Parrots are known for their intelligence, but why they should be so much smarter than other birds isn’t entirely clear. New research suggests parrots have an enlarged brain circuit responsible for higher-order thinking—a brain circuit with strikingly mammalian-like characteristics.
Researchers in the Netherlands have successfully tested a brain implant that allows a patient with late-stage Lou Gehrig’s disease to spell messages at the rate of two letters per minute.
Neuroscientists working on the Human Connectome Project have compiled the most accurate map yet of the human cerebral cortex. The researchers identified 180 distinct areas of the brain’s outer layer—effectively doubling the previous number of known regions.
Wow. So that happened.
Birds are capable of extraordinary behavioral feats, from solving complex puzzles to tool making. There may be good reason for that. A new study shows that, pound for pound, birds pack more neurons into their small brains than mammals, including primates.
New research shows the brain’s memory capacity is ten times greater than previous estimates. That means it’s in the petabyte range—which puts it close to World Wide Web territory.
This video shows us what happens when a kid has to judge someone else’s reaction. Surprisingly, even a baby can do this, and this test shows how scientists find that out.
The notion that musical training can have positive effects on cognitive functions other than music has long been a source of interest. Research first emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. Standardised assessments of IQ and musical ability suggested the two were correlated – and it was thought that…
There’s this persistent notion that we use a mere 10 percent of our brains at any given moment. If only we could tap into more of the magnificent, squishy machine in our heads, we’d become quicker, cleverer versions of ourselves.
The Turing Test, which is intended to detect human-like intelligence in a machine, is fundamentally flawed. But that doesn't mean it can't be improved or modified. Here are eight proposed alternatives that could help us distinguish bot from human.
When you think of the numbers 1–10, you probably envision them running along a line, with 1 on the left and 10 on the right. Scientists have long debated whether this tendency is hardwired or culturally instilled. This week, the hardwired camp scored a major point. Young chickens, it seems, also map numbers from…
Everything, actually. Artificial intelligence is poised to accompany humanity for the rest of its existence. We have a responsibility to make it safe. While we still can.
A major brain pathway first described in an 1881 neuroanatomy atlas — and then completely forgotten — has been rediscovered and confirmed by scientists using modern scanning techniques.
The human brain has been described as a massively parallel computing machine. But just how powerful is it? A recent brain scan analysis is offering some unexpected results.
People suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome are often told that their condition isn't real — that it's all in their head. It turns out this is true — but in a very literal sense. Researchers have learned that the brains of CFS patients have very specific brain abnormalities, a discovery that will lead to better…
As adults, we've learned to alter our behavior in the presence of angry people. But as this fascinating experiment reveals, even toddlers as young as 15 months have already figured this out.
Humans share basic emotions like anger, sadness, and joy with other animals. But for a long time, scientists argued that complex cognition is necessary for secondary emotions like jealousy and guilt. Owners see those emotions in their dogs all the time, however — and now it turns out they may be right.
Electronic engineers are emerging as important contributors to our understanding of the workings of the human brain — a scientific development that could lead to breakthroughs in medical treatments of brain disorders and artificial intelligence. But how is this even possible?
No, this isn't a petrified bowl of spaghetti — it's what the white matter in your brain looks like. The Franklin Institute 3D-printed this remarkably complex model for a new exhibit. Skeptics said it couldn't be done, but the finished product accurately reflects the 2,000 strands of nerve cells found in the brain.