It has been know for a while that sleep is important for learning and long-term memory formation. What is less clear is how exactly this works. Despite much research, this is an issue that was only imperfectly understood. Now it seems that new neuroscientific research may have the answer. A study by neuroscientists at the [...]
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Mindfulness has its critics. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, or MBCT was first developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. MBCT has been embraced by hundreds of thousands of people around the world, but some people are unconvinced. However, a new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found that MBCT can [...]
We all know the mind can play tricks on us. But how? Australian magician Nicholas J. Johnson’s new show Deceptology explores what’s known as neuromagic — a field of study that explores why our brains are fooled by magic tricks. Johnson’s interest in neuroscience dates back to 2009 when he was hospitalised with a chronic [...]
If you look back at your life, does the person you are seem pretty much the same — older, and maybe a little wiser — or do you see significant change over the years? It is a truism — at least in Western cultures — that people don’t change, or at least not that much. [...]