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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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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The researcher discusses the science of body language and the unspoken word.
  • People Behind the Science
  • 32 min
Army Capt. Florent Groberg will receive the Medal of Honor for instantly tackling a suicide bomber in a split-second reaction of self-sacrifice to save the lives of his comrades.
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Neuroscientists are studying how the brain determines what information is most important in everyday scenes.
  • National Science Foundation
Renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks passed away this weekend. In this video, he discusses Charles Bonnet syndrome and hallucinations.
  • TED
For years, researchers have struggled to understand how emotions are formed and processed by the brain.
  • National Science Foundation
  • 4 min
On Saturday, July 4, 2015, a horrifying bloodbath erupted before the eyes of passengers on the Red Line Metro subway train heading to Fourth of July festivities in Washington, DC.

3D Brain

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