Scientists Have Managed To Erase Memories In A Snail's Brain

Scientists Have Managed To Erase Memories In A Snail's Brain

A study has suggested it may be possible to delete memories that trigger anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), based on experiments in snails. The research was carried out by scientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and McGill University. The findings were published in the journal Current Biology. Part of the way brains create…

Language alters our experience of time

Language alters our experience of time

It turns out, Hollywood got it half right. In the film Arrival, Amy Adams plays linguist Louise Banks who is trying to decipher an alien language. She discovers the way the aliens talk about time gives them the power to see into the future – so as Banks learns their language, she also begins to…

Researchers Reveal The Multi-Dimensional Universe Of The Brain

Researchers Reveal The Multi-Dimensional Universe Of The Brain

The human brain is a convoluted labyrinth of passages in constant flux – routes are being created, strengthened, and deconstructed on a daily basis. On top of this, there are billions of neurons communicating with each other all day, every day via these ever-changing passages. At their junctions, there are synapses – about 1 quadrillion of them….

Crowds Get Wiser When They Talk To Each Other

Crowds Get Wiser When They Talk To Each Other

Groupthink, where incorrect opinions take hold in communities, may be less of a problem than often claimed. Instead, collections of people are more likely to come to the correct conclusion when they share their knowledge with each other than when making decisions in isolation, a new study suggests. In a world where data is expanding…

Could Brain Training Help Mend A Broken Heart?

Could Brain Training Help Mend A Broken Heart?

Training your brain using simple online activities might help alleviate the pain of a broken heart. By using computerized tests, one neuroscientist thinks you may be able to reprogram your brain to stop it from dwelling on a particularly hard break-up and prevent the ever-present danger of sending drunken texts or awkward voicemails. The suggestion is…

Genes May Influence One's Ability To Read People’s Emotions From Their Eyes

Genes May Influence One's Ability To Read People’s Emotions From Their Eyes

Social situations reveal pretty quickly which people are just “naturally” better at reading other people’s emotions than others. According to a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, this ability to read emotions just by looking at someone’s eyes may be influenced by one’s genes. The researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK, managed to pinpoint the…

Scientists Improve People's Creativity Using Electrical Currents To The Brain

Scientists Improve People's Creativity Using Electrical Currents To The Brain

Scientists have found a way to jumpstart creativity using electrical currents. To do so, they temporarily suppressed a part of the brain called the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), a region that plays a role in memory and reasoning, to help the participants think “out of the box”. However, this came at a cost. The team’s findings suggest that by suppressing the area of the…