Are the brains of atheists different to those of religious people? Scientists are trying to find out

Atheists may think more analytically than religious people, but it is far from proven.

Miguel Farias, Associate Professor in Experimental Psychology, Coventry University • conversation
Jan. 18, 2021 ~9 min

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How does your brain wake up from sleep?

The mystery of how the brain creates consciousness still puzzles scientists, but the mechanics of waking up are starting to be understood.

Aneesh Hehr, Medical Student, Wayne State University • conversation
Jan. 4, 2021 ~6 min

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Laughing is good for your mind and your body – here's what the research shows

Whether in the form of a discreet titter or a full-on roar, laughter comes with many benefits for physical and mental health.

Janet M. Gibson, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Grinnell College • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~8 min

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Neuralink: brain hacking is exceptionally hard, no matter what Elon Musk says

Decades of research have shown that the brain does not yield its secrets easily.

Andrew Jackson, Professor of Neural Interfaces, Newcastle University • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~7 min

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How to read coronavirus news and learn what you actually need to know about staying safe in the pandemic

Journalists use real people's stories to 'humanize' the news. But these tales – whether harrowing or heartwarming – can be misleading about the pandemic's greatest threats.

Thomas J. Hrach, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and Strategic Media, University of Memphis • conversation
Sept. 2, 2020 ~7 min

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Brain scientists haven't been able to find major differences between women's and men's brains, despite over a century of searching

Attempts to find brain structures responsible for supposed cognitive sex differences have not succeeded.

Ari Berkowitz, Presidential Professor of Biology; Director, Cellular & Behavioral Neurobiology Graduate Program, University of Oklahoma • conversation
Aug. 6, 2020 ~8 min

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How the brain builds a sense of self from the people around us – new research

How does the brain distinguish between the "self" and the "other"? A new study gives a clue.

Sam Ereira, Postdoctoral researcher of Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL • conversation
July 3, 2020 ~7 min

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