Can Adults Grow More Neurons?

The short answer is "yes," through a process called neurogenesis. Unsurprisingly, one of the primary areas for neuron growth is the portion of the brain called the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and learning. Neuroscientists estimate that we generate approximately 700 neurons there a day, and that by middle-age, we've replaced all of the hippocampic neurons we were born with with new ones. Now for the elephant in the room regarding neurogenesis: can we control it? Again,…

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Machines That Read Your Mind: The New Focus on Neurotech

Innovators in the neurotech industry will soon be able to use technology to read your mind: the proof is in the patents.  Indeed, patents in neurotechnology have skyrocketed from 300 a year in the 2000s to over 1,600 last year.  The most fascinating of those patents describe technologies that detect your emotional state and play appropriate music (e.g. Mozart when you are concentrating on something), read your brainwaves to determine what you truly think about a product…

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Tech Use Up, Memory Capacity Down: Techniques to Counteract it

Remember the days before smart phones where we actually memorized dozens of phone numbers? We don't really do that anymore, and it could be directly linked to why more of us are routinely forgetting where we put our keys or where we parked our car. Science shows us that technological conveniences like smart phones and GPS are making our memories worse. However, you can improve your memory with techniques as simple as doodling. Read on for more…

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