Neuroscience

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

Magdalena Bak-Maier | Posted 13.10.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 03.09.2014 | 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...

Playing Video Games Makes Your Brain 'Thicker' - And That's A Good Thing, Says Science

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Tech

Playing video games makes you thicker. And that's a good thing. A study study shows that there is a strong correlation (not actually a causal li...

The Art of Loneliness

Aaron Vallely | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Aaron Vallely

Having a friend die young, one realizes that their own existence is not guaranteed simply because of their youth. It might seem obvious, but it can be easily overlooked. Friendship is a quintessential and resplendent activity for each of us all, indeed, a luxury for the living. T

Ripping Into Awareness: Mindfulness Meditation on the Fly

Dianna Dunbar | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dianna Dunbar

"Let it rip... Do it to me. Teach me this meditation stuff!"... I looked at the man sitting before me: brilliant, driven, major health problems, too wildly busy to be sick, so overcommitted that running in ten different directions simultaneously is the norm. Sound familiar at all?

The Promise of Placebos - and the Promise Beyond?

Tony Lobl | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

"The placebo effect is real, quantifiable and in fact you're doing quite well with an active therapy if you can get as good a response as the placebo response," said Professor Jon Stoessl, director of the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre at the University of British Columbia.

First There Was IQ, Then There Was EQ, Now There Is GQ

Nia Joynson-Romanzina | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Tech
Nia Joynson-Romanzina

Even if you don't buy the science, wouldn't it be great to be Gender Intelligent? Wouldn't greater intelligence on gender differences/non-differences benefit us all, men and women, in the workplace and in our private lives? Hands up who would like to work for a Gender Intelligent organisation?

Why Your Dog Loves You

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We're terribly fond of anthropomorphising our pets, but what actually goes on inside the heads of dogs? Do they love us because we give them food or i...

Science Museum Takes on History of Mental Illness Treatment in Compelling New Exhibition

Victoria Sadler | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Sadler

Mental illness, how it is caused and what we can do to treat it is a pressing issue in contemporary society. Psychology has not always been perceived as a science in the outside world but in this fascinating - and free! - exhibition, the Science Museum has brought the scientific assessment and treatment of mental illness centre stage.

Five Reasons I am Grateful for My Anxiety

David Mochel | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Anxiety serves as a cue to reconnect with the miracle of existence. It is not an exaggeration to say that I am genuinely grateful for the role anxiety now plays in my life.

Are Men Better Wired to Read Maps or Is It a Tired Cliché?

The Conversation UK | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Conversation UK

Any sex difference could plausibly be due to difference in the time-course of development between men and women. But, in general, it isn't the technical details which I am equipped to critique. It's a fair assumption to believe what the researchers have found, so let's turn instead to how it is being interpreted.

Dear Internet, I'm Just Going For A Walk. I May Be Some Time.

Bidisha | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bidisha

At the end of 2013 I will be stepping away from blogging until June 2016, by which time I'm sure blogging will be obsolete. It feels excellent to discard a cultural practice which sounds and has begun to feel like a combination of bragging, slogging, slobbing, blabbing, blubbing, gobbing, gagging, dragging and blagging.

The July Royal Baby - Does the Month of Birth Predict a Child's Future?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

You might consider that being born a royal means you are born lucky - are some people indeed born lucky? The luckiest people alive - or at least people who believe they are lucky - are born in May. The Royal baby, it appears, has missed out being born in May by around two months - how unlucky is that?