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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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Does drinking coffee greatly reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease?

Coffee is certainly one of science's most investigated beverages. Recently, I found the Lifehacker website stating: According to further research, regular coffee drinkers may have less of a risk ...
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Does Aderall make you less creative?

In this discussion on the Hacker News forum, there is a debate about whether taking Aderall makes you less creative. This science blog quotes the New Yorker magazine: In the New Yorker Magazine ...
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Do humans have virtually limitless memory capacity?

I have been brought up believing that humans have virtually unlimited memory storage (long-term memory capacity) at least to the extent that we won't have to bother ourselves with that in our ...
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Can the human brain store around 4TB of data?

I found this first on a funny post online and discredited it as just a fun fact, but I have been reading it on comments online and people tweeting about it. Can the human brain store 4TB of data? How ...
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Can your thoughts be read through monitoring brain waves?

The scientists then sat their subjects in front of a computer screen and showed them images of banks, people, and PIN numbers. They then tracked the readings coming off of the brain, ...
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Is there any correlation between the ear to which you hold the phone and the person on the other end?

On a Big Bang Theory episode (sec 56) Leonard is talking over the phone and everyone wonders who's the person on the other side, afterward Sheldon claims: This should be fairly easy to deduce. ...
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Barbara Arrowsmith–Young's Neuroplasticity exercises

I recently attended a very interesting talk from this woman about how she changed her own brain using exercises that simulated deficient areas. While this was very interesting, especially from the ...
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Death of brain cells

I got this random science fact from my mobile carrier. Once a human reaches the age of 34, he/she will start losing approximately 7,000 brain cells a day. The cells will never be replaced. Is ...
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Can a person forget their own name?

I've seen it many times in movies; people not only forget something that happened, but they forget who they are entirely- including their name. A much-used plot device, retrograde amnesia occurs ...
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Did John Padgett become a math genius after getting hit on the head?

There have been some news reports about a college dropout, John Padgett, becoming a math genius after getting hit on the head. Could this be true or how much of this could be true?
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Is it dangerous to wake a sleepwalker?

Source It seems to be a common belief that you should never wake up a sleepwalker From Wikipedia - Sleepwalking: There are conflicting viewpoints on whether it is harmful to wake a ...
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Should I perform minor daily tasks with my “off”-hand to keep my brain active?

You find this advice all over the web: Use your non-dominant hand to do simple tasks such as brushing your teeth because it will make new brain cells grow. On the other hand, it is suggested that it ...
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Does Korean ginseng develop brain efficiency and prolong life?

From Proceeding of the Mini Workshop Southeast Asia Germany Alumni Network (SEAG): "... the Korean ginseng (Panax schinsen) has been well known as a tonic, treatment for Diabetes Mellitus, ...
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Does lumosity.com help one improve his/hers brain activity or not [closed]

I have been hearing about this website quite a lot, but when I looked into it I couldn't find any proof that it actually improves ones brain activity.
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Do Valkee bright light headsets reduce SAD symptoms?

This is old news in Finland by now, but I don't know if these products are well known elsewhere yet. The idea of Valkee headsets is bright light therapy with a twist—the light is channeled through ...
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Are there an unusually large number of people with Asperger's who work in or study IT or Computer Science?

I hear it claimed very often that there is a higher incidence of people with Asperger's Syndrome who work in IT or study computer science (far more so than other fields). This wired article touches ...
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Is brain piercing real?

In this 2008 article, "brain piercing" is described, with a photo: They drill small holes in your scull, then pass a metal (gold or silver) ring through them. The trick is that the ring presses ...
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Would born-blind people be able to make sense of shapes if they were healed?

Molyneux's Problem was published in Locke's An Essay Concerning Human Understanding in 1690. It was a thought experiment which essentially asked whether a person who was born blind, and could feel ...
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Does social media have measurable impacts on our brain? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Social Networking harmful to mind or body? Many claims are being made on social media affecting everything from attentionspan to ability to comperhend complex ideas. ...
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Does our brain make ourselves look five times more beautiful than we really are?

This "random fact" has been going on for a few days and no one seems to know it's source or if it's supported by any reliable research. If the research does exist I'd be much interested in checking ...
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Is there a benefit to “resting your brain” for a significant period of time?

I had an intense quarter at school where I was studying and working pretty much all the time. Over winter break, I had many grand intentions of studying on my own and learning what I wanted to learn. ...
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Is there any harm in forcing/re-educating a left-handed child to use their right hand?

Backstory: Many of my relatives were subjected by their parents to a "training process" to "prevent" left-hand-dominance. This method started at a very young age and basically consisted of politely ...