Why the Brain Loses Touch With Reality
Ever wonder why some people seem completely spaced out? It turns out half the normal population has a fold in the brain that makes their memories significantly less accurate.
What's the Latest Development?
A variation in a fold in the front of the brain accounts for why some people remember events very differently from how they actually happened, says a study just released from the University of Cambridge. Those who lacked the variation, called the paracingulate sulcus, were shown to have significantly weaker memories than those with the variation. Despite the experiment's results, all subjects judged themselves to have better-than-average memories.
What's the Big Idea?
The Cambridge researchers found that half the normal population lacks the variation that controls for accurate memory, which may help explain why memory is so notoriously unreliable. The results could also give insight into diseases like schizophrenia where patients have wild hallucinations that break completely with reality. It also begs the question of how much influence neuroscience will play in society as we come to understand more about the brain. Should witnesses to crimes be given MRI scans, for example?
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
We know the dangers of too little sleep. Now for the other side of the story.
- Western University researchers found that sleeping over eight hours per night results in cognitive decline.
- Oversleepers suffer similar difficulties on certain cognitive tests as those who sleep under seven hours.
- Not all the news is bad: One night of oversleeping results in a cognitive boost.
Firefighters in California are still struggling to contain several wildfires nearly one week after they broke out.
- Hundreds of people are still missing after three wildfires spread across Northern and Southern California last week.
- 48 of the 50 deaths occurred after the Camp Fire blazed through the town of Paradise, north of Sacramento.
- On Tuesday night, a fourth wildfire broke out, though it's mostly contained.
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