The first Presidential Scholars, who received their award from Lyndon Johnson, are now bouncing their grandchildren on their arthritic knees and filing for their Social Security. They are also asking themselves, What lessons has life taught me? Educational researchers Felice Kaufmann and Dona Matthews asked them that same question.
A new model shows how the size, shape, and electrical attractions of an enzyme known to be important in memory formation perfectly matches the "skeletal framework" of nerve cells—the microtubules.This mechanism may help explain how memory proteins are formed and stored in the brain.
The placebo effect is not deception, fluke, experimenter bias, or statistical anomaly. It is, instead, a product of expectation. The human brain anticipates outcomes, and anticipation produces those outcomes.
One way to study the human brain is to look at the brains of other animals. Nematodes and sea slugs can tell us a lot about how our senses work and how we learn. What we discover has many practical applications--from smoking cessation to the treatment of learning impairments.
Autism spectrum disorder has attracted intense interest from the public and scientists over recent years. A new web page from Nature sorts fact from fiction with a collection of news and comment articles.
If too much holiday merriment is giving you the hiccups, you're not alone. Everyone gets the hiccups from time to time, but in exceedingly rare cases, a brain abnormality may induce hiccups that last for months, even years.
Bullying, a pervasive problem among youth, has attracted the national spotlight in recent months because of the lasting, and sometimes tragic, effects on children and teenagers across the country. Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are believed to be especially vulnerable
This week, UCLA neurophysicists report that there is an optimal brain "rhythm," or frequency, for changing synaptic strength. And further, like stations on a radio dial, each synapse is tuned to a different optimal frequency for learning.
A live Webcast features New York Times health and medicine editor Barbara Strauch, whose recent book, The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain, has struck a chord with adults everywhere who worry about their mental capacity.
Have you ever wondered why you remember color images and scenes so much better than those in black and white? Why certain odors evoke vivid memories? The answers to those questions and many more lie in the way our brains interpret and process the sights, smells, tastes, and touches that make up our lives. In my book Brain Sense I explore brain function and the senses. I write on that same topic in my Brain Sense blog.