Thinking Sensing and Behaving

Photograph of a man cleaning and taking care of a child at the same time
The brain works best with one job at a time, but daily life calls for multitasking, causing a “bottle neck” in the brain.
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Digital reading has been widespread for years — but how well are we absorbing it all?
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Donning a pair of 3-D glasses at the movies can us immerse in the action. But the technology that makes 3-D movies work has always existed inside our brains.
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Learn about the brain-altering effects of exercise and relaxation.
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And other neuroscience news for the week of July 8, 2020.
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Smelling salts can revive someone who fainted, and some athletes have been spotted taking a whiff during games. How does this centuries-old treatment work?
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Beautiful music doesn’t cause goosebumps — dangerous music does. At least, that’s what your brain thinks.
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Exposure to a certain single-celled parasite became the infamous face of ‘crazy cat people’ syndrome, but perhaps unjustly so.
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Artificial intelligence is helping neuroscientists understand human vision — which, in turn, can help engineers create better technologies.
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Retinal ganglion cells are the conduit between the eyes and the brain.
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One tiny region, the fovea, has more cells — and therefore sharper vision — than the rest of the eye.
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The hundreds of visible bumps that cover your tongue are not, in fact, taste buds.
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The brain may direct movement, but it’s motor neurons that make it happen.
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