Thinking & Awareness

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Neuroscientists are exploring the source of the brain benefits behind habitual meditative practices.
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Mirror neurons captured the neuroscientific zeitgeist 15 years ago, but much of their early hype has since deflated. What is their significance now?
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And other neuroscience news you may have missed in August 2022.
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The default mode network is a collection of brain regions active during quiet rest while awake.
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Some arousal states direct the brain’s sensory processing toward a limited number of stimuli.
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Certain disorders impact a person’s ability to focus or pay attention to aspects of the world around them.
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Arousal is a physiological state involving brain and body changes that motivate behavior and enable response to stimuli.
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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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