Thinking & Awareness

Abstract painting of a woman meditating on a mountain
Neuroscientists are exploring the source of the brain benefits behind habitual meditative practices.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Your selections: Thinking and Awareness
Peering into the brains of people as they sing, brainstorm, and play is guiding neuroscientists to new insights into the neural underpinnings of creativity.
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Having a bigger brain does not guarantee more cognitive power.
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Why some tunes lodge in our brains isn't so clear. Here are a few theories.
  • Science Friday
Every day you taste many different things. Have you ever wondered how well you detect different tastes? Find out with this activity!
  • Scientific American
Our remarkable capacity for imagination requires complex neural networks.
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  • 5 min
While it’s difficult to study déjà vu directly in a laboratory, scientists can test how the brain responds to familiar faces and places.
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Ed Catmull, president of Pixar, gave a lecture at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting. What does movie making have to do with brain science?
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Mice, bugs and hamsters are no longer the only way to study the brain. Functional MRI (fMRI) allows scientists to map brain activity in living, breathing, decision-making human beings.
  • TED
  • 13 min
Beyond the Brain, David Brooks' op ed in today's NY Times (June 18), argues that Neuroscience will never explain everything.
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When two tasks demand competing attention, there is generally a switching that occurs between the neural processes involved, rather than concurrent processing as may be expected with true multitasking.
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In this lesson by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, students learn the likely causes of distracted driving and its possible effects.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
In an attempt to put mind over matter, researchers are beginning to decipher what exactly is happening in our brains when we are making decisions.
  • The Kavli Foundation

3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.