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How Poverty Taxes the Brain

In a series of experiments run by researchers at Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Warwick, low-income people who were primed to think about financial problems performed poorly on a series of cognition tests, saddled with a mental load that … Continue reading

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Teachers as brain engineers

A study from the University of Washington found that when children with reading difficulties underwent an intensive tutoring program, their brains’ white matter strengthened, and their reading skills improved. The early years are when the brain develops the most, forming … Continue reading

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Having close friends may stave off mental decline

New research, published in the journal PLOS One, shows that keeping strong friendships into old age may stave off mental decline. Maintaining friendships into old age may keep us mentally agile, suggests new research. The new study was carried out by researchers … Continue reading

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What happens to the brain as we age?

Brain aging is inevitable to some extent, but not uniform; it affects everyone, or every brain, differently. Slowing down brain aging or stopping it altogether would be the ultimate elixir to achieve eternal youth. Is brain aging a slippery slope … Continue reading

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How Much Exercise You Need to Keep Your Brain Healthy

There’s no question that exercise is good for the body, and there is growing evidence that staying physically active can help slow the normal declines in brain function that come with age. Health groups recommend that adults try to get … Continue reading

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Why it hurts to see others suffer – Pain and empathy linked in the brain

The human brain processes the experience of empathy – the ability to understand another person’s pain – in a similar way to the experience of physical pain. This was the finding of a paper that specifically investigated the kind of … Continue reading

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How Learning a second Language is good for your Brain

Over the past few years, you might have noticed a surfeit of articles covering current research on bilingualism. Some of them suggest that it sharpens the mind, while others are clearly intended to provoke more doubt than confidence, such as … Continue reading

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Loneliness in the brain: cells with feelings of isolation

Humans, like all social animals, have a fundamental need for contact with others. This deeply ingrained instinct helps us to survive; it’s much easier to find food, shelter, and other necessities with a group than alone. Deprived of human contact, … Continue reading

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Philosophy of the Brain: The Brain Problem

“What is the mind?””What is the relationship between brain and mind?”These are common questions. But “What is the brain?” is a rare question in both the neurosciences and philosophy. The reason for this may lie in the brain itself: Is … Continue reading

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Empathy Imperiled: Capitalism, Culture, and the Brain

Empathy is putting oneself in another’s emotional and cognitive shoes and then acting appropriately. The evolutionary process has given rise to a hard-wired neural system, described as “the most radical of human emotions, that equips us to connect with one … Continue reading

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