Thinking & Awareness

Abstract painting of a woman meditating on a mountain
Neuroscientists are exploring the source of the brain benefits behind habitual meditative practices.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Your selections: Thinking and Awareness
Through neural connections, called synapses, the brain can process and store enormous amounts of information.
  • National Science Foundation
  • 5 min
Your brain’s rapid response defense system has already detected the threat and avoided it before your conscious mind is even engaged.
Everyone experiences pain — but why do some people react to the same painful stimulus in different ways? And what exactly is pain, anyway?
  • TED
The highly connected region is active not only driving motor movements but also during cognitive tasks.
  • The Dana Foundation
Although scientists continue to debate the purposes and benefits of sleep, one thing is clear: sleep deprivation is really bad for brain function.
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Ultron walks into a bar, and orders a drink. Bartender says, “We don’t serve robots!”. Ultron replies, “You will.”
One minor chemical change can turn the sweet smell of a rose sour.
  • American Chemical Society
Research could lead to new rehabilitative therapies when the visual cortex is damaged.
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Scientists are finding evidence that neuroinflammation can alter mood and cognition, perhaps enough to help cause psychiatric disorders.
  • The Dana Foundation
Possible links between impaired hearing and loss of cognitive abilities raise the tantalizing possibility that restoring hearing could slow cognitive decline.
  • The Dana Foundation
Peering into the brains of people as they sing, brainstorm, and play is guiding neuroscientists to new insights into the neural underpinnings of creativity.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Having a bigger brain does not guarantee more cognitive power.
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3D Brain

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