There is no ironclad guarantee that signing up to hurtle your body at 500+ mph several miles above the ground will result in safe passage to your destination.
This is your brain on rye.
The Monster Dreamer uses a sensor-equipped headset to interpret children's reactions to various creatures and create a 3D-printed toy that contains the features they find most interesting.
Imaging technology has advanced to the point where a brain scan can detect a lie with up to 90 percent accuracy. That's not good enough for the courtroom...yet.
Irrational tendencies mark human existence. Some can be of service to you, such as the phenomenon of honoring what economists call “sunk costs.”
I'm very optimistic that we can make breakthroughs precisely by trying to take steps in the direction of a more integrated, contextualized neuroscience of consciousness.
The brain imaging technique "everyone's been waiting for" has arrived, and may speed up brain anatomy research "by 10 to 100 times."
So we have no idea what happens after we die, and I’ve taken that lack of our knowledge as an opportunity to write fiction about it. I have a book called Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives , and the idea is to shine a flashlight around the 'possibly' space to illustrate how interesting is the ...
Recent studies suggest that Americans might be the worst research subjects on the planet. As one writer put it recently, "researchers had been doing the equivalent of studying penguins while believing that they were learning insights applicable to all birds.”
A few years ago, at mile 20 of my second marathon, I promised myself I would never again run a 26.2 mile race. I had trained impeccably, ran my first mile a little slower than goal pace, as everyone advises, and was primed to shave seven minutes off my previous time and traverse the five boroughs ...
We know very little for certain about how TV or iphones affect people at any age, for better or worse. But there's reason to be skeptical about new products designed to make us and our children smarter.
Our prehistoric ancestors are the ones who did the heavy mental lifting for which we owe our expanded frontal cortexes. So who has the right brain for today?
The amygdala is a part of the brain that plays a key role in processing emotions. How does the amygdala function differently in a psychopath's brain from that of a normal person?
What's the Big Idea? The Internet has a terrible habit of misquoting Einstein on energy and creativity until he sounds like he’s the author of The Secret, not the theory of relativity. Here’s something he actually did say. Describing the effect of music on his inner life, he told a friend: “When ...
What's the Big Idea? Isaac Newton defined the optical spectrum, but it was Goethe who first understood that color is more than just a physical problem. In Theory of Colours (1840), the German writer and painter examined phenomena like colored shadows, refraction, and chromatic aberration, as ...