Neuroscience

How Digital Technologies Are Affecting Attention Systems

Araceli Camargo | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Tech
Araceli Camargo

American anthropologist, John Tooby, says attention would have been one of the earliest adaptations in the evolution of the human mind. As learning wh...

Psychiatry, The Brain and the Deep Blue Sea

Professor Sir Simon Wessely | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Tech
Professor Sir Simon Wessely

It has been said that there are still two great unexplored regions left on earth- the deep oceans and the human brain. But whilst much about how the ...

There Are More Connections in the Human Brain Than There Are Stars in Our Milky Way Galaxy...

Carmine Pariante | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Tech
Carmine Pariante

The debate on Mind vs. Brain has figured prominently in the recent public press. But the debate is misleading: few dispute that mental life is grounded in the complex circuits of connections between neurons (brain cells) and in their constant interaction with the world outside.

What Entrepreneurs Most Need to Know

Phil Parker | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Phil Parker

Last week I was invited to give the keynote speech to some of London's brightest entrepreneurs and start-ups. There's not much I could teach them tha...

The Answer to 'What Is Happiness'? Maybe

Ruby Wax | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

The question that remains the most perplexing of all isn't who shot Kennedy or what happened that made the Big Bang, bang. The most perplexing question of all is 'what is happiness?', and also 'how do you get some?' More books are written about it than everything else combined.

Using Science and the Creative Arts to Enhance Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being

Dr Ramya Mohan | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Ramya Mohan

'Creativity' is applicable to a broad spectrum with Science and Creative art on either end. Where and how the twain meet for the betterment of individuals, communities and cultures is the eternal question. The answer is surprisingly simple-in the fascinating conundrum called the human mind!

A Paralysed Man Can Now Play Guitar Hero Due To An Incredible Brain Chip

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Tech

A paralysed man has been able to move his hand for the first time after having a brain chip implanted two years ago. Ian Burkhart has gained movement ...

The Coming of Age of LSD

Amanda Feilding | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Tech
Amanda Feilding

It seems amazing that something so totally personal as ones level of consciousness could be considered an illegal act. But there is a turning of the tide both in policy and in scientific research, which has begun to recognise the value of these substances.

Want To Know If You Have 'Photographic Memory?' This Test Will Tell You

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Tech

Wouldn't life be a lot easier if you could look at your to-do list once and remember it for the rest of the day? Eidetic memory, the medical term for...

Building the Infrastructure for Innovation

Araceli Camargo | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Tech
Araceli Camargo

All of this innovation will need to be catalysed, honed, and hosted somewhere, i.e. spaces, buildings, cities. The actual infrastructure of innovation is something that rarely is mentioned, we know that innovation needs ideas, visionaries, tools, money etc, however it also has takes a physical embodiment.

Bodies, Brains and the Political Incorrectness of Falling in Love

David Bainbridge | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Tech
David Bainbridge

At a book festival a few months ago, I claimed that the evidence suggests that we underestimate how important a woman's intelligence is to men who are seeking a life-partner, whereas we overestimate how important a woman's breast size is. Over the coming days the UK press translated this into 'Cambridge Professor Says Brains More Important Than Boobs"...

Neuroscience and Architecture

Araceli Camargo | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Tech
Araceli Camargo

The to and fro between our brain and environmental stimuli shapes and influences every aspect of who we are.

The Blank Slate, Still Intellectual Ammo After 13 Years

Thomas Moorton | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Tech
Thomas Moorton

Morally the blank slate is indefensible as well as intellectually. Is it better to say that discrimination is wrong because everyone is indistinguishable, or that we have free will because people's actions are mysterious? Well no Dr. Pinker rightly points out.

Love And Loss: I Am Not Okay, But Neuroscience Can Help

Jojo Furnival | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

These were some of the last words I said to my beautiful boyfriend on Thursday afternoon, eyes swollen and soaked with tears, as he seriously debated whether or not to get hit by a car so that he could stay with me in the UK instead of boarding his flight home to Brisbane, Australia.

I Just Found a Small Bit of Popcorn in my Daughter's Bum Cleavage #popcornbum

Jill Finch | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Parents
Jill Finch

It was rediscovered by my husband, ahem, and then quickly forgotten again until daughter was born. Whilst poring over every gorgeous inch of her lovely marshmallowy-soft baby body, we discovered she had inherited a money pocket.

How Curiosity Makes Us Smarter

Araceli Camargo | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Tech
Araceli Camargo

What drives us to become more motivated, creative, or intelligent? These questions have plagued philosophers and scientists for thousands of years and they continue to fuel scientific investigation. Especially now, as we are confronted with increasingly complex problems. However, these questions are just outcomes of something more core, curiosity.

Scientists Hope To Resurrect A Dead Girl Who Wanted To Live Inside A Computer

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Tech

Kim Suozzi died at age 23 from glioblastoma -- a deadly brain tumour. When she died in 2013, she made sure her fight for survival, albeit an unusua...

Why Memory Competitions Aren't Memorable

Nelson Charles Dellis | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Tech
Nelson Charles Dellis

In a world where there's a competition for practically every single oddity, for some reason memory competitions (the one you might think to be the most relevant to the ordinary person) get no love. Why?

The Refugee Crisis and the Spider-Goat: Editing the empathy gap

Bex Felton | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK
Bex Felton

The boundary of Human Possibility is a soft-edged thing, really. It changes for all of us, at different rates, as our personal universes expand and co...

Compassion: Universally Misunderstood

Professor Paul Gilbert OBE | Posted 25.08.2016 | 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 06.08.2016 | 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 31.07.2016 | 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 26.07.2016 | 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 23.07.2016 | 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 22.07.2016 | 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.