Thinking Sensing and Behaving

Photograph of a man cleaning and taking care of a child at the same time
The brain works best with one job at a time, but daily life calls for multitasking, causing a “bottle neck” in the brain.
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Peering into the brains of people as they sing, brainstorm, and play is guiding neuroscientists to new insights into the neural underpinnings of creativity.
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How do your eyes and brain allow you to see? Find out in this watercolor journey through the visual system.
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  • 5 min
How accurately do your eyes see the world?
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  • 3 min
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. 
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  • 16 min
Odor information travels through the amygdala, where it helps to influence such behaviors as reproduction and defense.
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Despite much thought and ingenuity, neuroscience still struggles to define what consciousness is.
  • Wellcome Trust
Studying the nerve cells that alert fruit flies to danger may one day help scientists better understand diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and autism.
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Why can’t our extremely complex eyes render simple optical illusions? Surprise, surprise — it comes back to the brain, which has only evolved to encounter natural stimuli.
  • TED
Although there are no pain-sensing fibers located in the brain, these fibers are present in nearby tissues. When they become activated, a headache can occur.
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When the retina needs a boost, its cells signal to local blood vessels to open up, allowing them easy access to oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood.
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Playing a musical instrument can do wonders for our brains. But how does it affect our hearing later on in life?
  • National Science Foundation