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The Brain: A Radical Rethink Is Needed to Understand It

Understanding the human brain is arguably the greatest challenge of modern science. The leading approach for most of the past 200 years has been to link its functions to different brain regions or even individual neurons (brain cells). But recent research increasingly suggests that we may be taking completely the wrong path if we are […]

Like Video Games, Your Brain Has a Physics Engine That Simulates the World

Picture this: you’re standing in front of a pile of glistening avocados at a grocery store. You snatch one up, put it in your cart, and wheel off dreaming of nachos and guacamole — a completely effortless interaction. Now ask yourself: how did you know which avocados you could pick up without toppling the entire pile? Not so simple, huh? To answer the question, neuroscientists are taking a hint from game developers. Much like physical… read more

Scientists Complete the Most Detailed Map of the Brain Ever

To me, maps always conjure up a sense of exploration. Back in the Age of Discovery, rudimentary maps allowed European explorers to sail into the vast unknown. They began charting new worlds, and in turn, made newer maps that helped future generations better understand the lands and seas that cover our world. Now, thanks to a new — if slightly different — type of map, we may be approaching a new age of discovery. One that… read more

How the Power to Control Objects With Our Minds Stopped Being Science Fiction

The recent announcement that a young paralysed man in Ohio in the US named Ian Burkhart managed to regain the use of his fingers after having a chip implanted in his brain is an exciting step forward for science and healthcare. In fact, you may now be wondering how long it will be before we can unlock a door, turn on a kettle, or even send an email simply by thinking about it? The Ohio breakthrough used a technique called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify the pattern of electrical impulses in the part of the brain that controls… read more