Let’s Not Overstretch Neuroplasticity
Sure, your brain is more dynamic than once thought. But harnessing those powers is tricky.
The Limits of Computers That Read Our Minds
A professor in China builds a brain-machine interface that keeps humans fully in charge.
The Trickiest Brain Exploration of All
Karl Deisseroth developed astounding technologies that light up the brain and render it transparent. Yet some of his most compelling breakthroughs still come from listening to patients.
The Shocking Thing About the Brain
An electrical-stimulation technology with promising new uses comes from a dark age that still has a lot to teach us.
The Birth of Wetware
Forget what you may have heard about neural networks in software. This startup is making a computer with living neurons.
Shake Up the Snow Globe in Your Mind
Michael Pollan explores the neuroscience of psychedelics in this excerpt from his new book.
Round Trips to the Pearly Gates
With better CPR techniques, more people might live to tell the tale of what happens right before everything slips away.
How Your Phone Can Keep You from Getting Depressed
The same device that is driving you crazy could hold the keys to solving our mental health crisis.
The Genius of Our Lizard Brain
Emotions don’t get in the way of rational thought, says Antonio Damasio. They make it possible.
When Algorithms Are Running the Asylum
Psychiatry’s biggest breakthrough in decades might come from machines that don’t need to understand the mind at all.
Stop Taking Adderall, Start Playing Video Games
Doctors could soon prescribe screen time for children with ADHD.
The Plot Thickens in the Gnarly Story of IQ and Genetics
Researchers are finding new links between specific genes and intelligence. Can we use this knowledge to make people smarter?
Makers of the World, Unite
Cory Doctorow’s novel “Walkaway” envisions a future in which the jobless masses co-opt automation technologies to ensure their freedom.