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Why Swearing and Pain Go Hand in Hand

By | January 1, 2018

Screaming obscenities when you stub your toe makes perfect biological sense.

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Book Excerpt from Jane on the Brain

By | December 1, 2017

In chapter 3, “The Sense of Sensibility,” author Wendy Jones uses scenes from one of Jane Austen’s most celebrated novels to illustrate the functioning of the body’s stress response system.

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Sense, Sensibility, and Neuroscience

By | December 1, 2017

Jane Austen can teach us a lot about how our brains handle uncertainty.

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The Benefits of Trepidation

By | November 1, 2017

While wiping fear from our brains may seem attractive, the emotion is an essential part of our behavioral repertoire.

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When Dogs Offer Insights into Tigers

By | October 1, 2017

MRI scans of dog brains open windows into the cognition of the extinct thylacine.

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Book Excerpt from Behave

By | June 1, 2017

In the book’s introduction, author and neuroendocrinologist Robert Sapolsky explains his fascination with the biology of violence and other dark parts of human behavior.

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The human brain’s insular cortex is adept at registering distaste for everything from rotten fruit to unfamiliar cultures.

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Book Excerpt from The New Science of Consciousness

By | November 1, 2016

In Chapter 1, author Paul L. Nunez sets the stage for a scientific exploration of the inky depths of consciousness.

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Can Science Crack Consciousness?

By | November 1, 2016

Researchers seek to disentangle the complexity of the human mind from a cross-disciplinary perspective, but the phenomenon may be out of the reach of human understanding.

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In Chapter 13, “Why Is Reductionism Successful in Art?” author Eric Kandel explores what about abstract art challenges the human brain.

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