The kindled brain
If each bout of depression, bipolar disorder or PTSD makes another more likely, should sufferers stay on medication for life?
Where pain lives
Fixing chronic back pain is possible only when patients understand how much it is produced by the brain, not the spine
Freud the philosopher
Before fathering psychoanalysis, Freud first slayed the dominant Cartesian intellectual tradition of mind-body dualism
Aliens in our midst
The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself
Now you see it, now you…
Seeing things that are hidden; failing to see things in plain sight. How magic exploits the everyday weirdness of perception
When is stress good for you?
The subtle flows and toxic hits of stress get under the skin, making and breaking the body and brain over a lifetime
I attend, therefore I am
You are only as strong as your powers of attention, and other uncomfortable truths about the self
Our world outsmarts us
Social problems are fantastically complex, while human minds are severely under-engineered. Is democracy doomed?
We ride a stream of naked neurons, stripped of their sheaths, to the most blissful moments and deepest intimacies of life
Living in the now
She can paint, but not name a painting; learn new music without knowing a tune. Lonni Sue is teaching us much about memory.
Maps in the head
How animals navigate their way around provides clues to how the brain forms, stores and retrieves memories
Here’s looking at you
Filmmakers have tapped laws of perception still unexplored by neuroscience to create a visual feast in the brain
The lizard inside
Like a reptile lodged within me, paranoia hatches unbelievable conspiracies that my mind embraces with stunning naivety