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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How could the color of a dress be open to interpretation? Learn more about the neuroscience behind the internet phenomenon in the third-place video from the 2016 Brain Awareness Video Contest.
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Learn about the neuroscience behind synesthesia in this video which won first place in the 2016 Brain Awareness Video Contest.
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  • 5 min
Americans 65 and older undergo nearly 20 million surgeries each year, which frequently improve and sometimes save their lives. But the brain doesn’t always fare so well.
  • The Dana Foundation
Michael Buice from the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, explains how our brains construct the visual world that surrounds us.
  • Allen Institute
The wheels in your brain are constantly turning, even when you're asleep or not paying attention.
  • TED
  • 5 min
What may seem like whimsical creations are actually important for some children’s cognitive growth.
  • Science Friday
  • 8 min
Your eyes can play tricks on you, and visual illusions take advantage of these glitches in our perception.
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Specialized cells in the inner ear turn vibrations in the air into what we perceive as sound. However, over time or after prolonged exposure to loud noises, these cells can become damaged and die, leading to hearing loss.
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Proprioception is your sense of your body’s position in space, and without it you wouldn’t be able to walk or scratch your nose with your eyes closed.
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  • 5 min
One of the fundamental questions motivating neuroscientists is to understand the relationship between brain activity and lived experience: how the different parts of the brain work together to produce the key ingredients for behavior: memory, feeling, thinking and imagination.
Two-thirds of the population believes a myth that has been propagated for over a century: that we use only 10 percent of our brains. Hardly!
  • TED
  • 5 min
How do the various wavelengths of visible light become what we know as color?
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3D Brain

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