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How LSD Changes The Way Our Brains Work

In 1938, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann synthesized a derivative of alkaloid ergotamine, a natural compound found in a parasitic fungus called ergot. He had no way of knowing that as little as 20 micrograms of this substance would cause a psychedelic effect! Back in the first half of the 20th century, there were not many […]

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Brains Behaving Badly – A Tale of Two Brains

National Geographic Channel will air &8220;Brain Games: Brains Behaving Badly &8221; on Sunday, February 28 at 9pm EST. As part of a virtual roundtable, Brain Blogger was selected to screen the episode and address the thought provoking question raised therein: Are humans hardwired for transgressions? Why are some of the brain&8217;s most basic instincts considered […]

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Meet the Parasites That Control Human Brains

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to enjoy some monster stories, and the scariest monsters of all are those that actually exist. Join us as we share tales of some of the creepiest parasites around — those that control the brains of their human hosts, sometimes leaving insanity and death in their wake. […]

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Sleeping Brains Understand Words

Have you ever heard someone describe a task as being so easy that they ‘could do it in their sleep’? A fascinating new study from a team of French neuroscientists shows that this statement may be literally true, far more often than you’d think: Inducing Task-Relevant Responses to Speech in the Sleeping Brain Sid Kouider […]

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