The human brain has been called the most complex object in the known universe, and in many ways it's the final frontier of science. A hundred billion neurons, close to a quadrillion connections between them, and we don't even fully understand a single cell.

Neuroscience aims to understand how a person arises out of a clump of squishy matter. It's where psychology meets biology. And with new tools at our disposal—computer simulations, medical imaging—we double our knowledge every decade. Roll up your sleeves and poke around.

Recent posts on Neuroscience

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A Part of the Brain You Don't Appreciate Enough

By Jon Horvitz Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in Purple Brain
Without the basal ganglia, your conscious mind would be overworked and overwhelmed.

Is Slurred Speech a Sign of Vascular Dementia?

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on December 10, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
Strokes can lead to problems with speech, walking, strength, thinking, and memory, and are a common cause of dementia. But can you diagnose someone just by observing them?
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Nourish Your Brain in Five Minutes a Day

Your quality of life depends on the circulation in your brain.
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The Science of Dreaming: 9 Key Points

Do you want to sound like an expert on the science of dreaming? These 9 key findings will get you started.

Why We Are Conscious

Why are we conscious creatures instead of unconscious ones?

The Emotional Aftermath of Speaking Out

By Mariana Plata on December 07, 2017 in The Gen Y Psy
Who are the "Silence Breakers" and why is their work so important? Speaking out your truth can be an emotional rollercoaster.

A Not Entirely Serious Future History of Neuroscience

By Mark D. Humphries Ph.D. on December 07, 2017 in Neural Processing
The state of things to come in neuroscience. Approximately.

Psychotherapy Is THE Biological Treatment

Psychiatric problems come purely from traumatic adaptations as digested by our temperament. Psychotherapy deactivates problematic brain mappings and activates healthier ones.

Johns Hopkins Brain Maps Show Why It Can Be So Hard to Stop

By Christopher Bergland on December 07, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins University have identified why it's so hard to "Stop!" once your brain has given your body the green light to "go."

Dispelling Three Popular Myths About Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's myths could be compromising your brain health.

Are Dogs Really Smarter Than Cats?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on December 06, 2017 in Canine Corner
A look at their brain structure might help answer the question.
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Writing Letters for the Holiday

By Diana Raab PhD on December 06, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you wanting to do something different this holiday season or perhaps connect wit those who you haven't spoken to in a while? Try crafting a handwritten letter.

Spirulina for Infant and Aged Brains

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Your Brain on Food
Spirulina (pond scum) is an excellent source of highly potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory chemicals that can benefit your brain health across the entire lifespan

Jeremy Schmahmann Untangles the Perplexity of Our Cerebellum

By Christopher Bergland on December 04, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Jeremy Schmahmann of Harvard Medical School has developed readily available ways to test abnormalities of the cerebellum without detailed neuropsychological laboratory testing.

Dual Diagnosis of Schizophrenia and Substance Use Disorder

By Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. on December 04, 2017 in Brain and Behavior
Genome-wide studies aid investigation.

What Does It Take to Transform Trauma Into Art?

By Ariel Gore on December 04, 2017 in Women and Happiness
Want to write through trauma and mental illness? Chelsey Clammer illuminates the art and craft making excellent essays out of tough experiences.

Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas?

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in The Social Thinker
Why is it that writers often can’t tell us where their story ideas truly come from? The answer has to do with the fact that the human mind is a dual-process system.

Driving While Old

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on December 03, 2017 in iAge
There are computer-based tools for improving useful field of view and retraining the brain to drive more safely.

Are You in the Power Zone?

How often do you feel you’re hitting your power zone at work? We’ve all had these moments (even if they were fleeting), but can you intentionally create more of them?

Can Better Body Awareness Improve Your Workout?

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on December 03, 2017 in Fit Femininity
Are you working out to feel the burn? You might need to adjust your attitude to avoid muscle damage.

Don’t Listen to Your Lizard Brain

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on December 03, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
10 million years of evolution has led to the development of the neocortex to control our primitive drives. So why does it seem to fail so frequently?

The Two Channels of Empathy

By Lydia Denworth on December 02, 2017 in Brain Waves
Is empathy an instinctive sharing of emotion? Or is it understanding how other people feel? According to the latest scientific thinking, it's both.

Could an App Diagnose Your Memory Problems?

Could an iPad app diagnose you with dementia? Researchers believe it can.

How to Create Addictive Experiences?

By Liraz Margalit Ph.D. on December 02, 2017 in Behind Online Behavior
We need to steer away from abstract goals, such as thought leadership, and start thinking in terms of clearly defined actions.

One Size Rarely Fits All

By Elliot T Berkman Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in The Motivated Brain
Treatments are designed for groups, not people. How can we make them more precise?

Rewire Your Brain to See Opportunity

By Michael Woodward Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Spotting Opportunity
Having trouble seeing opportunity in a negative world? Three simple steps to rewire your brain.

The Neurochemistry of Smartphone Addiction

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Teens with problematic habits may have an imbalance of specific chemicals in the brain.

It Ain't About How Hard You Hit

By Elena Blanco-Suarez Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Brain Chemistry
What is going on in the brain when a fighter gets punched or kicked in the head? Ex-UFC fighter Shannon Gugerty talks about his own experience.

Dogs Are Brainier Than Cats, But Are They Really Smarter?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in Animal Emotions
New research shows dogs have more cortical neurons than cats, but what does this really mean?

Neuroscientists Uncover Sleep Timing Secrets

Is a good night's sleep a battle? Understanding how it works might help you get more rest..