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5 Fascinating Ways Music Affects Your Brain

Have you ever noticed that you get twice as much work done when you have your headphones in? No, it’s not all in your imagination — you actually do get more work done with your headphones in. But the power of music doesn’t stop there. Music has the ability to manipulate so much about how we perceive the world around us.

Neuroscience in the News: The Science Behind Forgiveness

Are you the type of person who finds it easy to forgive others? Or are you more inclined to hold a grudge? That question can be hard for many to answer, as deciding to forgive someone is usually based on a few questions: Did that person mean to cause me harm? What’s my relationship to that person? Have they ever wronged me before? A new study from the University of Vienna, in Australia, and Boston College, in Massachusetts, is hoping to determine exactly how the answer to those questions affects our brain at its most basic chemical level.

Quick History of Neuroimaging

Humans have dedicated thousands of years to studying and observing the brain, gaining more knowledge every century. Here is a look at how far we've come - from drilling holes into the brain to noninvasive digital imaging techniques.

Dementia Research Furthered by MRI Scans of ‘Super agers’

Though memory loss is natural and common, researchers are now realizing it is not universal and possibly even preventable.

The Neuroscience Behind Poor Decision Making

Have you ever walked into your house from the store, opened your bags and asked yourself, “Why did I buy this?” That is exactly the phenomenon Paul Glimcher, a neuroscientist at New York University, is trying to understand - why do we make poor economic decisions?

MRI Scans Reveal How Traumatic Events Affect Our Memories

PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is something all too common for around 5.4 million people in the United States.
 As we finish out Mental Health Awareness Month, take a look at how the findings from a recent study using MRI scans may help improve treatment and rehabilitation for PTSD.

Brain Training: The End of the Prozac Generation

Are we moving into a post-pharmaceutical age in the treatment of neurological and psychiatric illness? If the flurry of wearable sensors, brain-computer interfaces, and non-invasive brain stimulation research are any measure, then the answer is “yes.”