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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Your selections: Thinking and Awareness
Our remarkable capacity for imagination requires complex neural networks.
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  • 5 min
While it’s difficult to study déjà vu directly in a laboratory, scientists can test how the brain responds to familiar faces and places.
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The most advanced surveillance system you will ever find is built into your own brain. Learn the science behind the 2014 Nobel Prize.
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A series of recent studies now offers preliminary evidence that depression may, indeed, alter aspects of perception.
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Facial recognition is a key social skill, but one in 50 people have trouble recognizing familiar faces.
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Ed Catmull, president of Pixar, gave a lecture at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting. What does movie making have to do with brain science?
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Have you ever wondered what life would be like without the sense of smell? Learn more about a rare condition called congenital anosmia and how the brain processes smell.
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  • 4 min
When a fly lands on your arm, how does your brain respond? Learn how touch travels through your brain with this video.
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  • 5 min
You may think multitasking makes you more productive. In actuality, it slows you down, increases the mistakes you make, and temporarily changes the way your brain works.
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Imagine hearing a bird chirp and seeing the color yellow. This is what life may be like for someone with synesthesia. Explore the unique experiences of a synesthete and learn more about this rare condition.
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  • 5 min
Following a car accident, a heart attack, or any other life-threatening event, there have been many instances documented where people that were near death, experienced something vivid, something that to them was real.
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Neuroscientist Neil Burgess studies the neural mechanisms that map the space around us, and how they link to memory and imagination.
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3D Brain

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