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Browse: Low Blood Sugar in Newborns Linked to Later Difficulties Browse: Electromagnetic Stimulation Reorganises Brain
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Feature: Scanning for Empathy
From the reassuring psychologist to the panicked parent, we experience empathy for others in different ways. Brain scans have revealed why.
The enjoyment of music differs across dementia types.
Cover Story: The Language of Emotions in Music
Patients who have been diagnosed with dementia are helping scientists determine which areas in the brain are necessary for identifying emotions in music.
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Cover Story: Turn Down the Volume?
Does music help or hinder our concentration and memory?
We can tell not what are people thinking, but how people are thinking.
Feature: How the Marketers Stole My Brain
Emotions play a large part in our purchasing decisions, so marketers are using neurological methods to tailor advertising campaigns that influence our attitudes to brands.
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Feature: Data Caps Brain Cancer Concerns
Extensive health data records in New Zealand have revealed whether brain cancer rates have changed as a result of radiation emitted by mobile phones.
Feature: Brain Training: Show Me the Evidence!
Many computer-based brain-training programs promise to improve cognitive capacity and delay age-related issues such as Alzheimer’s disease, but how credible is the evidence behind these claims?
Browse: Nurture Immunises Against Addiction
Nurturing of infants could be a powerful factor in their propensity to addiction.
Browse: Brain Stimulation Solves Puzzle
Transcranial brain stimulation has enabled people to solve a puzzle they could not previously crack, offering the promise of a smarter future.
Browse: Blood Proteins Reveal Onset of Alzheimer’s
A selection of 11 proteins can collectively identify people with Alzheimer’s at a point where diagnosis is currently difficult, raising prospects for early intervention.
Browse: Computers Back-Up Old Brains
Computer use is associated with a reduced danger of dementia and cognitive decline among men aged 65–85, a Perth study has found.
Browse: Sugar Shrinks the Brain
High blood sugar levels, even within what is considered the normal range, can contribute to dementia, a study published in Neurology suggests.
Browse: Bigger brains could help us see better
Bigger brain areas could have evolved to help us perceive more, and more accurately, according to a new study published by scientists at the University of Bath.
conSCIENCE: Banking Living Brain Tissue
Australia needs a repository of living brain tissue to explore the next frontier of medical research.
Eureka!: Strange experiments and research findings
Facebook Boosting Grey Matter
Neuropsy: Consciousness Revealed
Can consciousness be detected by neuroimaging?
Neuropsy: To Sleep, Perchance to Clean the Brain
The restorative function of a night’s sleep may result from elimination of the day’s neurotoxins.
Neuropsy: The Man that Hath No Music in Himself
A study of people who don’t respond to music finds differences in the brain’s reward system.
Neuropsy: Knowing When to Fold ‘Em
The discovery that some brain injuries may eliminate the gambler’s fallacy could lead to pharmaceutical treatments for problem gambling.
Neuropsy: Rebooting the Brain
A study of recovery from anaesthesia finds that returning to consciousness is not a simple path.
Neuropsy: The Soul of Wit
Laughter may be the best medicine, but some jokers may be incurable.
Neuropsy: Personality Influenced by Brain Structure
Individual differences in personality have been associated with structural variation in the cortex.
Neuropsy: Watching the Detective
Studies of neural activity in viewers of Sherlock reveal how we connect story elements.
Up Close: Making nice: Julian Savulescu and the case for moral bioenhancement
Philosopher and bioethicist Julian Savulescu joins host Peter Mares for a conversation on the potential for moral bioenhancement through direct brain stimulation, pharmacology or genetics, and the ethical implications of such interventions.
Up Close: MRI: Window into the brain
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, has revolutionized modern medicine, allowing us to see detailed structure of the human brain. PhD students Charles Malpas and Bernd Merkel discuss their research into applying MRI as a tool to investigate diseased and healthy brains to help fine tune our understanding of how the brain works.
Up Close: Brain ever changing: Neuroplasticity and its role in mental health
Behavioural neuroscientist Prof Anthony Hannan gives a neuro-researcher’s view of the dynamic, bidirectional interplay of brain and body, and the protective and destructive implications for both our mental and physical health.
Up Close: Can't give it up: The science behind addiction and the brain
Behavioral neuroscientist Prof Andrew Lawrence discusses addictive and compulsive behaviors around drug and alcohol use, the power of psychological dependence, and how the brains of addicts differ from those of the rest of us.
Notice Board: HEALTH STUDY - Are brain training games effective?
PLay online games to help researchers determine the effectiveness of brain training programs.
Odd Spot: Bioethics for Halloween
Should zombies be euthanased?
Online Feature: Taking over from evolution: how technology could enhance humanity
Technology offers great possibility of enhancing human capacity.
Online Feature: Exercise and prosper: lessons about the brain from the bomb
New research proves that neurons are created throughout life in a critical part of the human hippocampus.
Online Feature: Scientists explore the mind with epigenomic maps
Comprehensive mapping of the human brain epigenome uncovers large-scale changes that take place during the formation of brain circuitry.
Feature: How half our brain keeps watch when we sleep in unfamiliar places
Poor sleep in an unfamiliar setting may be linked to an important function of the brain to protect the sleeper from potential danger.
Feature: A Scientist’s Defense of Free Will
Why scientists should not jump to the unwarranted conclusion that free will is just an illusion.