Neuroscience

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 21.04.2015 | 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 14.04.2015 | 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 27.01.2015 | 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...

Why Your Brain Needs Rest to Function and Three Ways to Create It

Magdalena Bak-Maier | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Tech
Magdalena Bak-Maier

Visual cortex, the part of your brain that is devoted to processing visual stimuli is the largest cortical tissue within the brain. It's serious brain real estate. No wonder. As the wise saying goes "A picture is worth a thousand words". Visual content is rich in information. In today's world it is also overwhelming.

Science Can Make Paralysed Rats Walk Again

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Tech

Scientists have found a way to make completely paralysed rats walk again using a form of electrical stimulation. The revelation is just one part o...

The Human Animal: The Savagery and Compassion Within

Katherine Templar Lewis | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Templar Lewis

It is time to stop separating humans from animals when attributing behavior. It is not about dividing ourselves into those who have risen above an animalistic past and those who are slave to it.

If the Brain Has Changed, Our Game Can't Remain the Same: Five Ways Brands Must Change

Dan Machen | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Tech
Dan Machen

Concern over technology affecting our brains persists - and is getting louder and more dystopian... we are connected more, but retaining less - how many phone numbers can you recall now?

Breaking the Cycle: Unlocking the Science of Bad Habits

Sophie Dundovic | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Dundovic

We all have habits that we want to change: eat less, exercise more, stay out of our overdrafts; but this is easier said than done. Why is it that bad habits are so hard to break and new 'good' behaviours are so hard to stick to?

The Next Supercomputer Will Be A Giant Human Brain

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Tech

This is where it all starts. We start making computers that think like humans and before you know it your coffee machine won't let you leave the house...

The Social Brain: Rethinking Our Use of Social Media

Sophie Dundovic | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Tech
Sophie Dundovic

With the social media boom that has transformed our lives in the last decade, it is no secret that the need to connect with one another is central to our day-to-day existence. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, among others, make it easy to communicate in an increasingly busy world, we are now able to Skype across time zones and send videos as events happen.

Scientists Find Switch Which Makes You Sleep

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Tech

Scientists have found the part of the brain which controls your consciousness, effectively discovering a 'on/off' switch which makes you fall asleep. ...

What Is Epilepsy?

Christophe Bernard | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christophe Bernard

Epilepsy is the most frequent neurological disorder after migraine. It affects 1-2% of the world population. Thirty percent of patients with epilepsy are resistant to treatments. But what is a seizure? This question has been an enigma for patients, their relatives, researchers, and doctors for centuries.

How Sound Affects the Flavour of Your Beer

Victoria Ferran | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ferran

Award-winning drinks writer Pete Brown has been demonstrating how sound influences flavour with his beer and music pairing events. He picks a variety of different brews and lets the audience test them out (all in the name of science, of course) whilst listening to different genres of music.

Researchers Erase Memories In Rats, Then Bring Them Back

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Tech

Imagine never being claustrophobic ever again, or curing a fear of roller coasters? Well researchers at the University of California are now one step ...

Memories Are Worth Fighting for - the 21st Century Way

Troy Seidle | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Troy Seidle

Progress is urgently needed in understanding Alzheimer's disease and in finding effective treatments. Available drugs can help stabilise memory loss and confusion for a few months in about half of patients, but no preventative treatments exist and none that slow the inexorable development of the disease.

Mindfulness - Wake Up and Pay Attention!

Ruby Wax | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

I'm thinking about how angry I am that someone in London fixing my bathroom has put in a shower tray rather than a flat-tiled floor. I'm sitting in this perfection, attempting to practise being mindful, focusing on the beauty before my eyes but no, I'm dragged back to the shower tray saga and getting more and more angry. I'm trying with all I've got to not hate myself for being so shallow.

Phew: Scientists Say It Is Impossible To Build A Conscious Robot

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Tech

There is good news today in humanity's struggle to avoid a nightmarish robot dystopia. Scientists have determined that it is probably mathematicall...