What Exercise Does For Your Big Dumb Brain

Exercise is good for you, duh. Perhaps less obvious is all the ways physical exercise is also good for your brain—how it improves memory, creativity, mood, and more. So even if you aren't looking to brag about marathon times or show off the body of a Greek god, you still have plenty of reasons to get off your butt. » 10/21/14 3:30pm 10/21/14 3:30pm

See Inside a Living Mouse Brain Thanks to Lasers and Carbon Nanotubes

The living brain has always been a tricky thing to study. How do you figure out what's going on without poking, prodding, and jostling the brain so much that it's not working right? A relatively non-invasive new technique developed by neuroscientists at Stanford and Massachusetts General Hospital uses a laser and… » 8/07/14 4:21pm 8/07/14 4:21pm

Scientists Have Located the Brain's On/Off Switch for Consciousness

Every one of us loses consciousness on a daily basis: it's called sleep. But scientists have never understood which part of the brain controls when you're conscious and when you're not. Now, researchers seem to have found it by coincidence while studying an epileptic patient—and used electronic brain stimulation to… » 7/06/14 9:00am 7/06/14 9:00am

Every Neuron in a Brain Recorded in 3D on a Millisecond Timescale

To learn how the whole brain works, it doesn't do to just record from one neuron—you want to know what every single neuron is doing every millisecond. Now scientists have invented a technique that can actually capture the 3D activity of an entire brain milliseconds at the time—possibly the most complete picture of… » 5/19/14 4:40pm 5/19/14 4:40pm

Brain-Buzzing Thinking Cap Can Make You Smarter or Dumber

People have been working on the concept of an electronic cap to supercharge your brain's learning ability for a while. But the one you see here, devised by a Vanderbilt team, has a funny (and potentially very abusable) trick: flip a switch, and it makes you more prone to mistakes and confusion. Don't show your… » 3/25/14 6:00pm 3/25/14 6:00pm

Scientists create system that shows your brain activity in 3D

University of California researchers have created a system that shows how the brain works in real time, allowing users to navigate right inside their own heads and see their neuronal activity firing in three dimensions, showing "real-time source-localized activity from electroencephalographic signals." » 3/14/14 11:27pm 3/14/14 11:27pm