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Study: Multitasking Physically Shrinks Your Brain

New research finds that looking at multiple screens at once can actually alter a key brain structure.

Judgment and decision-making: Brain activity indicates there is more than meets the eye

Published today in PLOS ONE, the study is the first in the world to show that it is possible to predict abstract judgments from brain waves, even though people were not conscious of making such judgments. The study also increases our...Show More Summary

Family Of Jahi McMath Petitioning Court to Have Her Declared “Alive”

According to the State of California, JahiMcMath has been dead since December 9, 2013, when she went into cardiac arrest after catastrophic side effects from throat surgery. Oakland Children’s Hospital doctors insisted she was brain dead, that is, she had experienced total brain failure. Under California law, brain death is dead. When the doctors stated […]

Doctors Are Unsure If Tracy Morgan Will Ever Perform Again

Tracy Morgan's career as we know it may be over. The comedian's lawyer revealed on Wednesday that Tracy's injuries following a deadly June limo crash with a Walmart truck have left him with a debilitating brain injury that may prevent him from ever performing again. Show More Summary

Alien Mind Control Mask

Turn control over to someone else for Halloween with the Alien Mind Control Mask, and enjoy the feeling of being a a helpless passenger in your own body. Of course, you won’t really be turning your brain over to an extraterrestrial driver but it’s perfectly understandable that you might have a few doubts when looking […]

Brain Activity During Eye Movements

French philosopher Henri Bergson once said: "The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend." Psychologist Martin Rolfs has studied what happens in the brain when the eyes jump from one subject to another in the rapid eye movements called saccades. Show More Summary

Steve Williams would consider caddying for Tiger Woods again

Steve Williams is mulling offers but would consider working part-time for Tiger Woods -- if only the former No. 1 would give him a call. Steve Williams has Tiger Woods on the brain. The caddie, who lugged the bag for Woods for 13 years,...Show More Summary

Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder associated with dendritic spine loss in brain

Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder both appear to be associated with dendritic spine loss in the brain, suggesting the two distinct disorders may share common pathophysiological features, write author Glenn T. Konopaske, M.D., and colleagues at McLean Hospital, Belmont, Mass., and Harvard Medical School, Boston. read more

Joan Didion Answers the Proust Questionnaire

2 hours agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"Misery is feeling estranged from people I love, Misery is also not working. The two seem to go together." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Playing 'Portal 2' might make you smarter

2 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

"Them games'll rot your brain, you know," said the fictional midwestern mom that we've invented for the purposes of this story. Grudgingly, we'd accept her admonishment, put down our copy of Sonic the Hedgehog and go back to playing "educational"...

A Neuroprotector's Dilemma

3 hours agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

Here is a recent article from the SENS Research Foundation, a review of recent work in the broader research community relating to the development of neuroprotective drugs and proteins, ways to help brain cells resist the damage of aging:...Show More Summary

New Apps for the Brain

These programs turn learning into a game

Heidegger in the Kitchen: What a Shrimp Can Teach Us About the Meaning of Life

6 hours agoOdd : Brain Pickings

How to break free from the chatter that muffles the essence of Being. Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Forever Serves Up Some Delicious Brain Smoothie

7 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Which is awesome. On the other hand, Henry Morgan is an immortal who forgets all his emotional lessons. Seriously, the whole point of this episode is our main character re-learning a lesson that he apparently also learned a century ago. So much for wisdom and experience. Read more...

Watch Jennifer Garner and John Mulaney Play Catchphrase

On Thursday’s Tonight Show, Jennifer Garner and Jimmy Fallon faced off against Questlove and John Mulaney in a game of "Catchphrase." These sorts of rapid-fire brain games always teach us something about the minds of the participants, and today we learned the following: John Mulaney is overconfident in his gaming... More »

Robot researcher combines nature to nurture 'superhuman' navigation

Researchers are investigating realistic navigation for robots using computer modeling of the human eye and the brain of a rat.

Playing Videogames Improves Elderly Brains

Nature: Video gaming is a highly pervasive activity, providing a multitude of complex cognitive and motor demands. Gaming can be seen as an intense training of several skills. Associated cerebral structural plasticity induced has not been investigated so far. Show More Summary

Question Answered

Once upon a time, we discussed whether a hot dog qualified as a sandwich.  Opinions were divided.  Thankfully the brain trust at Fox Business has taken up our plight…

Portal 2 improves brain training more than software designed for that, says science

A recent study from Florida State University pitted Portal 2 against a piece of software specifically designed to train one's brain. The result: Portal 2 was more effective at that sort of thing. The study, popularised by Popular Science...Show More Summary

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