Neuroscience

Compassion: Universally Misunderstood

Professor Paul Gilbert OBE | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Paul Gilbert OBE

People can be frightened of compassion because they think it is a weakness or an indulgence. This is largely because they don't understand it and don't recognise the enormous value in realising the causes of suffering, and our own fragility.

The Psychology of 'Doctor Who'

Dr Sarita Robinson | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Dr Sarita Robinson

Although the Doctor appears to have a remarkable intellect, the Doctor does show a number of very human failings which might actually remind you of a certain sub-species of human. The Doctor can be grumpy, sulky, indecisive, engage in risky behaviours which place both him and his companions in danger as well as having quite an extreme sense of fashion.

What I Learned About Myself After Half a Year of Digital Detoxing

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Giving up my smartphone was the first step, and several weeks ago I decided to go deeper and declutter my home... I took a radical step and got rid of all tech devices at home, either moving them into my office (they're productivity tools after all, aren't they?) or selling them.

Neuroscience and the Similarities of Gender

Nick Clements | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Tech
Nick Clements

For me, modern neuroscience has thus far identified one definite difference between our brains - on average men's are slightly larger and weigh a little more. This is because men are on average slightly larger and heavier, doh!

Brain_manufacturing: The Perfect Design Based on Brain Activity

Merel Bekking | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Tech
Merel Bekking

I figured, if I really want to make something perfect, the best design in the world, I should exclude the emotions. I'll take a shortcut to perfection by using science instead of taste and personal preference. So if you would say you didn't like it, I could prove you wrong, because science sad so. Wouldn't that be nice?

The Effects of Stress on the Brain (and Why There Was No Lion) at Latitude Festival

Carmine Pariante | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Tech
Carmine Pariante

So, how does stress affect the brain? We seem to forget - certainly the audience was surprised to hear - that the stress response is an automatic survival response, designed to save our lives during life-threatening situations.

Why Are We Failing to Fund Mental Health Research?

Sam Crossman | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK Tech
Sam Crossman

Many fantastic mental health charities exist, which influence policy, address public attitudes and provide vital support to people living with mental illnesses. However, such organisations rarely finance research and as a result, charitable funding in the mental health sector is virtually non-existent.

Understanding Emotion

Araceli Camargo | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Tech
Araceli Camargo

The truth is that there are still many questions and confusion on the definition of emotion, both from the science and business communities. There is a lot more research that needs to be done to understand their full role and function, however, there is already a lot of compelling research that allows us to form a general picture on what an emotion is.

Turns Out You Don't Have Control Over Any Of The Decisions You Make

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Tech

Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Nigel Farage all have something in common with us -- bad decisions. Yes the level of terribleness differs for each ...

Why We're Chasing Our Tails

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Our mind is always 'flitting'. It's a leftover from the old days when our lives depended on it. Back then if we didn't keep flitting our focus in all directions, something with large teeth would have come up behind us and had us for lunch.

Science Just Unlocked The Key To Reading People's Minds

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Tech

Scientists are now able to read people's minds using MRI images of the brain that show specific patterns of neural activity. In an experiment condu...

Logging Into Your Email Using Just Your Brainwaves Is Now Possible, Apparently

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Tech

Passwords have become a common cause of woe in our hyper connected world of multiple accounts and devices, partly because of our inability to remember...

This Brain Altering Gadget Quite Literally Zaps You Into A Good Mood

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Tech

Achieving calm in the eye of a storm usually takes some serious mental power and even then, it's not always possible. Well a new gadget Thync, whic...

It's Happened...Scientists Are Now Growing BRAINS In Petri Dishes

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Tech

Scientists have found a way to grow brain cells using human skin samples. No, this is not the opening line of a science fiction story featuring a f...

Watching 3D Films Can Actually Make You Smarter

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Tech

Watching movies is a pastime that often gets a lot of stick primarily because most of us think it's a mindless activity. Well we have some good ne...

Women Are Not Their Vaginas: On the Feminism of Naomi Wolf

Dr Finn Mackay | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Dr Finn Mackay

Unlike Wolf, I cannot put my faith in an Enlightenment neuro-sexism that sets out to 'prove' that women's brains are pink and men's brains are blue. This is a pseudo-science that creates what it claims to report and diverts attention away from the real truth we should be putting under the microscope.

Why Ireland Should Vote for Marriage Equality

Aaron Vallely | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

The minds of the Irish people have become inflamed by fiery debate on the issue of Marriage Equality. In two weeks, our country takes to the polls to vote on Marriage Equality, and should it pass, could make not only Irish history, but world history, by being the first country to legally enact it by popular vote.

Pavlov's Purple: Why Logos Make Me Hungry

Dr. Margaret Leitch | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Margaret Leitch

The discussion of food cues and appetite is not new. Pavlov could be considered the grandfather of psychology, along with his bells, dogs, and ability to teach animals to salivate to ringing sounds in addition to dinner food.

Gender Equality and Diversity: Inspiring Women to Vote

Vicky Bullen | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Vicky Bullen

For me, the last couple of months there has been a lot of reflection on issues of gender equality and diversity.

Mindfulness Is More Than Just Focus

Dr David Cox | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr David Cox

When you spend time observing your thoughts, you start to realise that that's all they are - thoughts. And then you notice things about them - not just their content, but also their emotional payload, their frequency, patterns in which ones you have when and why.

How I Rescued My Brain

David Roland | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Roland

In July 2009, early one morning, I was wandering around the house fully dressed when I asked my wife (she later told me): "What am I supposed to be do...

What Does Neuroscience Say is Wrong With HR?

Amy Brann | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Brann

When you look at some organisations you see core principles cascading through everything they do. This tends to be more likely in a small or an entrepreneurial company but it doesn't have to be limited to here. It is undesirable from a brain perspective to have conflicting messages coming you from every direction.

An Announcement...

Ruby Wax | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

You can tweet, blog, bitch and bore people senseless at dinner parties on how to improve the world but really in my opinion, what has to change first, is our thinking. The conflict is in our minds and we project onto the world as if something out there is making us feel demented.

The Science of Smell

Matthew Hussey | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Tech
Matthew Hussey

Our sense of smell is more closely linked to memory and our past than any other, and can provoke strong emotional reactions that bring us closer together, but can also push us apart. Welcome to the science of smell.

Are Comedians Funny Because Their Brains Are Different?

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Tech

I am deep in the underground labs of University College London. I am in an MRI machine. I'm playing Radio 4's classic quiz game 'Just A Minute...