brain

With so much contemporary psychology preoccupied by a purely phrenological mission to map out which neural areas are active during which tasks, it’s easy to forget all those chemicals washing through our brains, each exerting its own profound influence on our feelings and...

 

Early brain development – A brief history

An adult brain has about 100 billion neurons; at birth, slightly fewer. However, during development many changes take place in the brain. Neurons grow, which accounts for some of the change, but it is...

The Brain that Changes Itself:
Stories of Personal Triumph from
the Frontiers of Brain Science
Norman Doidge
Penguin; 2008; Pb £9.99

I sing the brain neuroplastic’ should perhaps be the title of this somehow very American book...

There are two widely held views about dreams. One view is that they contain information about our waking life, including our waking cognition and emotions, and possibly even some information that we are motivated to ignore when awake: On this view, dreams are worth examining...

From birth to the teenage years the human brain undergoes around a four-fold increase in its total volume. Accompanying this huge increase in brain size are equally dramatic changes in the motor, perceptual and cognitive abilities of infants and children. In terms of their...

Recent years have seen a surge in the popularity of ‘brain training’ software; games and applications that purport to stimulate the brain and improve cognitive performance. Sales are nourished by the assumption that cognitive abilities...