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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Facial recognition is a key social skill, but one in 50 people have trouble recognizing familiar faces.
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Cells responsible for vision may have a unique way of building connections.
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Women suffer depression and anxiety disorders at higher rates than men; a new study finds an interesting new explanation for this.
A family of proteins determines which nerve cells thrive or die.
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It seems paradoxical that crying could trigger murdering a child on impulse.
A song can remind you of an event that happened many years ago. Learn about the processes of memory and watch as a woman remembers her first date.
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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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How does marijuana affect the brain? Travel to Amsterdam with this video and learn how THC affects brain function, impacting both short-term memory and motor control.
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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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Sensory information like scents can alter the brain in early development.
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Even without a disease such as Alzheimer's, the aging brain does show signs of wear. Researchers look to the molecular level to see if they can slow the healthy, normal progress.
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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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