Neuroscience

Frida writes in her notebook in front of a colorful wall

Want to ace your tests? Take notes by hand

Even a brand new laptop won't give you an edge over pen and paper.

To boldly go or anxiously hang back?

A small population of nerve cells in the brain play an important role in anxiety’s influence over behavior.

Hand holding the intracranial electrodes of the type used to record brain activity.

Breakthrough device translates brain activity into speech

It could one day restore the voices of those who have lost the ability to speak due to neurological damage.

Child in stroller on a smoggy day

Air pollution impacts childhood development, study shows

Children who live near major roads are at higher risk for developmental delays because of traffic-related pollutants.

UCSF stress meditation group

Can short-term stress make the body and mind more resilient?

A new UCSF study is testing a theory about how much stress is good for us.

A comparison of two brains

Dementia looks different in brains of Latinos

A first-of-its-kind study has uncovered dramatic racial differences in the brains of those with dementia.

Teens doing some outdoor gardening

Adolescents have a fundamental need to contribute

Teens get a bad rap as selfish, dangerous risk-takers, but neuroscience and psychology are revising that image.

UC Santa Barbara spilled drink

Finding the elusive drinking ‘brake’

New research has uncovered a mechanism that helps us modulate our drinking — when it functions properly.

Woman sleeping with sensors on her head

Sleep loss truly causes you pain

Going without sleep heightens pain sensitivity and dulls the brain’s painkilling response.

Shocked older woman watching TV on an iPad

Study identifies a new way by which the human brain marks time

With a little help from HBO's “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” scientists learn more about how we process the flow of time.

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