Table of Contents The Brain 2010

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coatsmedia
World financial markets are at the mercy of overheated hormones, which leads both to irrational exuberance and irrational pessimism, says trader-turned-neuroscientist John Coates.
clutter
Hoarders cannot stop themselves from accumulating stuff—even if they live in fetid, rotting homes that ruin their lives.
puma
Fight and flight are part of the brain's automatic system for dealing with life-threatening situations—but there's more to the story.
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Scientists are using the most-studied brain in history to create a Google Earth for everything inside your head.

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Irving Kirsh aims to "explode the myth" of Prozac and its ilk, arguing that there's little evidence that they actually work for most patients.
trephination
As far back as the Stone Age, medics have attempted to heal wounds, cure insanity, banish seizures, and remove tumors via brain surgery—with mixed results. And yet there were important advances long before the era of modern antibiotics and anesthesia.
neuralmed
New research involves a lot of different ways to affect the brain: drugs, electrical signals, and, yes, actually shining light on neurons.
bluedots
Our brains evolved to mislead us, fooling us into seeing what might be rather than what truly is.
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