Generally regarded as the center of the nervous system in most living beings.

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Do we “live” further in the past based on how tall we are?

Vsauce, in this video, You Live In The Past, viewed over 5 million times, claims that when you tap your nose and your toes at the same time, they feel as if they happened at the exact same time (which ...
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Do Nervana earphones stimulate the vagus nerve to enhance mood?

The company Nervana claim that their new earphones and generator devices can stimulate the vagus nerve in the ear. The proprietary left earbud [...] not only receives the left channel of the ...
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Does playing electronic games interfere with a child's healthy dopamine response?

In this August 2015 Psychology Today blog article, a child psychiatrist and author, Dr Victoria Dunckley makes a number of claims about how screen time is causing symptoms of mental health problems. ...
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Is there a link between ADHD and drinking fluoridated water?

[Newsweek][1] claims a study shows a link between ADHD and fluoridated water. New research shows there is a strong correlation between water fluoridation and the prevalence of Attention Deficit ...
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Do male human brains have better global efficiency than female human brains and female brains have better local efficiency in the right hemisphere?

Wikipedia writes in Lateralization of brain function: Significant differences between male and female hemispheric rivalry and dominance have been established. Male brains have significantly better ...
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Does the right eye feed information to the left brain hemisphere while the left eye feeds information to the right brain hemisphere?

Changingminds writes in Right and Left Brain: The brain cortex (the crinkly 'walnut' bit) is divided into two clear hemispheres, connected by the corpus callosum, which provides an 'information ...
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Does broccoli have a nervous system?

It appears there are non-reliable sources on the internet claiming broccoli has a nervous system: forum at funnyjunk.com: Broccoli have a very primitive nervous system. Technically, they are able ...
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Do we dream every night?

Tell someone you don't dream at night, and you'll often get the reponse, "Oh, didn't you know we dream every night? It's just that we forget our dreams". This is usually said as if it's a scientific ...
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What is the source for these brain scan images? [closed]

Here are four brain scan images, attributed to some non-scientific twitter account on the left: https://twitter.com/ProtestPics/status/717547937841221632/photo/1 Trying reverse image search brings up ...
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Do antidepressants cause brain damage?

A friend two years ago read an online article that claims antidepressants cause brain damage. I don't know which one, but I imagine it was something like this. Do antidepressants cause brain damage?
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Does 70% of our brains cells change every day? If yes, how significant is that?

Frederick Travis claims that 70% of our brain cells change every day (for example in this clip and in this talk). Considering that we've got a lot of brain cells, that 70% seems a lot as well. If ...
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Does birth control decrease gray matter in the brain?

I read once that women who take birth control pills experience decreases in gray matter. The researchers found that certain regions of the cortex were thinner in women who took birth control ...
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Does our subconscious not understand negation? [closed]

Supposedly our subconscious cannot understand negatives. Therefore we should formulate all our goals in a positive way. Instead of writing down "Don't smoke" as a goal we should use "Be smoke free". ...
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Is dysharmonia a recognized medical condition?

In his book Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks discusses a case involving a woman named Rachel Y. who lost the ability to process harmony in a car accident. He then explains how this lead to simultanagnosia. ...
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Are male and female brains connected in a completely different manner?

I found this claim on Focus, an Italian pop-sci magazine: Le reti di connessioni cerebrali nel cervello dei maschi (in alto) e in quelle donne (in basso): in blu sono visibili i collegamenti all'...
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Is a new case of dementia diagnosed every 4 seconds?

I recently heard a claim that a new case of dementia is diagnosed every 4 seconds from various resources including the World Health Organization, The total number of new cases of dementia each ...
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Did Emil Krebs master 68 languages?

The German polyglot Emil Krebs allegedly mastered 68 languages. Which, frankly, I find unbelievable. Unfortunately, I cannot find any reliable and convincing source. Is there solid evidence that Emil ...
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Do antipsychotics have persistent negative effects on the brain?

I've found many web-sites that warn against anti-psychotics. But antipsychotic treatment has a negative impact on the brain, so … we must get the word out that they should be used with great care, ...
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Could people perceive the color blue in ancient times?

This article claims that no ancient language anywhere in the world had the word for "blue", that for instance Homer described the sea as "wine-dark", and that the color blue has only appeared more ...
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Does bilingualism prevent Alzheimer's?

I have read a few articles that claim that being able to speak second a language has various benefits to the mind, including preventing or delaying Alzheimer's disease, Is this really true?
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Can the special sound frequency make addiction? [duplicate]

Supposedly, for certain music track are used any frequencies that the human ear can not hear , but the brain can. And this the frequencies create pleasant feelings, which is why more people choose a ...
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CPH4 is exist or not [duplicate]

what if our brain really works at more than 50%.In Lucy movie they were telling about the drug name CPH4 or they tell that it will produce at the time of pregnancy when women is at 5 or 6 months.Is ...
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Can a “brain-sensing headband” be used to train to be less stressed?

Interaxon claim that their "brain-sensing headband", Muse, together with an iOS or Android app, can provide a user with some feedback that can be used to train the brain to become more calm and less ...
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Are Facebook Likes similar to cocaine addiction?

The Financal Times reports: Dopamine jolt behind internet addiction The effect on the brain is similar to what makes drug addicts reuse cocaine Kristen Lindquist, professor of psychology ...
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Does neck-strengthening exercise prevent knockouts in boxing?

There are sites that claim stronger necks help prevent knockouts when boxing... For example: Livestrong Most boxers work hard to strengthen their legs for a good, strong base and their arms for a ...
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Do firstborns have a higher IQ?

