The Man Working To Reverse-Engineer Your Brain

Our brains are filled with billions of neurons. Neuroscientist Sebastian Seung explains how mapping out the connections between those neurons might be the key to understanding the basis of things like personality, memory, perception, ideas and mental illness.

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Can Gardening Help Troubled Minds Heal?

Psychiatrists have long claimed that gardens hold healing powers for mental illness. Now, scientists are exploring a new field called horticultural therapy for everyone from troubled youth to veterans. But just how gardens affect the brain remains mainly a mystery.

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Drug Rapidly Counters Effects of Alzheimer’s In Mice

Reporting in Science, researchers write that an FDA-approved drug for skin cancer had surprising results in mice with Alzheimer’s. The drug rapidly cleared up amyloid protein from the brain and improved cognitive function. Co-author Gary Landreth discusses the drug’s potential as a therapy for Alzheimer’s.

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Could Obesity Change The Brain?

Pigging out for even a day causes inflammation in the brains of lab rats, and scientists think this might help explain why it’s so hard for people to lose weight. If eating too much inflames human brains, too, then scientists might be able to come up with new ideas for taming obesity.

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Probiotic Bacteria Chill Out Anxious Mice

Reporting in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers write of reducing anxiety and stress in mice by feeding them a probiotic-laced broth. Study author John Cryan discusses how the gut influences the brain, and whether the same might hold true in humans.

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How Does Financial News Impact Your Brain?

When you hear bad financial news, it has an effect on the emotional part of your brain — not the analytical part. As the world’s markets digest yet another financial crisis, the tone of the coverage is affecting what people do — or don’t do — with their money. A look at how the coverage of the markets affects the markets, your brain and, eventually, your portfolio.

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