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Neuroscience

We still have so much to learn about the brain. Keep up with the latest news, from psychology to machine learning.

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The harrowing new reality for Alzheimer’s patients

Alzheimer’s patients and families live in a cloud of uncertainty. It’s about to get worse.

The new Alzheimer’s drug is the first of its kind. Will it be the last?

Giving thanks may make your brain more altruistic

Why it’s so hard to read a book right now, explained by a neuroscientist

Why Buddhism is true

Are we morally obligated to meditate?

Brain-reading tech is coming. The law is not ready to protect us.

Dopamine fasting is Silicon Valley’s hot new trend. Is it backed by science?

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The brutal mirror: what the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life

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The mind, explained

A guide to help you better understand your brain.

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Facebook is building tech to read your mind. The ethical implications are staggering.

Elon Musk reveals his plan to link your brain to your smartphone

How your brain invents morality

In Spain, prisoners’ brains are being electrically stimulated in the name of science

How the West became a self-obsessed culture

Cirque du Soleil and the neuroscience of awe

Why psychedelic drugs could transform how we treat depression and mental illness

A human head transplant would be reckless and ghastly. It’s time to talk about it.

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This is what love does to your brain

Handstands, explained

A Stanford scientist on the biology of human evil

Brain activity is too complicated for humans to decipher. Machines can decode it for us.

Procrastination is bad for your health

A psychologist explains why materialism is making you unhappy

This audacious study will track 10,000 New Yorkers' every move for 20 years

The Kavli HUMAN project wants to make an atlas of the human condition. Could its Big Data help us live longer, healthier lives?

This scientific quest to find “missing” memories is changing the way we think about the brain

An ancient Buddhist strategy for overcoming paralyzing fear

There’s a lot of junk fMRI research out there. Here’s what top neuroscientists want you to know.

Mozart doesn't make babies smarter — and other brain myths debunked

Alzheimer’s symptoms could be prevented with a computer game, researchers say. How skeptical should we be?

Scientists: don’t zap your brain with a DIY brain stimulator you built from a 9-volt battery

What Brexit can teach us about the psychology of fear

This experiment boosted IQ by 5 points in just one hour. It’s bullshit — and that’s the point.  

The mysterious science of hiccups: why we get them and how to stop them

Scientists have invented a mind-reading machine. It doesn’t work all that well.

Sex myths: the data on what's real and what's fake

Imagine a dog. Got it? I don’t. Here’s what it’s like to be unable to visualize anything.

I have never visualized anything in my entire life. I can't "see" my father's face or a bouncing blue ball, my childhood bedroom or the run I went on 10 minutes ago. I'm 30 years old, and I never knew a human could do any of this.

I have a high-stress job. I'm also bipolar. Here's how I keep myself healthy.

I'm not ashamed of having bipolar disorder, but I don't want to go out of my way to tell people. I worry. Will this person not want to work with me anymore? Will they treat me differently? Will they think I'm unreliable?

Why your brain loves procrastination

My mother died of Alzheimer’s when she was 53 years old. I don’t know if I’m next.

It's been 20 years since my mother died of early onset, or younger onset, Alzheimer's disease. She was 53. I was 17. Losing her — and realizing that I, too, could develop the disease — has haunted me ever since.

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