Table of Contents The Brain 2010

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metal
Lithium—a simple metal and the oldest drug in psychiatry—might protect the brain against mental illness, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases. One problem: There’s no profit in it.

DEPARTMENTS

Believe it or not, says psychologist Stephanie Ortigue, lust makes heavy intellectual demands involving complex thought. (Care to come upstairs and see my diplomas?)

DATA

Inside the Human Brain

With the power of neuroimaging, David Ewing Duncan takes a magical mystery tour of his own mind, exploring fear, memory, and faith.

We Are Natural-Born Cyborgs, and the Web Is Our Hive-Mind
The Look of Lust
Sex may be basic, but neuroscience suggests that desire can seduce the whole brain.
When Computers Meld With Our Minds
Futurist Vernor Vinge envisions the cyborgs of tomorrow.
Meet Your Secret Master
The rational part of your brain isn’t always in charge. Often, the automatic, unconscious side takes control—and you don’t even know it.
Deep Vision
Beneath the waves, ocean animals with bizarre and exotic ways of seeing create new points of view.
Mindless
Why letting your attention wander may be the best way to set goals, make discoveries, and live a balanced life.
The Internet Makes Deep Thought Difficult, if Not Impossible
Is the internet rotting our brain?
Prescription for Genius
Already, smart drugs improve alertness, memory, and mood. Will next-generation neuroenhancers boost creativity and cognition, or will they overwhelm our brains?
The Rules of Attraction
Looks aren’t everything: We pick partners based on an intricate calculus of who we think will make us happy.
Linked In
New efforts to trace the neural “connectome” — all the nodes and pathways in the brain — produce vivid images of the maps in our minds.
stopthink
Sian Beilock has a formula for performing in the clutch: Don’t pay too much attention to what you are doing.
The Dark Matter of the Human Brain
Mysterious cells in your brain — known as glia — outnumber your neurons 10 to 1, and nobody knows what they do.
Past Imperfect
Every time we call up a memory, we also rewrite it. Can we trust what we think we remember?
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