I’ve never met a person who doesn’t know what I mean by this question. The idea that creative people use the right side of their brain more than logical people (the left-brained) is an extremely strong meme.
The world’s most ambitious neuroscience project is underway. Scientists from the 135 partner institutions of the Human Brain Project, co-funded by the EU with an estimated budget of €1.2 billion ($1.6 billion USD), are meeting in Switzerland for the official launch today, October 7, 2013.
Neuroeconomists at the University of Zurich have identified a specific brain region that controls compliance with social norms. They discovered that norm compliance is independent of knowledge about the norm and can be increased by means of brain stimulation.
Five years on from Lehman Brothers' collapse and “where did it all go wrong?” analysis is all the rage. Answers have varied: poor regulation, malicious bankers, dozy politicians, greedy homeowners, and so on.
A new imaging technique to study the function of entire nervous systems has been developed by scientists at the Campus Vienna Biocenter (Austria) who found a way to overcome some of the limitations of light microscopy. Applying the new technique, they recorded the activity of a worm’s brain with h...
Memory can call up a range of emotions, facts and associations. Yet for recovering addicts and individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), these memories may be unwanted and devastating. Now, scientists have discovered a way to selectively erase dangerous drug-associated memor...
Poverty may be having more of an impact on our brainpower than we thought. Scientists have discovered that the related concerns associated with poverty require so much mental energy that the poor have less remaining brainpower to devote to other areas of life.
By analysing MRI images of the brain with a special mathematical model, it is possible to reconstruct thoughts more accurately than ever before. In this way, researchers from Radboud University Nijmegen have succeeded in determining from brain-scans which letter a test subject was looking at.
New findings may help neuroscientists pinpoint better targets for antianxiety treatments.
How to deal with exponentially growing research results as a scientist? A recent explosion of neuroscience research for example has resulted in the publication of nearly 2 million papers - more data than any researcher can read and absorb in a lifetime.
Neuroscientists may soon be modern-day harpooners, snaring individual brain-cell signals instead of whales with tiny spears made of carbon nanotubes.