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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Facial recognition is a key social skill, but one in 50 people have trouble recognizing familiar faces.
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Ed Catmull, president of Pixar, gave a lecture at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting. What does movie making have to do with brain science?
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Have you ever wondered what life would be like without the sense of smell? Learn more about a rare condition called congenital anosmia and how the brain processes smell.
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When a fly lands on your arm, how does your brain respond? Learn how touch travels through your brain with this video.
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You may think multitasking makes you more productive. In actuality, it slows you down, increases the mistakes you make, and temporarily changes the way your brain works.
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Imagine hearing a bird chirp and seeing the color yellow. This is what life may be like for someone with synesthesia. Explore the unique experiences of a synesthete and learn more about this rare condition.
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Following a car accident, a heart attack, or any other life-threatening event, there have been many instances documented where people that were near death, experienced something vivid, something that to them was real.
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Neuroscientist Neil Burgess studies the neural mechanisms that map the space around us, and how they link to memory and imagination.
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A fascinating report in the journal "Current Biology" states that patients with "locked in syndrome" can communicate by controlling the size of their pupils
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I can still vividly recall the head of my Perception professor in college blowing up right in front of the class.
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Mice, bugs and hamsters are no longer the only way to study the brain. Functional MRI (fMRI) allows scientists to map brain activity in living, breathing, decision-making human beings.
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Beyond the Brain, David Brooks' op ed in today's NY Times (June 18), argues that Neuroscience will never explain everything.
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3D Brain

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