New Alzheimer’s breakthrough restores memory in mice
  Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients. If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up... Read more
Train your Brain and get Synesthesia-Like Perception
For 95.6% of the people reading this, every word in this article (excluding hyperlinks) will appear black. The remaining 4.4% will have a different experience altogether. Perhaps the M’s will appear orange, while the A’s take on a violet hue. These individuals have a condition known as synesthesia, which... Read more
Adopted Children’s ‘lost language’ from infancy
You may not recall any memories from the first year of life, but if you were exposed to a different language at the time, your brain will still respond to it at some level, a new study suggests. Brain scans show that children adopted from China as babies into... Read more
Why You Should Listen to Music as Much as Possible
Everyone likes music, but many people are not exactly sure how it affects their brain. Yes, listening to a sad song after a break-up is as satisfying as listening to a summer hit when in a nightclub. It’s just satisfying in a totally different way. Music actually affects lots... Read more
What Is Muscle Memory, Exactly?
There are things that you just know how to do. You know how to brush your teeth – you haven’t always, but you have been doing it for so long and so well that you basically let your hand take charge of looking after your pearly whites. Everyone has... Read more
Why Can You Read an Entire Page of a Book and Not Remember Anything?
It has happened to me. I read a book and then read the last sentence of the page. Suddenly, I realize that I have absolutely no idea what the entire page says. That has probably happened to you – it’s a really common phenomenon, and everyone knows what you... Read more
Do Brain Training Games Work?
If you are often forgetting where you put your keys, are terrible at remembering phone numbers, miss appointments because you are sure they are on a different time than they are actually on and in general feel like your memory is deteriorating or is simply not as good as... Read more
How Does Your Brain Make Decisions?
You make so many decisions a day, it’s kind of crazy. You make the decision of what to eat for lunch, for instance. You make the decision of which cereal to buy at the store. You make the decision to merge into the right lane or stay in the... Read more
In Shootouts, Goalkeepers Fall Prey to Flawed Logic
The recently-concluded 2014 World Cup yielded four knockout matches decided by the dreaded penalty shootout, a total reached just two other times in the tournament’s history. Few outcomes in sports are crueler than accepting defeat in such a fashion. But if teams are looking for a leg up in... Read more
What is a Nootropic?
Nootropics, also referred to as smart drugs, memory enhancers, neuro enhancers, cognitive enhancers, and intelligence enhancers, are drugs, supplements, nutraceuticals, and functional foods that improve mental functions such as cognition, memory, intelligence,motivation, attention, and concentration. Originally in order to be considered nootropic a compound would need to:  Enhance learning  Resist impairing agents  Facilitate interhemispheric transfers of information  Enhance resistance to brain “aggressions”  Increase tonic, cortico-subcortical... Read more
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