Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), with support from leading autism advocacy groups, launched the first major survey to study the experience of wandering and escaping without permission among individuals with ASD.
You burn your hand. Ouch! That hurts! So does the breakup of a romantic relationship--but that's a different kind of pain. Right?
Social rejection stimulates increased activity in the same regions of the brain as does physical pain. As far as neurons know, a psychological hurt is no different from a physical one.
Your Appetite Reveals How Your Brain WorksDo you eat when you're not hungry or eat more than you know is good for you? Do you crave some foods and not others? The answers to those questions lie in more fundamental questions about how the brain is organized.
Studies suggest that babies learn to recognize their native language while still in the womb. Babies whose mothers speak two languages during pregnancy appear "hardwired" for bilingualism at birth.
Fifty million Americans complain of an annoying "ringing in the ears." Some 1-2 million of us have tinnitus so severe that it interferes with our daily lives. Now German researchers suggest that tailor-made music therapy may provide relief. The secret lies not in the ears, but in the brain.
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.