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Secret of brain control: Practice makes perfect

It turns out we learn to move a robotic arm or computer cursor with the same neurons we use to learn to ride a bicycle or catch a ball. On a neurobiological level, that deceptively simple truth could have profound effect on how future devices could help those who have suffered a stroke or paralysis.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:07am

Mindfulness meditation adapted for city life

Meditation can still a restless mind, better prepare us for the challenges life throws at us, even make us more creative. But did you know it can actually change the structure of your brain?

9 Jun 2013 - 2:37am

Japanese scientists can read dreams in breakthrough with MRI scans

Forget Freud and psychotherapy. You want to read dreams, get an MRI and a pattern recognition program for your computer. Researchers have managed what they said was "the world's first decoding" of nighttime visions.

7 Apr 2013 - 9:55am

Mapping human brain may unravel mystery of the mind

Although humans have explored the earth and gained insights into far flung reaches of the universe, our brains remain mysterious. Indeed, the human brain has been described as the most complex structure known to mankind.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:20am

Ask the Doctors

I have read that fasting (or eating very lightly) a couple of days per week can do wonders for one's health, and for the brain in particular. Is this true?

29 Jan 2013 - 9:09am

Brain uses tiny moment of shut-eye to rest, scientists find

Why do we spend 10 per cent of our waking hours with our eyes closed - blinking far more often than is necessary to keep our eyeballs lubricated?

Scientists have pried open the answer to this mystery, finding that the brain uses that tiny moment of shut-eye to power down.

29 Dec 2012 - 6:03am

Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard happiest man known to science

As he grins serenely and his burgundy robes billow in the Himalayan wind, it is not difficult to see why scientists declared Dr Matthieu Ricard the happiest man they had tested.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:16am

Cooking gave humans larger brains than primates, researchers say

If human beings had not invented cooking as a way of increasing the number of calories they consumed, they could only have evolved the 86 billion neurons in our big brains by spending an impossible nine hours or more each day eating raw food, according to a scientific paper.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

Childhood stimulation key to brain development, says study

An early childhood surrounded by books and educational toys will leave positive fingerprints on a person's brain well into their late teens, a 20-year research study has shown.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:19am

Study finds molecules that help long-term memory

A study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers has identified key molecules that help convert short-term memories into long-term ones.

11 Sep 2012 - 9:33am