How Electronic Engineers Are Helping Us Unravel The Human Brain

Electronic engineers are emerging as important contributors to our understanding of the workings of the human brain — a scientific development that could lead to breakthroughs in medical treatments of brain disorders and artificial intelligence. But how is this even possible? » 7/08/14 8:45am 7/08/14 8:45am

Scientists Accidentally Discover The Brain's Consciousness "Off Switch"

While performing deep brain surgery on a woman with epilepsy, neuroscientists from George Washington University stimulated an area of her brain that unexpectedly — and temporarily — caused her to lose awareness. It's a discovery that could shed light on the very nature of consciousness itself. » 7/04/14 7:00am 7/04/14 7:00am

How Mushrooms Expand Your Mind and Amplify Your Brain's Dreaming Areas

Psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in mushrooms, can alter consciousness profoundly. Robin Carhart-Harris, co-author of a newly published study that examines the effects of psilocybin on brain activity, explains how his team is piecing together the mechanisms that cause its mind-expanding effects. » 7/03/14 2:30pm 7/03/14 2:30pm

Why Solitary Confinement Is The Worst Kind Of Psychological Torture

There may be as many as 80,000 American prisoners currently locked-up in a SHU, or segregated housing unit. Solitary confinement in a SHU can cause irreversible psychological effects in as little as 15 days. Here's what social isolation does to your brain, and why it should be considered torture. » 7/01/14 11:13am 7/01/14 11:13am

Are We About to Cross the Blood-Brain Barrier, and Transform Medicine?

One of the greatest frustrations for doctors dealing with brain tumors is called the blood brain barrier (BBB). It's the defense our bodies have created to keep toxins from passing from our blood into our brains — but it also stops medicines from making the crossing too. Now that may be about to change. » 6/18/14 11:00am 6/18/14 11:00am