Understanding laughter yields insights into how our brains process a complex world and how that, in turn, makes us who we are.
A baby’s scent triggers the reward circuits in women’s brains, the same circuits that light up when an addict gets drugs or you eat a juicy cheeseburger, according to a study co-authored by University of Montreal researcher Johannes Frasnelli. He explains to host Rachel Martin why people want to nibble on their infants.
Late summer tends to be a slow month for news. But at All Things Considered, we put on a two hour program, no matter what. So — without a trace of irony — one of our science correspondents offered to help fill some holes in the show with a series of stories about holes. Today he looks at how the brain copes with the ambiguity of “the hole idea,” and “the whole idea.”
Researchers discovered what appears to be a momentary increase in electrical activity in the brain associated with consciousness. As the brain struggles to survive, it also struggles to make sense of many neurons firing in the survival attempt.
As we became warriors, children, cats, cows and pigeons, I realized that concentrating on position and breath takes even the most cerebral of us out of our nattering, hectoring brains.
What happens when your brain plays a trick on you, and you can’t not believe it? Our brains, it turns out, are not prisoners of the world we live in. We can, any time we like, create the impossible … at least on paper.
Reporting in Nature, researchers write that even non-flying relatives of Archaeopteryx had brains with the motor and visual capabilities necessary to take wing. Paleontologist Amy Balanoff reconstructed the dino brains by taking CT scans of fossilized skulls.
Scientists are studying the brains and bodies of golfers to determine why amateurs aren’t on par with the pros. Sports scientist Mark F. Smith explains the latest findings, while PGA golfer Phil Mickelson, just back from winning the British Open, talks about his passion for math and science on and off the green.
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, researchers have found brain changes in preschool-age children with depression that are not apparent in their nondepressed peers.
Cutlery, dishes and other inedible accoutrements to a meal can alter our perceptions of taste, according to researchers. And it might be more about our brains than our tongues.