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Going Mental Posts

Demystifying the human brain

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Going Mental

Neuroeconomics: In Oxytocin We Trust

almost 4 years ago

The concept of trust is in many ways the connective tissue of society—governing everything from our personal relationships to our common use of currency. Most, if not all, of the decisions we make every day rely on one form or another of trust. But what if our capacity for faith is simply the ...

Going Mental

How Neuroscience Is Changing the Law

almost 4 years ago

As leading-edge neuroimaging labs use scanners to reveal more and more details about how the brain works, their findings are increasingly affecting other fields as well. The legal system, in particular, is now being forced to assess the potential implications of new information about how issues ...

Going Mental

Can Computers Be Conscious?

almost 4 years ago

Computers have seem "mind-like" to people since they were invented in 1950s. In the early days they were widely called "electronic brains" for their ability to process information. But the similarity between computers and brains isn't just superficial: at their most fundamental levels, computers ...

Going Mental

ADHD and Stimulants: Brain Boost or Drug Abuse?

almost 4 years ago

The narrative of personal improvement is as American as baseball—almost as American as a fondness for illegal and prescription drugs. From steroids and human growth hormones on the baseball diamond to amphetamines in college libraries and quadrangles, performance enhancing drugs combine a desire ...

Going Mental

How Modern Life Affects the Brain

almost 4 years ago

Now that the Internet and the devices through which we connect to it have made ever-increasing amounts of information available to us all the time, scientists and social philosophers have begun to wonder whether our neural pathways can sustain the panoply of distractions that this information glut ...

Going Mental

How the Brain Fears

almost 4 years ago

Emotions are messy, complicated phenomena—not just for lovers, but for neuroscientists as well, because they combine cognition with physiology. Scientists once thought of emotion as a purely mental activity which elicited bodily responses, but they now see the mind and body as equally responsible ...

Going Mental

Speak, Memory: Language and the Brain

almost 4 years ago

In the field of neuroscience, we know far less about language than about other brain mechanisms like emotion, memory, or sensation. The inherent difficulty of studying language is that it is so closely linked to thought. There are certainly parts of the brain in which language is concentrated, but ...

Going Mental

Is Your Brain Addicted to Porn?

almost 4 years ago

Not long ago, scientists thought of the brain as being "hard-wired." Neural networks are formed at a young age and remain inflexible throughout the rest of one's lifetime, they believed. But one of the great discoveries of recent decades is that the brain remains highly adaptable, or plastic, even ...

Going Mental

The Brain in Love

almost 4 years ago

There are precious few love songs that mention the brain, which is unfortunate because the brain, according to research by biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, is at the heart of love. According to Fisher there are three components to love. The first is lust, or the craving for sexual ...

Going Mental

Braingasm: Sex and Your Synapses

almost 4 years ago

It is a cliché that the brain is the "largest sex organ," but the repetition of the phrase doesn't make it any less true. The mechanics of its role during sex are less obvious and less well understood than that of the body's other sex organs, but by using brain imaging scans, neuroscientists ...