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Neuroscience

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

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

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

Parasites thrive on mind control as zombie hosts seal their own doom

In the rainforests of Costa Rica lives a species of spider that sometimes displays a strange and ghoulish habit.

From time to time, the Anelosimus octavius abandon their own webs and build radically different ones - a home not for the spider but for a parasitic wasp that has been living inside it.

16 Dec 2012 - 3:51am

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

Rookie Mum: Sleep deprivation

My little boy, Tom, is a bad sleeper. We have had disrupted nights ever since he was born 14 months ago. Every time I manage to get him to sleep through the night and congratulate myself about it, sickness, teething or some mystery element strikes and turns my nights upside down again.

30 Sep 2012 - 2:50pm

Scientist finds nirvana in brain's bright spots

Some seek enlightenment in temples and monasteries; others turn to ancient writings or find answers in religion. But American social scientist Dr Jeffery Martin has a different approach: probing the brain.

Martin is on a quest to find out how enlightened minds work and whether a certain 'button' in the brain can be pressed that would unlock inner peace.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

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