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

AI’s Deep Problem

By Cami Rosso on February 21, 2018 in The Future Brain
Artificial intelligence is modeled to some extent on the human brain; and there’s a deep problem with this approach.

The Perplexing Semantics of Anosognosia

By Dinah Miller M.D. on February 21, 2018 in Committed
Why is the the idea that some people are not aware they have a mental illness so heated? A look at the the controversy around anosognosia.

The Aging Brain: When Friends Turn into Foes

By Elena Blanco-Suarez Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in Brain Chemistry
New study shows that supportive cells of the brain, called astrocytes, turn into enemies, promoting age-related function decline in healthy brains.

Sex and the Brain

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
Intriguing research reveals gender differences in brain function and anatomy

Neural Basis of Why We Fail to Control Unwanted Thoughts

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in Ritual and the Brain
Ever wondered how your brain is able to control those pesky negative thoughts that pop into your mind? Neuroscientists give new insight.

Lab-Grown Purkinje Neurons Help Decode Some Autism Mysteries

By Christopher Bergland on February 20, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
A Harvard Medical School research team has unearthed fresh clues linking autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Purkinje neurons in the cerebellum.

Language Processing Can Flip from Left Brain to Right Brain

By Christopher Bergland on February 19, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
The human brain can relocate language functions from "left brain" to "right brain" if necessary.

Can You Stay Open To The Pain Of Others?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on February 19, 2018 in Your Wise Brain
When you recognize the truth of others’ pain, it is strangely calming. By seeing the pain and its causes are just a tiny part of a mostly impersonal whole.
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7 Steps to Changing Your Narcissistic Responses

If you know you are narcissistic and want to change, you can find a better way to deal with the issues that trigger your rage.

Love and Toddler Brain Coping Mechanisms

Most of the time, toddlers can get away with blame, denial, and avoidance, because they’re so darn cute. When adults do it, we’re not so cute.

The Sleeper’s Dilemma

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 16, 2018 in Home Base
Skipping sleep can hurt your cognitive abilities—and even increase your heart disease and Alzheimer's disease risk down the road. Here's what to know and what you can do about it.

Saying, and Hearing, the "Thing Which Is Not"

Recent brain imaging studies have revealed that distinguishing between truth, deceit, and irony requires the activation of distinct neural networks.

Are You Sabotaging Your Happiness?

Could racing to tick all the tasks off your list every day be undermining your happiness?

Can Being Out of Shape Speed Up Brain Deterioration?

By Christopher Bergland on February 15, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
Aerobic fitness is linked to more robust white matter connectivity between various brain regions and better cognitive function, according to a growing body of evidence.

Standing at the Edge: The New Book by Roshi Joan Halifax

By Mark Matousek on February 15, 2018 in Ethical Wisdom
In her new book, Standing At the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet, medical anthropologist and Zen master Joan Halifax investigates "moral distress" and burnout.

5HT2A Serotonin Receptor System in Dreaming

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Dream Catcher
5HT2A may be responsible for both your dreams and your social success.

No, You’re Not Left-Brained or Right-Brained

Creative types are right-brained? Analytical types are left-brained? Think again.

Sexual Harassment Won’t Stop Until We Change the Story

By Charles S. Jacobs on February 15, 2018 in Management Rewired
How can changing the story put an end to sexual harrasment?

How to Feel Good at Work

Learn how to use your imagination to increase happiness at work.

Do You Have a Touch, or More Than a Touch, of Dyslexia?

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
A simple one-minute test to explore whether you, or someone close to you, have dyslexia.

True Love Is Passion, Rooted in Friendship

By Jason Whiting Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Love, Lies and Conflict
Are you wondering how to create fulfilling love that is more than the rush of passion? Nourishing your friendship will strengthen your love, and your relationship.

Removing Your Sunglasses Can Save Your Life

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
The surprising Neuroscience behind your shades
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Do You Really Know Why You Do The Things You Do?

By Ozgun Atasoy Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in The Hidden Prospect
How much do we know about the reasons for our decisions?

The Neuroscience of Adolescent Impulsivity

By Christopher Bergland on February 13, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
New research identifies a link between cortical thickness and impulsive decision-making during adolescence.

The Neurochemistry of Love

Love is a powerful motivator because it stimulates all your happy chemicals at once. But our brain evolved to motivate reproduction, not to make you feel good all the time. Alas.

Expanding Waistline, Shrinking Brain?

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Home Base
New research suggests that obesity might increase the risk of memory and cognition problems - and may even be linked with smaller brain size.
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Are We in Control or on Autopilot?

Reflexive system runs the show when we are short on time and effort. This system is not great at filtering. Many efforts to change habits fail, because they address the logical.

Why We Don’t Speak Up

I’ve studied rejection my whole life. I suppose that it’s a personal thing, and one of my strongest life patterns.

My Partner Has an Alcohol or Drug Problem!

How to navigate your relationship when your partner struggles with alcohol or other drug problems.

Radical Changes in Psychiatric Diagnosis Are on the Horizon

Psychiatric diagnosis is still in the 20th century, but rapidly evolving tools leverage machine-learning and "big data" to begin to sketch out future advances.