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Understanding the emergent properties of the brain
A lack of sleep may increase your risk for Alzheimer's disease, heart attack, and even suicide. Have we gone too far in undervaluing sleep?
The cerebellum contains the majority of the cells in the brain. So why does removing it have little effect on consciousness?
Creative types are right-brained? Analytical types are left-brained? Think again.
A back-of-the-shelf anesthetic induces all the symptoms of schizophrenia—but only in adults. What does this reveal about brain development and the nature of schizophrenia?
Some people hear colors and see sounds, a phenomenon called synesthesia.
Would you watch a movie filmed at one frame per second? Many brain scans are like slow movies. To add the dimension of time, we need EEG.
Can we learn everything about the brain by studying individual brain cells? To answer this question, we need to consider emergent properties and self-organization.
Does thinking harder or experiencing deep emotions like love, fear, or anguish light up more neurons? Probably not.
An announcement at the BRAIN initiative meeting highlights a small brain structure with surprising integration with the rest of the mouse brain. So is it involved in consciousness?
A brain region known as the basal ganglia appears to be important in treating and understanding obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Understanding the balance between neural excitation and inhibition could be key to understanding many brain disorders.
Reasonable people can disagree on whether neuroscience casts doubt on free will.
How is a new technology revolutionizing both basic and clinical neuroscience?
How does consciousness arise from physical matter?
Joel Frohlich is a neuroscience Ph.D. student at the University of California, Los Angeles and editor-in-chief of Knowing Neurons.