Topic: Brain Science

April 24, 2017 Star-Nosed Moles - What star-nosed moles reveal about the specialized mammalian brain.
April 13, 2017 Night Owl Genes - Some night owls may have a mutation that lengthens their circadian clock.
April 12, 2017 Memorable Smells - How does our brain associate certain smells with vivid memories?
March 2, 2017 Memory Over Time - Learning how the brain links memories created days, months or years apart.
February 20, 2017 The Body’s Sense of Taste - Taste receptors are actually located all over the body, not just in the mouth.
February 3, 2017 Precise Memory - An electromagnetic device could improve our ability to remember details.
February 1, 2017 Illness & Sleepiness - A primitive neural switch may explain why illness makes us sleepy.
January 31, 2017 Long-Lasting LSD - Scientists decipher the key to LSD’s staying power.
January 18, 2017 Goal-directed Brain Cells - Bats have specialized neurons that help them navigate towards a target.
January 17, 2017 Monkey Metamemory - Neuroscientists investigate how humans ponder what we’ve learned by studying the brains of monkeys.
January 16, 2017 Killer Mice - Scientists discover a vertebrate brain circuit that triggers hunting, pouncing and biting.
January 10, 2017 Hummingbird Vision - Hummingbirds have vision that’s specially tuned to fast movement in every direction.
January 5, 2017 Sleepwalking Brains - A listener asks what's going on in the brain when someone is sleepwalking.
December 21, 2016 The Sociable Brain - Do social butterflies and wallflowers have different brain structures?
December 12, 2016 The Brain on Time - The brain chemical dopamine may regulate our perception of how fast time passes.
November 23, 2016 Deafness & Brain Structure - The brain architecture for processing sound is the same in deaf people as in hearing people.
November 21, 2016 Musician’s Dystonia - Neuroscientists are looking for the roots of musician’s dystonia, a condition similar to writer’s cramp.
November 18, 2016 Older Minds - The poorly focused mind may hold advantages in some kinds of problem-solving.
November 15, 2016 Stressed Spleen - What does the spleen have to do with anxiety?
September 30, 2016 Emotional Bumblebees - Can bees and other insects feel emotional?
September 22, 2016 Brain Voices - Scientists are beginning to reconstruct the words people hear based on electrical activity in their brains.
August 30, 2016 Visualizing Addiction - Sensors that light up in presence of neurotransmitters are helping unlock the secrets of drug addiction.
August 5, 2016 Teen Brains - Teen brains are much more developed in some areas than others.
August 2, 2016 Slow Motion Bias - Slow motion videos of violent encounters bias our interpretation of the events.
July 28, 2016 Alzheimer’s & Exercise - Exercise may promote healthy communication between blood vessels and brain cells.
July 21, 2016 Sperm Whale Messages - The click-like sounds made by deep-diving sperm whales carry personally identifying information.
July 20, 2016 Ecstasy Research - Can studying how certain Schedule I drugs work lead to insights about brain function?
July 6, 2016 Treating Brain Injuries - Researchers are testing a new way to transport therapeutic drugs to the site of traumatic brain injuries.
June 1, 2016 Scanning for Consciousness - A brain scanning technique could help determine levels of awareness experienced by patients in comas.
May 27, 2016 Psychadelics & Depression - Hallucinogenic drugs could lead to new treatments for intractable depression.
May 17, 2016 Mother’s Voice - Brain scans reveal the power of a mother’s voice on her child.
May 13, 2016 Sleep & Aging - Insomnia in older adults is due to a failure in brain circuitry.
May 10, 2016 Subconscious Visual Bias - A neuroscientist finds that subconscious stereotypes can lead us to see hostility in friendly faces.
May 5, 2016 Teen Brains - Teen brains are much more developed in some areas than others.
April 25, 2016 The “First Night” Effect - What happens in our brains when we can’t fall asleep in new places.
April 21, 2016 Tracking Fastballs - To hit a fastball, a batter's brain has to predict when it'll come across the plate.
April 1, 2016 Adolescent Anxiety - Variations in a fear-controlling brain circuit could be a factor in adolescent anxiety disorders.
March 28, 2016 Retrieving Lost Memories - In a mouse model of early Alzheimer’s disease, scientists used light to trigger memories that the mice had forgotten.
March 11, 2016 Water Skiing Beetles - Specialized wings and claws propel a beetle across water at breakneck speeds.
March 10, 2016 Aggressive Mouse Brains - Researchers probe the neural roots of violence by studying the brains of belligerent mice.
February 3, 2016 Performance Anxiety - Scientists pinpoint regions of the brain that work together to trip us up when we’re being scrutinized.
January 25, 2016 Casino Rats - Studying how rats respond to the same cues that encourage people to make unwise bets could lead to better treatments for problem gambling.
January 22, 2016 Habit Forming Brain Cells - Neuroscientists report on some brain circuits that are habit forming.
January 8, 2016 Reversing Blindness in India - A project that restores sight to blind people in India is highlighting the resiliency of the human brain.
January 7, 2016 Medical Roundup - Slowing Alzheimer’s disease by cleansing the brain of toxic proteins; also, new findings on a sweet-tooth hormone.
December 22, 2015 Science Breakthroughs of 2015: The Lymphatic Brain - Science Breakthroughs of 2015: An unexpected finding in the brain.
December 14, 2015 Computer Learning - Scientists reverse-engineer the human learning process to help computers think more creatively.
November 25, 2015 Focusing in on Attention - Functional MRI brainscans could identify attention deficit disorders in the resting brain.
October 28, 2015 Two Person MRI - Neuroscientists are studying interactions by squeezing two people into an MRI scanner.
October 14, 2015 Placebos & Depression - People who respond better to fake medicine may also get more relief from the real thing.