, it even has a colloquial name- "the munchies." But understanding the neuroscience of that that could also help people who lose their appetites during illness.  ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 17 2018 - 11:01am

Your First Memory May Not Be Real

Neuroscientists believe that people's earliest memories date from around three to three-and-a-half years of age but many people report memories much earlier than that. It's likely just as fake as claims of repressed memories from the 1980s.  At ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 19 2018 - 11:00am