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Lectures for a New Year: A Brain Scientist Studies Her Own Stroke

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist (or “brain scientist”) from Indiana. In 1996 she experienced a major stroke, out of the blue, at age 37. As a scientist deeply involved with brain function, she was ideally situated to understand the stroke as it happened (as much as anyone can during a frickin’ [...]

Music improves brain function

New research has revealed that learning to play a musical instrument can help improve brain function, not only in the area of musical training but…

Men Become Less Intelligent After Speaking to Attractive Women

Photo: Getty Psychological researchers at Radboud University in the Netherlands conducted a study which supports the popular impression that men lose their minds in the presence of attractive women: The research shows men who spend even a few minutes in the company of an attractive woman perform less well in tests designed to measure brain function than [...]