Thinking & Awareness

Abstract painting of a woman meditating on a mountain
Neuroscientists are exploring the source of the brain benefits behind habitual meditative practices.
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The hippocampus is responsible for everything you remember, from this morning’s breakfast to your first kiss.
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Paulo Graziano explains why fidget spinners cause more distraction than concentration for some children.
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Mark Mattson reveals the surprising brain benefits of fasting.
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Scientists are studying how we evaluate selections and use past experience to make decisions.
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The discovery of cellular clocks throughout the body is shedding light on sleep disorders and changing how — and when — we treat disease.
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Two Nobel-winning scientists explain how your brain gets you from Point A to Point B.
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Can we tell the difference between a lying brain and a truth-telling brain?
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Ray Dolan, Peter Dayan, Wolfram Schultz have demonstrated how the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine helps us learn.
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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS) asks the question "how is our sense of identity contained in the brain?"
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Hallucinations happen when people see, hear, feel, or otherwise sense things that are not real, but appear to be very real and part of the surrounding environment.
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Brain cells work in concert: they fire together and go quiet together, giving rise to rhythmic electrical activity called brain waves.
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Learn about aphantasia and your "mind's eye" in this video.
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  • 4 min

3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.