Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Understanding the emergent properties of the brain
Consciousness is perhaps the most mysterious phenomenon in all of science. Could this brain area bring us closer to understanding it?
I ask the author of The Case Against Reality about hallucinations, DMT, spirituality, quantum physics, and why we can see the Milky Way at night if it has no fitness payoff.
Each night when you dream, your brain hallucinates in a paralyzed body. What is this phenomenon called, and how does the brain put us through this nightly show?
Children born with this rare disorder challenge conventional ideas about happiness and health.
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.