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The Science of Intuition: Our Hart Has It's Own ‘Intelligence’

We all know the difference between good vibes and bad vibes, but what is really happening at a scientific level when we talk about “vibes”? Or what about when we know someone is a bad person and can feel it in our gut, only to later ...

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The Case Against Reality
A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sound...
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What God does to your brain

When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch atheist, while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan nuns, whose brains I’d also scanned, Kevin’...

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What’s Really Going on in PTSD Brains? Experts Suggest New Theory

For decades, neuroscientists and physicians have tried to get to the bottom of the age-old mystery of post-traumatic stress disorder, to explain why only some people are vulnerable and why they experience so many symptoms and so much ...

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Is the Universe Conscious? Prominent Scientists Say Yes

For centuries, modern science has been shrinking the gap between humans and the rest of the universe, from Isaac Newton showing that one set of laws applies equally to falling apples and orbiting moons to Carl Sagan intoning that “we ...

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Psychedelics and the Meaning Of Life

Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongu...

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Scientists Successfully Tune the Brain to Alleviate Pain

Scientists at The University of Manchester have shown for the first time that if the brain is 'tuned-in' to a particular frequency, pain can be alleviated.

Chronic pain — pain which lasts for more than six months — is a real pro...

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The Neuroscience of Staying Focused: 7 Techniques to Avoid Distraction

How many things are vying for your attention right now? Your phone? Email? Slack? Twitter? That nagging to-do list that just seems to keep growing?

Modern technology has given us so many amazing things, but one of the awkward si...

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How Can Theoretical Computer Science Inform Neuroscience?

I wish I knew!

Today, there’s a thriving interaction between TCS and physics (mostly centered around quantum computing, but also around, for example, phase transitions in random constraint satisfaction problems). There’s also a ...

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Children Shouldn't Sit Still in the Class, New Research Claims

Scientific evidence builds that taking brief activity breaks during the day helps children learn and be more attentive in class, and a growing number of programs designed to promote movement are being adopted in schools.

“We nee...

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From lullabies to live concerts: How music and rhythm shape our social behaviour

A universal sign of motherhood is the lullaby. The world over, mothers sing to their babies, whether Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, their favouritetunefrom the radio, or evenrandom notes. This universality creates the simple lullaby a f...

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Magic Mushrooms Put the Human Brain in Dream Mode and Facilitate Higher Thinking

The first time I took psychedelic mushrooms it was an accident.

I was in college, at a friend’s party. A European hippy buddy had brought a big bag and left them out. I ate a handful, thinking it was some weird Euro trail mix or...

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Human Mind and Quantum Physics — A Strange Link
"I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there's no real problem, but I'm not sure there's no real problem."

The American physicist Richard Feynman said this about the notorious puzzles and parado...

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Neuroscience — Religion Shaped the Very Structure of Our Brains

Religion and neuroscience are not an obvious pairing. But earlier this week, a study published in Social Neuroscience demonstrated that spiritual feelings activate the neurological reward systems of devout Mormons. The study used fMRI...

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The Spirituality Hormone

The hormone oxytocin is perhaps best known for its role in feelings of love and social bonding. But a new study suggests it's involved in feelings of spirituality as well.

The study involved 83 men ages 35 to 64 who received eit...

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Consciousness On–Off Switch Discovered Deep in Brain

One moment you’re conscious, the next you’re not. For the first time, researchers have switched off consciousness by electrically stimulating a single brain area.

Scientists have been probing individual regions of the brain for ...

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Cannabis Treats ADHD Better Than Ritalin and Adderall, Researchers Conclude

The medical use of marijuana is no secret. It can be used to treat a number of ailments, chronic and short term.

According to a groundbreaking

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Study Confirms: The Words We Speak Can Literally Alter Our Brain

Recent studies report fascinating results: The words you choose to use can literally change your brain.

Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert, colla...

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What if PTSD Is More Physical Than Psychological?

A new study supports what a small group of military researchers has suspected for decades: that modern warfare destroys the brain.

In early 2012, a neuropathologist named Daniel Perl was examining a slide of human brain tissue w...

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Artificial Intelligence Will Redesign Healthcare

There are various thought leaders who believe that we are experiencing the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which is characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all ...

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