The Rise of BCI Enables Advances in Neuroscience
The Rise of BCI Enables Advances in Neuroscience
A nascent but growing consumer market for brain-computer interface technology is driving the development of sleek new tools for decoding brain activity.
The Rise of BCI Enables Advances in Neuroscience
The Rise of BCI Enables Advances in Neuroscience

A nascent but growing consumer market for brain-computer interface technology is driving the development of sleek new tools for decoding brain activity.

A nascent but growing consumer market for brain-computer interface technology is driving the development of sleek new tools for decoding brain activity.

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Infographic: Measurements that Predict People’s Behavior
Infographic: Measurements that Predict People’s Behavior
Paul J. Zak | Oct 1, 2020
Changes in blood levels of oxytocin and adrenocorticotropic hormone and patterns of neural activity predict how much money people will donate to a cause with high accuracy.
Image of the Day: Brain-Computer Interface Electrode
Image of the Day: Brain-Computer Interface Electrode
Emily Makowski | Oct 8, 2019
A newly developed device can better measure brain waves such as those used to control a robotic car.
Karaoke-Sleep Study Links Disrupted REM With Poor Memory Processing
Karaoke-Sleep Study Links Disrupted REM With Poor Memory Processing
Katarina Zimmer | Jul 11, 2019
An unusual experiment suggests that interrupted REM sleep can interfere with the amygdala’s ability to process emotional memories overnight—in this case, the distressing memories of listening to oneself sing out of tune.
Do Devices that Monitor or Zap the Brain Live Up to Their Claims?
Do Devices that Monitor or Zap the Brain Live Up to Their Claims?
Diana Kwon | Jun 18, 2019
Direct-to-consumer neurotechnologies using EEG or tDCS are becoming increasingly popular, but some scientists are concerned about the lack of evidence for efficacy.
Can Humans Sense Magnetic Fields?
Can Humans Sense Magnetic Fields?
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 19, 2019
A study of people’s brainwaves hints at their unconscious ability to perceive the Earth’s magnetic field.
General Anesthesia Causes Telltale Brain Activity Patterns
General Anesthesia Causes Telltale Brain Activity Patterns
Emery N. Brown, Francisco J. Flores | Mar 1, 2019
The drugs lead to widespread, predictable changes in brain waves that can help anesthesiologists personalize anesthesia and develop anesthetic-based treatments.
Infographic: How General Anesthesia Works
Infographic: How General Anesthesia Works
Emery N. Brown, Francisco J. Flores | Mar 1, 2019
Drugs that doctors use to sedate patients during traumatic medical procedures act on neural receptors to alter brain activity.
Image of the Day: In Sync
Image of the Day: In Sync
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 3, 2019
At playtime together, parents’ brain activity mimics that of their infant children.
Researchers Develop New Strategy for Detecting Consciousness
Researchers Develop New Strategy for Detecting Consciousness
Abby Olena | Nov 21, 2018
The EEG-based method could help clinicians identify patients with severe brain injuries who are actually capable of some cognitive function, despite appearing unresponsive.
New Method Can Sense Babies’ Pain
New Method Can Sense Babies’ Pain
Aggie Mika | May 5, 2017
By measuring brain activity patterns, scientists can more objectively assess infant distress.
Scientists Identify More-Precise Neural Correlates of Dreaming
Scientists Identify More-Precise Neural Correlates of Dreaming
Ashley P. Taylor | Apr 10, 2017
By examining brainwave patterns in a posterior cortical area, scientists can predict when people are dreaming.
Thoughts Derailed
Thoughts Derailed
Tanya Lewis | Apr 18, 2016
The same brain mechanism by which surprising events interrupt movements may also be involved in disrupting cognition, according to a study.
Inside a Painter’s Brain
Inside a Painter’s Brain
Ajai Raj | Oct 24, 2014
Dean Cercone shares the cortical correlates of his creative process as part of a neuroscience-inspired exhibition.
Ballroom Brainwaves
Ballroom Brainwaves
Eli Chen | Mar 28, 2014
A neuroscientist studies the brains of tango dancers in an attempt to understand interpersonal connectedness.
Disorder No More
Disorder No More
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2013
Researchers hunt for biomarkers of Asperger's syndrome, a condition that officially no longer exists.
Traces of Life
Traces of Life
Abby Olena | Sep 24, 2013
Researchers identify previously unrecognized neuronal activity in comatose human and feline brains.
Predicting Autism’s Path
Predicting Autism’s Path
Kate Yandell | May 31, 2013
How brains of toddlers with autism respond to language is associated with later cognitive abilities.
A Common Path to Unconsciousness
A Common Path to Unconsciousness
Dan Cossins | May 22, 2013
Analyses of brain activity patterns show that different drugs induce anesthesia via a common neural mechanism.
Visual Consciousness Emerges
Visual Consciousness Emerges
Dan Cossins | Apr 22, 2013
A new study of brain activity patterns suggests that babies as young as 5 months old have the neural mechanisms to register that they’ve seen a face.