Thinking & Awareness

Abstract painting of a woman meditating on a mountain
Neuroscientists are exploring the source of the brain benefits behind habitual meditative practices.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Your selections: Thinking and Awareness
Scientists are finding evidence that neuroinflammation can alter mood and cognition, perhaps enough to help cause psychiatric disorders.
  • The Dana Foundation
Possible links between impaired hearing and loss of cognitive abilities raise the tantalizing possibility that restoring hearing could slow cognitive decline.
  • The Dana Foundation
Peering into the brains of people as they sing, brainstorm, and play is guiding neuroscientists to new insights into the neural underpinnings of creativity.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Having a bigger brain does not guarantee more cognitive power.
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Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation — so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. 
  • TED
  • 16 min
Despite much thought and ingenuity, neuroscience still struggles to define what consciousness is.
  • Wellcome Trust
A shark’s ability to home in on the scent of blood is legendary, but many people are surprised to learn that sharks have a stealthy sixth sense to find prey and explore the world around them.
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Why some tunes lodge in our brains isn't so clear. Here are a few theories.
  • Science Friday
Every day you taste many different things. Have you ever wondered how well you detect different tastes? Find out with this activity!
  • Scientific American
What happens in the brain when we are frightened?
  • American Chemical Society
  • 4 min
It's one of the most common brain myths: we only use 10 percent of our brain. Fortunately for us, this one is 100 percent myth.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 5 min
Are you really in control of the decisions you make?
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 3 min

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