How the brain pays attention

Picking out a face in the crowd is a complicated task: Your brain has to retrieve the memory of the face you’re seeking, then hold it in place while scanning the crowd, paying special attention to finding a match.

Green tea boosts your brain

Green tea is said to have many putative positive effects on health. Now, researchers at the University of Basel are reporting first evidence that green tea extract enhances the cognitive functions, in particular the working memory.

In the brain, timing is everything

Suppose you heard the sound of skidding tires, followed by a car crash. The next time you heard such a skid, you might cringe in fear, expecting a crash to follow — suggesting that somehow, your brain had linked those two memories so that a fairly innocuous sound provokes dread.

Study: Brain identifies images seen for as little as 13 milliseconds

Imagine seeing a dozen pictures flash by in a fraction of a second. You might think it would be impossible to identify any images you see for such a short time. However, a team of neuroscientists from MIT has found that the human brain can process entire images that the eye sees for as little as 13 milliseconds — the first evidence of such rapid processing speed.

Researchers discover molecule that protects the brain from cannabis intoxication

Two INSERM research teams led by Pier Vincenzo Piazza and Giovanni Marsicano (INSERM Unit 862 "Neurocentre Magendie" in Bordeaux) recently discovered that pregnenolone, a molecule produced by the brain, acts as a natural defence mechanism against the harmful effects of cannabis in animals.

Study: Well-connected hemispheres of Einstein's brain may have sparked his brilliance

The left and right hemispheres of Albert Einstein's brain were unusually well connected to each other and may have contributed to his brilliance, according to a new study conducted in part by Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk.

Inner speech speaks volumes about the brain

Whether you're reading the paper or thinking through your schedule for the day, chances are that you're hearing yourself speak even if you're not saying words out loud.

Video: Plug wants to be the brain of your devices

CGC has introduced the Plug, a small adapter designed to act like a central "brain" across multiple devices.

Daydreaming simulated by computer model

Scientists have created a virtual model of the brain that daydreams like humans do.

Video: LEGO bricks with a Raspberry Pi brain

BrickPi - which recently surfaced on Kickstarter - is a platform that converts a standard Raspberry Pi into a robot.

Wireless, broadband brain sensor created

Engineers at Brown University have developed a wireless, broadband fully implantable brain sensor that is rechargeable, and has performed well in animal models for more than a year.

Humans have unique brain structures

Humans have at least two functional networks in their cerebral cortex that aren't found in rhesus monkeys, and which appear to be unique.

Artificial brain 'Spaun' passes IQ tests

Researchers at the University of Waterloo, Canada, have built the world’s most sophisticated artificial brain to date. 

Is the universe built like the internet?

The universe may be structured a lot like the human brain and even the internet, and similar laws may govern its growth.

What made Einstein's brain cleverer than yours

Scientists have examined newly-discovered photographs of Albert Einstein's brain, and discovered several unusual features that they say may help explain his genius.

Complex brains much older than thought

Complex brains evolved much earlier than previously believed, the discovery of a 520-million-year-old fossilized arthropod has shown.

Slime molds have memory - without a brain

University of Sydney researchers have shown that brainless slime molds can remember where they've been and navigate a maze using excreted chemicals as a memory system.

Autonomous flying robot has a honey bee brain

UK scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex have kicked off an ambitious project to produce the first accurate computer model of a honey bee brain.

How fear can be erased from the brain



Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden have determined that emotional memories can be effectively erased from the human brain.

Different memories stored in dead rats' brains

The neuroscience professor who three years ago succeeded in storing information in slices of brain tissue has now been able to do the same thing for different types of memory.