And other neuroscience news for the week of March 16, 2020.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Brain breaks help children by replenishing attention, improving learning, and boosting creativity. But, it turns out we might all benefit from giving our brains more downtime. Here’s why.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Brain imaging and computer modeling evidence pinpoints the area of the brain that perceives environmental boundaries — and stops you from running into them.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
A special part of the brain helps you juggle multiple activities at the same time.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 4 min
Smelling salts, an old remedy for fainting, are now used by some athletes to trigger alertness. Neurologist Erin Manning explains how they work.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
We all do it, but are we really as good at multitasking as we think? Can students learn something new without actively paying attention to it?
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Michael Buice from the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, explains how our brains construct the visual world that surrounds us.
  • Allen Institute
Your eyes can play tricks on you, and visual illusions take advantage of these glitches in our perception.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
The researcher discusses the science of body language and the unspoken word.
  • People Behind the Science
  • 32 min
Everyone experiences pain — but why do some people react to the same painful stimulus in different ways? And what exactly is pain, anyway?
  • TED
Research could lead to new rehabilitative therapies when the visual cortex is damaged.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Possible links between impaired hearing and loss of cognitive abilities raise the tantalizing possibility that restoring hearing could slow cognitive decline.
  • The Dana Foundation