Diet & Lifestyle

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The pitch is appealing: sharpen your mind with a few minutes of brain games each day. Unfortunately, science suggests this promise is probably too good to be true.
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Today's New York Times has a nice video showing how stimulating a small set of neurons in the amygdala can turn off a rat's motivation to eat. The stimulation relies on a newly discovered technology called 'optogenetics'.
What do we know about sleep? Not a lot, it turns out, for something we do with one-third of our lives.
  • TED
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A cocktail of chemicals help control your appetite.
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Becoming a parent can induce significant changes in the brain.
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The contents of your dinner plate can have profound effects on your brain and nervous system.
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Can imaging tell us if scary labels on cigarette packages prompt smokers to quit? Researchers look for signs that might track how persuasive psychological and social interventions will be.
  • The Dana Foundation
A neuroscientist reveals the surprising — and far-reaching — effects of marijuana on the developing brain.
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On January 11, 2015 news swept the globe reporting that scores of people died and 200 were sickened by drinking beer poisoned with crocodile bile in Mozambique.
Our bodies are home to a vast ecosystem of microbes — the microbiome — that has a powerful effect on the brain.
  • The Kavli Foundation
American chef Bryan Voltaggio describes how he experiments with flavors to create unique dining experiences for his guests.
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Marijuana use is legal in many states for medical purposes, most of them dealing with neurological conditions (pain, epilepsy, tremor, multiple sclerosis, and many others). From the perspective of a neuroscientist researcher, the situation with respect to “medical marijuana” is absurd.

3D Brain

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