Have you ever wanted to stimulate some part of your brain, only to be thwarted by that pesky skull ensconcing it? Don’t want to drill holes and implant electrodes? Well lucky it’s the 21st century so now you don’t have to. Let’s take a dive into the weird science of transcranial magnetic stimulation. AdvertisementsRead More Zap Your Brain with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Over the past few years a slew of news outlets have been singing the cognitive benefits of learning to juggle. If one is to believe the hype, this ancient circus activity will increase your brain power, make your brain bigger (permanently, no less), and may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Dang. Can there be any truth to these heady claims, or is it another case of the media committing that most […]Read More The Neuroscience of Juggling
Well, maybe not your *favourite* drugs, depending what you’re into. But it’s true: the existence of many of the most popular drugs on the planet can be traced directly back to insects. This includes nicotine, cocaine, possibly cannabis (with a fuzzy asterisk), and of course the most widely used psychoactive substance in the world: caffeine. Coffee is the second […]Read More All Your Favourite Drugs Exist Thanks To… Insects?
Back in the control room I find my friend waiting for me, all smiles as usual. She must have arrived while I was strapped in the machine. “Hi!” she greets enthusiastically. “I just saw your brain.” I suppose this shouldn’t be a surprise, given the situation. Yet I’m caught off guard. How do you respond […]Read More In the Machine