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
Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation — so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. 
  • TED
  • 16 min
Despite much thought and ingenuity, neuroscience still struggles to define what consciousness is.
  • Wellcome Trust
A shark’s ability to home in on the scent of blood is legendary, but many people are surprised to learn that sharks have a stealthy sixth sense to find prey and explore the world around them.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Why some tunes lodge in our brains isn't so clear. Here are a few theories.
  • Science Friday
Every day you taste many different things. Have you ever wondered how well you detect different tastes? Find out with this activity!
  • Scientific American
What happens in the brain when we are frightened?
  • American Chemical Society
  • 4 min
Our remarkable capacity for imagination requires complex neural networks.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 5 min
It's one of the most common brain myths: we only use 10 percent of our brain. Fortunately for us, this one is 100 percent myth.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 5 min
Are you really in control of the decisions you make?
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 3 min
While it’s difficult to study déjà vu directly in a laboratory, scientists can test how the brain responds to familiar faces and places.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
The most advanced surveillance system you will ever find is built into your own brain. Learn the science behind the 2014 Nobel Prize.
  • The Dana Foundation
A series of recent studies now offers preliminary evidence that depression may, indeed, alter aspects of perception.
  • The Dana Foundation

3D Brain

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