Cerebral Inception
Cerebral Inception
Our brains have evolved to the point where we can build artificial brains that might help us understand our brains. Let that sink in.
Cerebral Inception
Cerebral Inception

Our brains have evolved to the point where we can build artificial brains that might help us understand our brains. Let that sink in.

Our brains have evolved to the point where we can build artificial brains that might help us understand our brains. Let that sink in.

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Brain Surface Area Reveals Overlap in Genes, Intelligence, Evolution
Brain Surface Area Reveals Overlap in Genes, Intelligence, Evolution
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 4, 2019
An analysis of the contours of more than 600 kids’ brains points to links between cerebral surface area and heritability in regions of the brain important in cognition.  
Master Decoder: A Profile of Kári Stefánsson
Master Decoder: A Profile of Kári Stefánsson
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2019
A neurologist by training, Stefánsson founded Iceland-based deCODE Genetics to explore what the human genome can tell us about disease and our species’ evolution.
STEM Profs’ Views on Intelligence May Affect Student Outcomes
STEM Profs’ Views on Intelligence May Affect Student Outcomes
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 15, 2019
Students, especially racial minorities, tend to perform worse when professors believe intelligence is fixed
Infographic: What Makes a Brain Smart?
Infographic: What Makes a Brain Smart?
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2018
Scientists have proposed a variety of features that influence one’s ability to remember things and solve problems.
Smarts and Hearts
Smarts and Hearts
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2018
IQ can’t capture the breadth, depth, or variety of human intelligence.
The Biological Roots of Intelligence
The Biological Roots of Intelligence
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2018
Imaging, behavioral, and genetic data yield clues to what’s behind effective thinking.
Air Pollution Linked to Decline in Cognitive Performance
Air Pollution Linked to Decline in Cognitive Performance
Shawna Williams | Aug 28, 2018
A study compares verbal and math test scores to air quality measurements in China and finds a correlation.
Genes Explain About 11 Percent of Differences in Years of Education
Genes Explain About 11 Percent of Differences in Years of Education
Shawna Williams | Jul 24, 2018
The influence of genetic variants tops that of socioeconomic status.
New Caledonian Crows Build Tools From Mental Images, Not Lessons
New Caledonian Crows Build Tools From Mental Images, Not Lessons
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 29, 2018
When it comes to tool making, the birds learn differently than humans.
Genes Tied to Intelligence and Neurotic Behavior Identified
Genes Tied to Intelligence and Neurotic Behavior Identified
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 26, 2018
Researchers found several hundred genes expressed in the human brain are tied to cognition or neuroses.
Smarty Genes
Smarty Genes
Ashley P. Taylor | May 23, 2017
Scientists have identified 40 new genes linked to human intelligence.
Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”
Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2016
Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.
Do Brighter Species’ Brains Emit Redder Light?
Do Brighter Species’ Brains Emit Redder Light?
Alison F. Takemura | Oct 1, 2016
Photon emissions in the brain are red-shifted in more-intelligent species, though scientists dispute what that means.
Bird Brains Have Numerous Neurons
Bird Brains Have Numerous Neurons
Tanya Lewis | Jun 14, 2016
Many avian species have more neurons than do mammals with similar-mass brains.
To Each Animal Its Own Cognition
To Each Animal Its Own Cognition
Frans de Waal | May 1, 2016
The study of nonhuman intelligence is coming into its own as researchers realize the unique contexts in which distinct species learn and behave.
Book Excerpt from <em>Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?</em>
Book Excerpt from Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
Frans de Waal | Apr 30, 2016
In the book's prologue, author Frans de Waal considers the intellectual impediments to studying animal intelligence.
Brain Activity Identifies Individuals
Brain Activity Identifies Individuals
Kerry Grens | Oct 12, 2015
Neural connectome patterns differ enough between people to use them as a fingerprint.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2015
February 2015's selection of notable quotes
How Dogs Interpret Speech
How Dogs Interpret Speech
Jef Akst | Dec 2, 2014
Dogs tend to turn to the left when they hear emotional speech-like sounds, and right when they hear verbal commands from a robot.