MIND & BRAIN NEWS

How Love Happens in Your Brain

A study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans found that love activates the brain’s reward system in the same way as cocaine or nicotine. If you’ve ever fallen madly, passionately, head over heels in love, then you know the frustratingly crazy and wonderful traits that go along with the condition: sweaty palms, heart palpitations, tongue tied, can’t think straight, and butterflies in the stomach whenever the object of your

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

Aluminum exposure may cause Alzheimer’s

Scientists now say lifelong exposure to aluminum, a neurotoxin present in deodorant, tinfoil, and other common household items, may contribute to Alzheimer’s. While research is still being conducted, the scientific community has begun to look more at environmental factors than genetics in our fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia. RT correspondent Brigida Santos joins RT’s Simone Del Rosario to explain these findings. There is a study titled “Aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease:

Brain & Consciousness

John Searle one of the world’s great philosophers of mind and language, has spent fifty years stimulating thinking around the world. What he says about consciousness as a biological phenomenon will surprise you!  “Consciousness is a curiously neglected subject, both in our scientific and our philosophical culture. it is the most important aspect of our lives for a very simple, logical reason, namely, it’s a necessary condition on anything being important in our lives

People with increased risk of schizophrenia are more likely to use marijuana

People at increased risk of schizophrenia are more likely to use marijuana, reports a recent study. Earlier this year, experts warned on the elevated risk of psychosis in people who use cannabis, especially those who are mentally vulnerable. International drugs experts noted that even if not everyone who smokes marijuana develops psychosis, there are high chances for vulnerable ones to develop the condition, which could be huge public health concern.

Brain Scanning Just Got Very Good—and Very Unsettling

Seven years ago, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) decided to map all the connections in the brain. In 2010, the Human Connectome Project (HCP) was born. It has provided funding to the tune of $40 million to two collaborating consortia whose aim was to acquire and share high-resolution data of structural and functional connections in the human brain. The researchers have sought to understand, on a scale never before attempted, the

Human Connectome Project

The Human Connectome Project (HCP) is a five-year project sponsored by sixteen components of the National Institutes of Health, split between two consortia of research institutions.  The goal of the Human Connectome Project is to build a “network map” (connectome) that will shed light on the anatomical and functional connectivity within the healthy human brain, as well as to produce a body of data that will facilitate research into brain

How Hunter Kent conquered depression and became her own hero

Depression is a mood disorder that affects the way you think, feel, and behave. It causes feelings of sadness or hopelessness that can last anywhere from a few days to a few years. This is different than being upset about a minor setback or disappointment in your day. Some people may experience mild depression only once in their lives, while others have several severe episodes over their lifetime. This more

Rewiring your brain : Neurohacking

Don Vaughn, a UCLA PhD Student and DJ, gives us the inside scoop on the amazing powers of the human brain. Inside each one of us is a beautiful symphony. 100 billion neurons firing in concert, constructing this vivid reality we are living in..and inside each little piece of that neural activity lives a little bit of what makes you, you. After your experiences today, that activity will have shifted