Thinking Sensing and Behaving

Photograph of a man cleaning and taking care of a child at the same time
The brain works best with one job at a time, but daily life calls for multitasking, causing a “bottle neck” in the brain.
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From pregnancy to parenthood, child-rearing shapes the brain.
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Curses, swears, and cussing are treated in a different way in our brains than our more proper and acceptable speech.
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In the human retina, low-light-sensitive rods outnumber color-sensing cones by about twenty to one.
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Your brain changes as you grow, but what happens after the growth spurt? Neuroscientist Nick Spitzer debunks the myth that your brain is done maturing after the teen years.
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It isn’t just your ears that allow you to hear, or just your eyes that allow you to see — it’s your brain.
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Neuroscientist Nick Spitzer tells you the truth.
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Bundles of extra-long axons transmit signals from eyes to brain.
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Neurons and muscles communicate at specialized nodes called neuromuscular junctions.
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Neuroscientist Jamie Hanson encourages scientists to look at people and situations that fall outside so-called societal norms.
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Neuroscientist Jamie Hanson encourages scientists to look at people and situations that fall outside so-called societal norms.
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Jet lag, irregular sleep schedules, and exposure to artificial light throw our internal clocks out of whack. When that happens, our health suffers.
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Sun-seeking brain cells keep the sleep cycle in balance.
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