MIND & BRAIN NEWS

Our brain sabotages all efforts at breaking bad habits

Johns Hopkins study finds: Our brain sabotages all efforts at breaking bad habits It hardly comes as a surprise that we’re our own worst enemies, but new research appears to conclusively prove that our brain is the biggest saboteur of success, and leads to self-deception on a grand scale. The culprit? Dopamine. As some may know, dopamine is the chemical that gives us pleasure whenever we receive a reward. So

Your Brain May Work Differently in Winter Than Summer

The way your brain works may vary from season to season, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when people in the study did certain cognitive tasks, the ways that the brain utilizes its resources to complete those tasks changed with the seasons. Although people’s actual performance on the cognitive tasks did not change with the seasons, “the brain activity for the ongoing process varie[d],” said study author Gilles Vandewalle,

Scientists have built artificial neurons that fully mimic human brain cells

Researchers have built the world’s first artificial neuron that’s capable of mimicking the function of an organic brain cell – including the ability to translate chemical signals into electrical impulses, and communicate with other human cells. They could supplement our brain function. These artificial neurons are the size of a fingertip and contain no ‘living’ parts, but the team is working on shrinking them down so they can be implanted into

Mathematically Modelling How The Brain Makes Complex Decisions

Researchers have built the first biologically realistic mathematical model of how the brain plans and learns when faced with a complex decision-making process. Researchers have constructed the first comprehensive model of how neurons in the brain behave when faced with a complex decision-making process, and how they adapt and learn from mistakes. The mathematical model, developed by researchers from the University of Cambridge, is the first biologically realistic account of

Pain Produces Memory Gain

High heat improves recall of objects a year later, study finds… Pain can sear memories into the brain, a new study finds. A full year after viewing a picture of a random, neutral object, people could remember it better if they had been feeling painful heat when they first saw it. “The results are fun, they are interesting and they are provocative,” says neuroscientist A. Vania Apkarian of Northwestern University in