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Today’s Solutions: June 24, 2024

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Scientists map the mysteries of the brain in more detail than ever before

Google researchers revealed a wonderfully precise map of a portion of the human brain, marking a significant step forward in neuroscience. This astonishing feat, published in the journal Science and available online, provides unique insights into the complex architecture of brain cells, Read More...

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The art and science of mastering the "flow state”

Flow, also known as being "in the zone," is a state of heightened creativity that leads to unprecedented productivity and pleasant consciousness. Psychologists believe it may even hold the key to long-term happiness, acting as the brain's fast lane to achievement in a variety of fields, including Read More...

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This is your brain on music

Music does something to humans like no other animal. The rhythm gets inside our bodies and we can’t help but move along with the bass, or sing our heart out to that catchy chorus. Scientists from the University of Tokyo wanted to uncover exactly what is going on in our brain to cause this Read More...

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Virtual reality may just revolutionize how neuroscientists study the brain

A team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany is using virtual reality to help us shed some light on one of the world’s greatest mysteries: emotions and our human brains. For years, researchers have struggled to figure out how Read More...

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Modelling AI from nature’s own supercomputer: The brain

AI and machine learning are to thank for transforming the world around us; from our phones to medicine, transportation, and even our toilets! Unfortunately, the huge rise in this field is coupled with a lot more energy expenditure to power these complex machines─not the most ideal situation with Read More...

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This science-backed playlist is full of songs that will give you chills

We all have those special songs we go back to every now and then if we want to get a good dosage of “chills”—that powerful emotional response reflected by a pleasurable sensation of tingles, and even goosebumps. But what exactly is it that makes our bodies respond that way to a piece of Read More...

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Tiny light-shooting tool may offer new insights into human brain activity

While fundamental to everything our body does, the complex networks created by neurons in the brain are still not completely understood by scientists. However, getting a good grasp of how these networks are creating by neural signals is key to treating problems such as epilepsy, depression, and Read More...

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Taking longer breaks while learning may help boost your memory

As many of us probably know, cramming a huge amount of information the day before an exam can be a fruitless undertaking, with most of the knowledge we have painstakingly gained disappearing from our heads soon after. That’s why studying with longer intervals can be very helpful in retaining Read More...

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Magic mushrooms may help repair neural links harmed by depression

We have previously written about the potential medical applications of psilocybin — a naturally occurring compound found in some mushrooms. Last year, for instance, we shared the findings of a Yale study that showed promising results regarding the effect of magic mushrooms on migraines. Also Read More...

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Brain-computer interface enables paralyzed man text with his thoughts

Neuroscientists from Stanford University have just made history by successfully converting brain activity related to handwriting into actual text in real-time. The team, working together with the BrainGate consortium, achieved the feat thanks to a new brain-computer interface (BCI) that could Read More...