Brain Health

Cosmos: How the brain remembers amputated limbs, and continues to control them

Most people who have lost a limb still feel its presence decades later. This phenomenon, dubbed “phantom limb”, has long been a mystery. But with new ultra-high resolution brain scanning, we are now able to look inside the brains of amputees for previously hidden clues. We recently showed three striking cases of amputees with incredibly […]

Science News: Brain scans decode an elusive signature of consciousness

A conscious brain hums with elaborate, interwoven signals, a study finds. Scientists uncovered that new signature of consciousness by analyzing brain activity of healthy people and of people who were not aware of their surroundings. The result, published online February 6 in Science Advances, makes headway on a tough problem: how to accurately measure awareness […]

Medical Xpress: First identification of brain’s preparation for action

Neuroscientists at Bangor University and University College London have for the first time, identified the processes which occur in our brains milliseconds before we undertake a series of movements, crucial for speech, handwriting, sports or playing a musical instrument. They have done so by measuring tiny magnetic fields outside the participants’ head and identifying unique […]

TIME: Exercising might help you make healthier food choices, study says

Getting healthy can be a daunting endeavor. It can seem impossible to get active, eat better, sleep more, stay hydrated and do the many other things your doctor says you should do, all at once. But recent research suggests there’s a single best place to begin. According to a study published in the International Journal […]

Medical News Today: Humans can learn new foreign words while asleep

Recent research reveals for the first time that people can learn new information while they are asleep. Scientists already know that sleep consolidates learning of new information that we acquire during wakefulness. Now, researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland suggest that learning can also take place during deep, or slow-wave sleep. (February 5, […]

NPR: One head, two brains: How the brain’s hemispheres shape the world we see

If you search for “left brain vs. right brain” on YouTube, it’s not long before you’ll find yourself in a vortex of weird claims and outlandish hype. For decades, pop psychology books and web videos have made dramatic claims about people who are left-brained and people who are right-brained. It got to the point that […]