I've seen number of articles telling about the fact that firstborns are more likely to have higher IQ than their sibilings. Sources: Research Finds Firstborns Gain the Higher I.Q., Study: Older ...
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Can sighted people learn to read braille by touch at a level comparable to blind individuals?

I've been told by a friend who works at a school for the blind that no sighted person has ever learned to read braille by touch at the level that is comparable to a literate blind person. Is this true?...
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Are people thoughts broadcasting on their brain-waves frequency? [duplicate]

Before my question, these are results I've gained when I researched about brain and neurons in couple of websites (plus my analysis!) : (It's not about reading thoughts through "monitoring brain ...
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Does everybody have almost same brain-waves while they're thinking about the same thing?

Do people have almost same brain-waves (Waves that captured by EEG) while they are thinking the same thing (For example thinking about an Apple)? To put it another way, are there patterns in measured ...
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Does a dog's brain secrete the same substances when it sees its owner as humans do when in love?

The following statement is doing to the rounds across the social web: When a dog sees its owner, its brain secretes the same substances as ours when we are in love It is usually accompanied by ...
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Can “binaural beats” alter your state of consciousness?

According to many websites and YouTube videos (including Wikipedia): "Binaural Beats" are a proven brain wave entrainment audio stimulus that are guaranteed to alter your state of consciousness. ...
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Is transcranial Direct Current Stimulation beneficial for a healthy human brain?

I recently ran into a website making some pretty interesting claims about "transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)". The claims are as follows: Overclock your brain using transcranial ...
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Does eating grains cause alzheimer's?

Dr. David Perlmutter argues that grains are [the/a?] cause of Alzheimer's disease and brain degeneration in general. He says eating grains can lead to dementia, chronic headaches, depression, ...
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Are our minds quantum entangled with people we are (emotionally) close to?

I came to know about the extended mind from the following presentation by Rupert Sheldrake who presented his research at Google TechTalk. The link to the video Sheldrake claims that the horizon of ...
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Is it possible to solve problems without active thinking?

I am a mathematics major and I constantly hear people (including my professors) saying that when you are not actively thinking about a given problem and playing tennis for instance your subconscious ...
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Can exercises be used to balance the brain's hemispheres?

I keep being told that exercises like touching your left knee with your right hand help stimulate the brain hemispheres and the "balance" between them. Here's a random example I found on Google from ...
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Can hearing aids “repair” hearing issues thanks to brain plasticity?

I'm 24 and for some undetermined reason, I have hearing loss exclusively from the left ear and this, from my childhood. Nothing (treatment, surgery, etc) can be done to cure my ear so I decided to see ...
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Does Lumosity increase your intelligence?

Lumosity is a popular website that claims to help you become a more intellectually capable individual. Harness your brain's neuroplasticity and train your way to a brighter life" Is it truly ...
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Does juggling increase gray matter/size of the occipito-temporal cortex?

I have been led to believe by expert testimonies that juggling may lead to an increase in brain depth and size. At the moment I am not able to draw on much evidence. If this is a myth, I would ...
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Can irregular sleeping hours cause developmental issues for the brain?

It seems to be a common belief (i.e. here) that in order for our brain to rest and grow properly, we need to have regular, maintained sleeping regimes. While there seems to be no doubt that sleeping ...
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Does it take the same force to bite through a finger as a carrot?

I've heard (multiple times) that your finger is as easy to bite through as a carrot. Here are some places I've seen it proposed: KGBAnswers WikiAnswers Additionally, it is a popular question on ...
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Is a lack of breakfast the #1 brain damaging habit?

I came across the following list. "Top 10 biggest brain damaging habits". Although they're all interesting "food" for skepticism, I will focus on #1, because I find this a peculiar claim. Some other ...
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Did Akakhievitch open up the patient's brain and, one by one, ablate several thousand neurons, each of which related to the concept of his mother?

Source: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=single-brain-cell-stores-single-concept Once a brilliant Russian Neurosurgeon named Akakhi Akakhievitch had a patient who wanted to forget ...
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Does listening to complaints damage your neurons?

I read this old news today as it's gone viral in Italy: That pain you feel listening to complainers? It's real enough to peel away neurons from your brain and render it pretty much useless, ...
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Can headbanging cause brain damage?

I'm not personally a fan of headbanging, but a friend of mine recently suggested they had brain damage from too many heavy metal concerts, and the suggestion got me thinking. A quick survey of my ...
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Can those limited to the left side of their brains only describe the left half of one's face?

In this video (around 9:45 into it), the narrator says one effect of being limited to the left hemisphere of the brain was that, without noticing it, one will lose the ability to describe the right ...
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Could an adult mind automatically adjust if a person was to wear glasses that inverted/flipped all vision?

It is known that the human eye anatomy makes it so that all images we see with our eyes are flipped upside down. Without noticing it, at an early age, the brain is adjusted to this. What I mean is ...
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Does the brain limit muscle strength in humans, but not in other apes?

In researching whether the brain limits our muscle strength, Sciencedaily has a quote: Add to this the effect of severe electric shock, where people are often thrown violently by their own extreme ...
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Does sex cure headache's symptoms or causes?

The claim that sex cures headaches is commonly quoted. For example, from 10 Reasons Sex is Good For You: 10. Sex Can Cure Headaches A South Illinois School Of Medicine study on 52 migraine ...
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Does the combination of red wine and cheese cause bad dreams?

I have only anecdotal evidence to support the aforementioned claim: heard it from several people in my youth and believe to have experienced it myself, but that might be placebo. Some quick googling ...