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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From the stands at sports events, we marvel at the actions of athletes. But in fact, each of us in our daily activities performs a host of complex, skilled movements that are just as remarkable.
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Neuroscientists believe that the brain can remain relatively healthy and full-functioning as it ages.
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From the first large studies monitoring the mental functioning of the same group of healthy humans over many years, scientists have uncovered unexpected results.
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Our best insights into how the normal brain ages come from long-term studies of the nervous system that began decades ago.
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Humans have used opiate drugs, such as morphine, for thousands of years, but these are often highly addictive and dangerous to one's health.
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Touch is the sense by which we determine the characteristics of objects: size, shape, and texture.
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Neuroethics will draw from the experience of bioethics in handling scientific communication with the media and responsible transfer of knowledge from basic science to profit-driven venture.
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Although most of us don’t think of it in this way, the related senses of taste and smell help us interpret the chemical world.
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Studies of the body’s own pain-control system demonstrated the existence of naturally occurring opioids — the endorphins.
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Medical science offers us a number of different ways to dull or treat pain.
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Processing information from the sensory systems is one of many functions of the brain. Such information is often the first step in other brain activities, including learning and retaining knowledge.
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To be able to see anything, eyes first need to process light. Vision begins with light passing through the cornea.
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