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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Google Backs Obama's 'Moonshot' BRAIN Initiative
human brain
October 1st, 2014
The president's moonshot project to understand the human brain is getting a boost by partnering with companies like Google and foundations for neurological disorders, the White House announced today (Sept. 30).
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Why 'My Brain Made Me Do It' is Not an Excuse (Op-Ed)
brains, emotions, mind, decisions
December 12th, 2014
Desires and choices affect what the brain does.
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Why Painful Memories Linger
An artist's image shows neurons sending signals within the human brain.
December 9th, 2014
Scientists reveal the mechanism by which the brain creates long-lasting memories of painful or scary events.
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Antidepressant Effects Are More Rapid, Dramatic Than Thought
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September 18th, 2014
A single dose of a commonly prescribed antidepressant drug quickly and dramatically changes how "in sync" different parts of the brain are, new research suggests.
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How the Brain Picks Punishments
A person rests their hands on the bars of a jail cell.
August 6th, 2014
When someone does wrong, whether we want to punish them severely or let them off easy is reflected in activity in certain regions of the brain, a new study shows.
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Does the Brain's Cerebellum Make Humans Special?
The human brain with the cerebellum highlighted.
October 2nd, 2014
The brains of apes and humans evolved unusually quickly when it came to the cerebellum, a part of the brain involved in control of movement, researchers say. The finding may change what is considered special about the human brain.
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Memory Making Linked to Gene and Protein, Research Shows
brain’s hippocampus with fluorescent lighting agent

August 19th, 2014
Discovery of the Arc gene and its like-named protein is leading to breakthroughs in how memories form and are recalled as well as giving hope to developing treatments for memory disorders like Alzheimer’s.
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