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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Learn about lives that have reimagined brain science fields as we celebrate ten years of neuroscience storytelling on BrainFacts.org.
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Fluctuating levels of estrogen during a period known as perimenopause can wreak havoc on the mental health of women in midlife.
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Physician-scientist Phyllis Zee lays out the implications obstructive sleep apnea can have on sleep-wake cycles and health.
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Filler words like ‘um’ or ‘ah’ provide moments of pause for speech processing.
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Neurons fire in response to specific lengths of time; they can make a moment feel faster or slower when they get worn out.
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Studying thought processes provides insight into subjective experience. Neuroscientist Megan Peters explains.
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Your brain anticipates your touch, effectively canceling out your own tickle.
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By blocking a brain chemical that makes us sleepy, caffeine helps us feel more awake and alert.
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The exercises in this video will help you understand what it’s like to have Alzheimer’s.
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Humans can find faces in many things because of our fusiform gyrus.
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Our existing beliefs can distort the way we process information.
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The memories stored in our brains can change for many reasons.
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3D Brain

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