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Tell me what music you like and I’ll tell you how you think – Music preference connected to cognitive style

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Do you enjoy the quiet, elaborate jazz rhythms, or are you more a metal fan? Is classical music your thing, or are you more into hip hop? That may say more about your personality than you think, according to a new research.

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Scientists identify 4 types of drunks – which one are you?

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Are you a Hemingway, a Nutty Professor, or a Poppins?? No, that’s not the latest Facebook game (although it’d be really fun to see one implemented), but it’s a classification introduced by researchers at the University of Missouri. Basically, depending on how your personality changes when you start drinking, they’ve defined 4 types: the Hemingways, the Mary Poppins, the Nutty

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This optical illusion will make you doubt your eyes

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There’s no image manipulation or processing of any type going on… so what’s happening? Obviously the people can’t be changing sizes, so something’s going on. It’s called an Ames Room, and it was invented by American ophthalmologist Adelbert Ames, Jr. in 1934 to screw with your brain. There are actually two illusions associated with the Ames Room. First of all, the

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No laughing matter: scientists study the effects of laughing gas

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Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a simple chemical composed of two nitrogen atoms and one oxygen atom (N2O). Despite being used as an anesthetic since the 1800s, the effects it has on the brain are not well understood. In a new study published in this week in Clinical Neurophysiology, MIT researchers reveal some key brainwave changes caused by the gas.

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Eating green leafy vegetables keeps your brain strong

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Something as simple as eating more leafy veggies could significantly slow down cognitive decline and keep your brain healthier for a longer period of time. A new study found that nutrients and vitamins found in plants such as spinach, kale, collards and mustard greens help keep your mental abilities sharp.

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Your memories last as long the neural connections: a long-standing theory now confirmed

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Neuroscientists have long posited that memories last as long as the connections in the brain, but putting this theory to test has always proved challenging. Using the latest imaging techniques and sheer innovation, a group at Stanford confirmed this as being true after the researchers literally peered into the brains of mice and studied brain connections as they formed or were replaced. Once the connection was lost, so was the memory.

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Scientists create neural lace that fuses with your brain

The rolled electronic mesh is injected through a glass needle into a water-based solution. (Lieber Research Group, Harvard University)

In a world where in only a few decades we moved from clunky phones to wireless satellite-connected devices that allow you to be anywhere and do anything on the internet, it seems only normal that scientists will take it to the next level – to your brain. Already tested on mice, this fine mesh fits inside a syringe and unfurls on the brain to monitor its activity.

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Scientists light the brain of mice to recall their lost memories

One of the most notable recent examples of a film showcasing amnesia is Memento (2001). It tells the story of a former insurance investigator, Leonard Shelby, and his attempts to track down the man who attacked him and his wife-killing her and leaving him with a brain injury that has destroyed his ability to form new memories. Image: IMDB

A team at MIT in collaboration with the Riken Brain Science Institute in Japan activated the lost memories of mice, suggesting memory deficiencies like amnesia have more to do with accessing data, than storage itself. Though far from applicable to humans, the research does show that it’s possible, in theory at least, to help patients with retrograde amnesia (who’d lost their memories following a trauma or brain injury) live a normal life once more.

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Risky brain, safe brain: MIT charts neural pathways involved in decision-making

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Researchers at MIT have now identified a neural circuit that they believe underpins decision-making in situations such as this, and have started looking into mice’s brains to better understand the biological processes that make us tick and help us pick.

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Obese teens are much more susceptible to junk food commercials, brain scans reveal

About a quarter of commercial television advertisements are for food.

It’s no secret that TV food commercials stimulate pleasure and reward centers in the brain, after all advertisers wouldn’t pay big money for them to air if they didn’t entice people to order more. In fact, food advertising has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. Teenagers are exposed on average to 13 food commercials on any given day. At the same time, childhood and adolescent obesity in the US has been on the rise fast and worrisome, so we can’t help but notice the connection. Now, researchers at Dartmouth found overweight teens are disproportionately affected by TV food commercials, as key brain regions that control pleasure, taste and – most surprisingly – the mouth are all much more stimulated than those teens with less body fat. The findings are important since they suggest overweight teens exposed to this kind of environment will experience further difficulties when they try to lose weight. A further insight is that dietary plans should also target subsequent thinking concerning eating food, not just the temptation.