Milgram experiment tests people’s willingness to deliverer electric shocks to another person when encouraged by an experimenter.Image Credit:Flickr/Ape Lad The title is direct, “Would you deliver an electric shock in 2015?” and the answer, according to the results of this replication study, is yes. Social psychologists from SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in

The scans show that stimulation ‘in beat’ increases brain activity in the regions involved in task performance. On the other hand, stimulation ‘out of beat’ showed activity in regions usually associated with resting.Credit: Ines Violante Scientists have uncovered a method for improving short-term working memory, by stimulating the brain with electricity to synchronise brain waves.

Itching is a highly contagious behavior. When we see someone scratch, we’re likely to scratch, too. New research from the Washington University Center for the Study of Itch shows contagious itching is hardwired in the brain. Credit: Michael Worful Some behaviors — yawning and scratching, for example —  are socially contagious, meaning if one person

This is a Brain Music EEG headset.Credit: Osaka University Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these patterns, but give little consideration to the emotional response of their audience.

UCLA scientists discovered that dendrites (shown here in green) are not just passive conduits for electrical currents between neurons.Credit: Shelley Halpain/UC San Diego A new UCLA study could change scientists’ understanding of how the brain works — and could lead to new approaches for treating neurological disorders and for developing computers that “think” more like

Deep sleep is critical for memory consolidation. But beginning in middle age, deep sleep decreases substantially, which scientists believe contributes to memory loss in aging.Image Credit:Flickr/Danny Howard Gentle sound stimulation — such as the rush of a waterfall — synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves significantly enhanced deep sleep in older adults and improved

A new study suggests that empathy is not blunted by playing violent video games. Image Credit:Flickr/BRICK 101 The link between playing violent video games and antisocial behavior, such as increased aggression and decreased empathy, is hotly debated. Researchers in Germany used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) on long-term players of violent video games and found

Fluorescence image of the abdominal segments in a ventral ganglion of Drosophila larva. The synaptic contacts and the cell nuclei are stained with Bruchpilot (magenta) and Hoechst dye (green), respectively. Credit: Swagata Dey Like the junctions in an electronic circuit between two semiconductors in an integrated computer chip, synapses in the brain constitute the logic

These are brain scans of chronically depressed patients before and during treatment. Left: Before treatment, depressed patients had a thicker cortex in the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes of the brain (shown in red). Right: Over 10 weeks of medication, these regions (shown in blue) no longer differed from the thickness of healthy controls.Credit: Ravi

Johns Hopkins University cognitive psychologists are the first to link human’s long-term visual memory with how things move.Image Credit:Flickr/amy leonard As Superman flies over the city, people on the ground famously suppose they see a bird, then a plane, and then finally realize it’s a superhero. But they haven’t just spotted the Man of Steel

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