ASMR and ‘head orgasms’: what’s the science behind it? | Pete Etchells

Pete Etchells: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is the technical term for what some call head orgasms, or brain tingles. But what is the state of scientific research behind the sensation? Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, is a curious phenomenon. Those who experience it often characterise it as a tingling sensation in the back of…

Where your savour in music comes from

( CNN) Your savour in music might have more to do with the culture around you than how your brain is wired. Scientists previously thought that musical preference is rooted in the brain, but a new examine of a remote Amazonian society suggests that musical tastes are cultural in origin.

No, there hasn’t been a human ‘head transplant’, and there may never be

Dean Burnett: Has there really been a successful human head transplant? No. Not even close. In February 2015, Sergio Canavero appeared in this very publication claiming a live human head will be successfully transplanted onto a donor human body within two years. He’s popped up in the media a lot since then, but two years…

Alzheimer’s link to herpes virus in brain, say scientists

Research exposes strains of virus more abundant in brains with early stage of disease, though uncertainly whether virus is a trigger or a symptom The presence of viruses in the brain has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease in research that challenges conventional theories about the onset of dementia. The outcomes, based on tests of brain…

Here’s How Meditation Reduces Inflammation And Prevents Disease

Science has shown that mindfulness meditation can have a positive impact on a huge scope of health conditions, including cancer, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The practice has even been found to slow HIV progression and protect the brain from aging. Mindfulness seems to improve nearly every aspect of health — but how? While mounting…

What if I never get over him( or her) aEUR” you asked Google, hereaEUR( tm) s the answer | Annalisa Barbieri

Every day, millions of internet users ask Google some of lifes most difficult questions, big and small. Our novelists answer some of the most common queries When I was younger, and a relationship aimed, I would do this thing. I would flip forward as many months as my diary allowed and I would write, Well,…

Want to ‘train your brain’? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brains structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills The multimillion dollar brain training industry being attacked. In October 2014, a group of over 100 eminent neuroscientists and psychologists wrote an open letter warns that asserts promoting brain games are frequently exaggerated and at times…

Humans 2.0: fulfill the entrepreneur who wants to put a chip in your brain

Bryan Johnsons company, Kernel, is intended to improve mental function and treat disorders by creating a brain interface Bryan Johnson isn’t short of ambition. The founder and CEO of neuroscience company Kernel wants” to expand the bounds of human intelligence “. He is planning to do this with neuroprosthetics; brain augmentations that can improve mental…

My life with Oliver Sacks:’ He was the most unusual person I had ever known’

In this extract from his memoir, Bill Hayes, partner of Oliver Sacks, recalls the neurologists unworldly charm, their remarkable stay with Bjrk in Iceland, and the dignity of Sackss final weeks He wrote me a letter. Thats how we satisfied. He had read my volume, The Anatomist , in proof, and enjoyed it.( I meant…