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# Brain

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Brainwaves suppress obvious ideas to help us think more creatively, study finds
Creativity requires humans to break away from more common and easily reached ideas.
The brain 'rewards' foods high in fats and carbohydrates
This combination of food lights up neural circuits in the reward centre of the brain.
'I don't hear anything or see anything in my head': Aphantasia... A life without mental images
Researchers believe that 2% of the world’s population could unknowingly suffer from it.
This is why you can't always stop something you've already started doing
Ever wondered why you can’t help but drive through a yellow light?
Inquest brought 'justice and answers' for newborn baby boy's death
A verdict of medical misadventure was given at the inquest into the death of baby Stevie Cullivan.
How finding out when neurons are born could unlock the key to understanding the brain
New prize winning research is helping to reveal how brain is developed.
Sexual and aggressive impulses overlap in male animal brains, but not in females - study
The finding could help develop a drug that would suppress extreme aggression in humans.
These seven steps will keep your brain healthy from childhood to old age, say researchers
A number of lifestyle factors we wouldn’t normally associate with the brain may help prevent conditions such as dementia.
Heavy drinking may affect young male and female brains very differently
There are hundreds of alcohol-related deaths in Ireland every year.
Even moderate drinking can damage your brain, new research says
The study monitored more than 500 people over 30 years.
Superstar Sid Crosby to miss start of NHL season after latest concussion
Concussion is an unavoidable subject for every collision sport.
College graduates at higher risk of cancerous brain tumours, researchers find
“It was a surprising result which is difficult to explain,” the lead author of the study said.
Bad memories can be intentionally forgotten
The study has two important implications.
Connacht centre McSharry advised to sit out rest of season after concussion
The centre has not played since taking a blow to the head against Newcastle in December.
25 daily habits that will make you smarter
It’s easy, swear.
Are you a smoker? Cigarettes could shrink a vital part of your brain
Giving up could help reverse the problem, researchers have found.
Does your dog really understand you?
New research has shown dogs are able to pick up on more than we might think.
'All the players are thinking of him' - Ireland's best wishes to Chris Henry
The openside flanker suffered a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
A woman was missing part of her brain for 24 years - and nobody noticed
The woman had been nauseous and vomiting for a month before going to her doctor.
The 5 most annoying tricks your brain plays on you, explained
Ever wonder why you hate the way you look in photos? It can be EXPLAINED.
Listening to Beethoven and Eminem can give people the same emotions
Why your favourite song takes you down memory lane…
Sending electrical current to brain could help treat Alzheimer's
The treatment has now been proven to improve memory and could help in other memory disorders, like from stroke or brain injury.
Good news: It may be possible to overwrite bad memories
Thank you light-sensitive algae protein.
Column: What is your earliest memory?
Most of us have our earliest memory from an event around the age of three – but our memory milestones move about during childhood.
Opinion: Is imagination more important than knowledge?
Day dreaming is routinely dismissed as a waste of time but there is profound power in make-believe.
Man headbangs so hard at Motörhead gig his brain bleeds
Though headbanging is generally harmless, doctors have said it can cause some serious injuries.
Use cannabis from time to time? Even casual use can alter your brain, a new study says
The study is the first to focus on possible brain effects among recreational users.
Patients in a vegetative state are often misdiagnosed, but a new brain scan may help
Traditional methods of testing if a patient will recover can be ‘little better than flipping a coin’ in some cases.
Older people are 'less aware that they make mistakes'
But researchers at Trinity want to help them stay mentally sharp.
New blood test could predict onset of Alzheimer's
US researchers have developed a prototype test which can indicate whether a person will develop the disease.
Find out how much of your brain you're using right now
The human head weights eight pounds… or does it?
Dementia set to triple by 2050 as disease labelled "global epidemic"
Alzheimer’s Disease International say to 135 million people globally will suffer from the disease by 2050.
Gene mutation speeds up brain decline in Alzheimer's
This is the first study to use brain scans to show what this gene does.
Column: Cerebral palsy is a part of me – but it’s not all of me
Cerebral palsy just one piece of the thousand-piece jigsaw that is me. I love my life, my independence, my strength and my determination to live the way I want to, writes Jane Fennessy.
Research finds women do actually want to gobble up babies
If you can get over the fact that they collected odours from the pyjamas of newborns, there are some interesting findings.
Researchers discover how the brain 'learns' cocaine addiction
Researchers said that knowing this detail may help identify new treatments for addicts.
12 words you have to Google every single time you spell them
Scientists create most detailed map ever of human brain
The researchers say the new model will let people zoom into the brain to see cells “the way we zoom into Google Maps to see houses.”
8 ways your brain is ruining your life
Think you’re smart? Newsflash: your brain has different ideas.