Brain-computer implant has passed 1000-day milestone

A paralysed woman was still able to control a computer cursor with her thoughts 1000 days after having a tiny electronic device implanted in her brain, say researchers who devised the system. The achievement demonstrates the longevity of brain-machine implants. » 3/28/11 8:00am 3/28/11 8:00am

Brain damage might actually create fake memories

Brain damage, which can be caused by conditions such as amnesia and Alzheimer's Disease, doesn't just erase memories. In a shocking new discovery, it turns out brain damage can also cause its sufferers to experience false memories of familiarity. » 12/02/10 2:10pm 12/02/10 2:10pm

Mysterious white matter may be more important than gray matter in your…

Grey matter is fundamental to our minds - indeed, it's so important that the term is often used to refer the brain as a whole. But it turns out that white matter may be where our thinking happens. » 11/04/10 11:25am 11/04/10 11:25am

Mind-reading machines could soon record your dreams

A new advance in recording and interpreting brain activity will open the door to machines that could record and play back your dreams. » 10/27/10 12:30pm 10/27/10 12:30pm

Deleting a gene creates super-smart mice...and maybe humans too

Switching off a single gene in mice unlocks a part of their brain that is otherwise inactive, boosting learning and memory. The same gene seems to serve a similar purpose in humans, creating hope that humans could enjoy similar benefits. » 9/19/10 3:00pm 9/19/10 3:00pm

One brain scan could reveal whether you're at risk of drug addiction

Having an impulsive personality means that you jump into situations without thinking through the consequences. Now scientists think they can see "impulsiveness" at work in the brain - and it looks a lot like potential drug addiction. » 8/02/10 4:57pm 8/02/10 4:57pm

Can You See The "God Spot" In This Brain Scan? Neither Can We

Don't be fooled by headlines suggesting neuroscience researchers have found the "God spot" in the brain that triggers religious devotion, say experts. Yes, it's back to the drawing board with our "worship me now, fools" raygun. » 8/11/09 4:30pm 8/11/09 4:30pm

Neurologists Claim that Hip-Hop Leads to Head Injuries

Hip-hop culture has caused profound harm to American adolescents, according to a new study from the Journal of Neurosurgery. But it doesn't warp teenaged brains or make kids more violent; instead, it's lead to a sharp rise in head injuries. » 7/21/09 10:00am 7/21/09 10:00am

Commonly-Prescribed Drug Significantly Reduces Memory Loss from…

A growth hormone frequently prescribed for cancer patients has been found to significantly reduce memory loss from Alzheimers disease. The drug, which stimulates the production of red blood cells, essentially washes plaques out of the brain. » 7/01/09 5:05pm 7/01/09 5:05pm

A Harvard Psychiatrist Explains Zombie Neurobiology

In Night of the Living Dead, zombies are brought back from the dead by a "mysterious force" that allows their brains to continue functioning. But how exactly does a zombie brain function? Finally, a Harvard psychiatrist has the answers. » 6/10/09 12:22pm 6/10/09 12:22pm

Brain-Hacking May Cure Tourettes — Or Weaponize It

Neuroscientists think they've identified the part of the brain that causes Tourette's Syndrome, the condition that causes random tics including compulsive obscenity. How long before we can hack that part of the brain? » 5/12/09 3:00pm 5/12/09 3:00pm

Prosthetic Speech Implant Turns Your Thoughts to Words

Imagine waking up one morning and being unable to speak. Your mind still churns away, trying to form words, but no sounds will come out. It's like the bleak ending of Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream only, you know, real. This is a fact of life for many people with varying levels of paralysis, who… » 7/03/08 9:32am 7/03/08 9:32am

Shrooms Change Your Life for the Better

Far from just a few hours of psychedelia, a trip on magic mushrooms could stay with you your whole life - in a good way, according to Roland Griffiths, a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins University. Two thirds* of the 36 men and women who took carefully measured doses of the active trippy ingredient psilocybin reported… » 7/02/08 9:12am 7/02/08 9:12am

Brain Implants Instead of Prozac

Brain implants are here, and they're making people happy. It'll probably still be a while before you can neurointerface directly with the internet or your friends and lovers, but psychologists are testing implantable brain 'pacemakers' that regulate brain activity and so far appear really useful for treating the most… » 5/27/08 2:20pm 5/27/08 2:20pm

The "Trust Me" Drug That Makes You Take Social Risks

What if you could convince people to trust you and take risks for you with just a few drops of liquid surreptitiously placed in their water? There would be no drunkenness, no rufie-esque glazed eyes: just pure, human trust created via chemicals. The person wouldn't even know they'd been dosed. A study coming out… » 5/21/08 3:42pm 5/21/08 3:42pm

The Data Is In: Brain Implants Can Make You Happy

For over a decade researchers have been treating many different ailments, including depression, with electrodes lodged deep in the brain. Devices like this Soletra brain implant deliver electrical impulses to a targeted brain region, essentially creating artificial activity in an area that the brain won't activate on… » 4/29/08 11:34am 4/29/08 11:34am

You Would Be Happier If You Watched Football and Didn't Have Sex

Matthieu Ricard is famous not just because he works with the Dalai Lama, but because a group of neuroscientists have scanned his brain and proven that he's off-the-charts happy. In fact, he's the happiest guy ever to stick his head in an MRI brain scanner, or to wear a zillion EEG sensors on his head (pictured). A… » 4/22/08 11:27am 4/22/08 11:27am

Why Dyslexics Are Good Computer Programmers

People suffering from dyslexia may find that their problems evaporate when they learn a new language, especially one that works with symbols very different from their native one. A study released yesterday reveals that brain abnormalities in English-speakers with dyslexia are quite different from those in people who… » 4/08/08 4:04pm 4/08/08 4:04pm

Manipulating a Single Protein in Your Brain Creates "Autistic Savants"

Some autistics are known as "autistic savants" because they develop a genius in one subject, such as mathematics or art. New research shows this syndrome can be induced by tinkering with one protein in the brain which is responsible for building synapses, the brain structures that help neurons talk to each other.… » 2/21/08 10:20am 2/21/08 10:20am

Buy Yourself A Retconned Happy Childhood

People spend the GDP of Peru in therapy trying to cope with the crap that happened to them when they were kids. It's such a 20th century approach to childhood suckage. Maybe soon, we'll be able to pay to turn our childhoods happy retroactively. Click through for our roundup of ideas for making your childhood a happy… » 2/15/08 12:03pm 2/15/08 12:03pm