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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People with depression often report dramatic changes in mood over the course of the day.
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The Hollow Face Illusion is spooky. The photo is of a flat sheet of plastic with a facial mask pushed in one side. In this case it’s the face of Albert Einstein*.
Everyone knows a picky eater — a former classmate of mine ate only cereal, pasta and milk — but why does picky eating exist?
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Understanding how new neurons integrate into existing brain regions may hold the secret to restoring brain function after injury or disease.
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Newborn infants can do lots of things. They can breathe, swallow, see, hear, startle, grasp, withdraw from noxious stimuli, taste, smell, cry and more.
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Cockroaches are quickly evolving to avoid precisely the yummy, sweet-tasting poisoned baits that I was using to keep them out of my kitchen.
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The cochlea performs an amazing feat: translating vibrations in the air into signals the brain recognizes as sound.
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I can still vividly recall the head of my Perception professor in college blowing up right in front of the class.
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Mice, bugs and hamsters are no longer the only way to study the brain. Functional MRI (fMRI) allows scientists to map brain activity in living, breathing, decision-making human beings.
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Beyond the Brain, David Brooks' op ed in today's NY Times (June 18), argues that Neuroscience will never explain everything.
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A gene controls neuronal traffic in the assembly of this electrical circuit.
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Despite the swanky name, the cocktail party problem has nothing to do with martinis. It’s a term scientists use to refer to the brain’s ability to tune in to a single voice.
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