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Feature: Does a Fly Know If It’s in Control?
What do the brain waves of a fly placed in a virtual reality arena tell us about self-awareness in animals?
Browse: Stomach Responds to Time of Day
Nerves in the stomach alter the amount we can eat without feeling full depending on the time of day.
Browse: 3D Cell Growth Opens New Path for Spinal Cord Repair
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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.
Cover Story: Botulism Paralysed
A new class of inhibitors could prevent infection by a neurotoxin classified as a Category A biological weapon.
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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Feature: Dead Hands and Phantoms
Recent studies have highlighted how central signals in the brain can change our sensation of the position and movement of joints, and how phantom limbs form when sensory information is lost.
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.
Browse: Wasp Gene Link to Autism, Schizophrenia
Genes believed to be implicated in autism and schizophrenia have been found in the sequencing of the genome of three species of parasitic wasp, indicating they are extraordinarily ancient and essential for animal survival.
Browse: Caucasians Struggle to Distinguish Asian Faces
Differences have been found in the way people of Asian origin process Caucasian faces and vice versa.
Browse: SIDS Linked to Asphyxiation
University of Adelaide researchers have found that telltale signs in the brains of babies that have died of SIDS are remarkably similar to those of children who died of accidental asphyxiation.
Browse: Scans Reveal Brain Changes in ADHD
Browse: Key Cause of Parkinson’s Disease Can Be Treated Browse: Neurons “Meta-Adapted” to Our Rowdy World
conSCIENCE: Banking Living Brain Tissue
Australia needs a repository of living brain tissue to explore the next frontier of medical research.
The Bitter Pill: An EEG Only Scratches the Surface of the Brain
Chiropractors claim that “functional neurology” can treat conditions ranging from epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease to autism and stroke, but the technology they use isn’t up to the task.
Naked Skeptic: School Daze
Is there any science behind the theory that a child’s visual, auditory or kinesthetic learning style should determine how they’re taught?
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: A Mote to Trouble the Mind’s Eye
The study of aphantasia offers a window into our ability to visualise.
Neuropsy: The Soul of Wit
Laughter may be the best medicine, but some jokers may be incurable.
Neuropsy: Childhood Trauma and the Developing Brain
A new study has identified the neurological basis for why some adolescents who have experienced childhood trauma are resilient while others are prone to mood disorders.
Neuropsy: The Man Who Mistook His Cat for a Spy
A new report describes a variant of Capgras syndrome in which a patient believed that his cat had been stolen by the FBI and replaced by an imposter that was spying on him.
Quandary: Masters or Slaves of AI?
If neural lacing enables our brains to be networked, we could easily be hacked or become the tools of Google or government.
Up Close: Beyond the tremors: Understanding the impact of Parkinson’s disease
Neuroscientist and neurologist Prof Malcolm Horne discusses Parkinson’s disease, and examines new technological developments and the prospects they offer for early diagnosis and treatment of the condition.
Up Close: Screening along the spectrum: The search for a genetic test for autism
Neuropsychiatrist Prof Chris Pantelis and neural engineering researcher Prof Stan Skafidas discuss the potential for the use of genetics to improve the diagnosis of autism.
Up Close: Brain in a Dish: the therapeutic potential of stem cells and organoids
Epilepsy researcher Steve Petrou and developmental neuroscientist Miranda Dottori discuss the potential of organoids, miniature immature organs grown in dishes, particularly for future epilepsy and autism research.
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.
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.
Online Feature: Neuroscientists plant false memories
Researchers have implanted false memories into mice, potentially illuminating the mechanisms underlying the human phenomenon of "recalling" experiences that never occurred.
Online Feature: How the brain keeps eyes on the prize
Dopamine signal strengthens as long-term goal draws nearer.