Monthly Archives: August 2014

Animal Madness

Behind those funny animal videos, sometimes, are oddly human-like problems. Laurel Braitman studies non-human animals who exhibit signs of mental health issues — from compulsive bears to self-destructive rats to monkeys with unlikely friends. Braitman asks what we as humans … Continue reading

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Consciousness as a State of Matter

MIT’s Max Tegmark argues that consciousness is a state of matter, and by “matter,” he doesn’t mean that somewhere in the deep recesses of your brain is a small bundle of liquid, sloshing around and powering your sense of self … Continue reading

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Crazy Circle Illusion

Don’t trust your eyes. This is another optical illusion showing that your brain prefer consistency before accuracy.

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Sleep and False Memory

    Past research has claimed lack of sleep can cause memory loss. Now, in what is deemed a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the University of California-Irvine and Michigan State University suggest sleep deprivation could increase susceptibility to false memories. … Continue reading

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