What happens inside the brain of a gambling addict when they make a bet?

What happens inside the brain of a gambling addict when they make a bet – and can the secret to their addiction be found within the brain itself? BBC Panorama filmed a unique experiment designed to find out. Wendy Bendel’s partner killed himself after struggling with a 20-year gambling addiction. In a confession he wrote for Wendy he singled out the high-stakes, high-frequency fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) found in bookmakers

What is so special about the human brain? Suzana Herculano-Houzel

The human brain is puzzling — it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: Why? Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel puts on her detective’s cap and leads us through this mystery. By making “brain soup,” she arrives at a startling conclusion. What is so special about the human brain? Why is it that

The most important lesson from 83.000 brain scans: Daniel Amen

Dr. Daniel Amen delivered impassioned talk on TED Scene in 2013, revealing the single most important lesson learned after studying 83,000 brain scans over the past 22 years. In this impassioned talk, Dr. Amen confidently states why he continues to put all criticism aside and value SPECT imaging for its ability to enhance diagnostic accuracy and thereby improve the treatment outcomes for his patients. In this talk, I’m going to

Artificial Intelligence can be Applied in Biomedical Science for Treatment of Cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Simulation of mechanisms of coding, data processing in biological systems at the molecular level provides promising tools for next generation cognitive systems with the capability of real-time response to the environmental signals. In her research, Dr. Tara Karimi apply biological coding to define algorithms for solving NP hard problems. In this TED Talk Dr. Tara Karimi is presenting the results and providing insights and applications for molecular sensors and implications

What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's: Lisa Genova

Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to be your brain’s destiny, says neuroscientist and author of “Still Alice,” Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease — and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer’s-resistant brain. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere

Your Brain Changes All the Time, but Being a Mom Changes It Forever

Mother’s bodies go through tons of changes before and after giving birth, but so do their brains! What really makes a mom’s brain different? Your brain and body undergo constant change and upheaval to keep up with your petty conscious wants. If you start running marathons for some reason, your brain and body have to change, if you go get a masters degree, your brain and body have to change

If Brains are Computers, Who Designs the Software? With Daniel Dennett

Cognitive science sees the brain as a sort of computer, but how does education redesign these cerebral computers? Cognitive scientist, philosopher, and expert on consciousness Daniel Dennett explains. There is widespread agreement among researchers in cognitive science that a human brain is some kind of computer, but not much like the laptop. If we look at perceptual experience, and education in particular, as a process of redesigning our cerebral computers,

What would happen if you didn’t sleep?

In the United States, it’s estimated that 30 percent of adults and 66 percent of adolescents are regularly sleep-deprived. This isn’t just a minor inconvenience: staying awake can cause serious bodily harm. Claudia Aguirre shows what happens to your body and brain when you skip sleep.

How Ketosis Can Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease: Amy Berger

Amy Berger, MS, CNS discusses her discusses her comprehensive ‘low-carb’ nutrition and lifestyle strategy to fight Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and cognitive decline. 02:16 The Alzheimer’s Brain: In a significant variant of Alzheimer’s, neurons in a certain region in the brain lose the ability to use glucose efficiently as a fuel. 03:54 Brain Fuel Metabolic Disorder: There may be a problem getting glucose into the brain or glucose in the

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Brain

The Human Brain is not solid. It’s soft and squishy similar to the consistency of soft tofu or soft gelatin. The typical brain is about 2% of a body’s weight but it consumes 20% of the total energy produced by the body.. During early pregnancy neurons develop at the rate of 250,000 neurons per minute.. There are approximately 100 billion neurons in the adult human brain.. Each neurons connects with