The Amazing Human Brain

The human brain is the body's computer. Find out everything there is to know about your brain and stay updated on the latest news with the comprehensive articles and images of the brain at LiveScience.com. Learn more about this vital organ as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about your brain.
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Head Trauma Linked to Same 'Plaques' Seen in Alzheimer's
A diagram of the human brain
February 3rd, 2016
People with brain injuries may have a buildup of the same plaques in their brains seen in people with Alzheimer's disease, a small, new study suggests.
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Poor Sleep Tied to Hardened Brain Arteries in Older Adults
An artist's concept of the human brain.
January 14th, 2016
Older adults who don't sleep as well may be at increased risk for changes in their brain, a new study finds.
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Are Big Brains Smarter?
an illustration of neurons in the human brain
February 3rd, 2016
Humans boast the biggest brains, relative to body size, in the animal kingdom.
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Addiction Changes Brain Biology in 3 Stages, Experts Say
A man sits on a couch, crying and hiding his face
January 27th, 2016
Scientists are investigating how addiction affects the brain.
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Marijuana's THC May Increase 'Noise' in Your Brain
Leaves of the marijuana plant
December 15th, 2015
The level of "neural noise," or the random neural activity in the brain increases when people are given THC, a new study finds.
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Laziness: Blame it on the Brain?
MRI brain scan of apathetic brain
November 16th, 2015
Perhaps you could care less, but newly spotted differences in how our brains work could explain why some people are apathetic and lazy. Scientists say motivation could be more about biology than attitude.
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Human Brain's Bizarre Folding Pattern Recreated in a Vat
Scientists created a physical model of a human brain and stuck it into a vat of solvent, watching it develop and morph a wrinkly organ.
February 1st, 2016
A new mock-up of the fetal brain reveals how it transforms from smooth hemispheres to its wrinkly, crinkly shape.
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Why Does the Sound of Water Help You Sleep?
Waves cascading over rocks.
January 18th, 2016
The crash of ocean waves and the pitter-patter of rain on shingles — these sounds may lull a person to sleep. Part of the reason for agua's dreamy effects lies in how the brain interprets noises as either threats or non-threats.
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Prairie Voles' Cheatin' Heart Tied to Genes
December 11th, 2015
Prairie vole genes determine whether a vole will wander or stay close to home, and its wandering may be linked to spatial memory.
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