A New Map of the Human Brain!

The human brain just got a whole new map, and it turns out that it has 97 new regions that we never even knew existed. The Human Connectome Project is a massive effort to understand literally everything there is to know about the human brain. And last week, scientists working on the project announced that they’d finished a new map.…

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Where Are All the Dinosaur Brains?

[♪ INTRO] When you picture a fossil, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a dinosaur bone. We’ve all seen those terrifyingly enormous skeletons that go all the way up to the museum’s ceiling. But what about their brains? And their blood vessels, and skin, and other organs? Most of the super old fossils we’ve found are just…

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Why Are Some People Left-Handed?

[MUSIC] [MUSIC] Evolution spent nearly 400 million years crafting these works of art, two of the most important pieces of the human evolutionary puzzle. Yet 99% of us end up being good with one hand and not the other, for common tasks like writing, high-fiving, and the all-important one-handed texting. Even life itself seems to have chosen sides: our amino…

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No, You Don’t Have a “Reptilian Brain”

[ ♪ Intro ] You might have come across articles like How to Make Friends Using Your Reptilian Brain or Overcome Your Reptile Brain to Lose Weight. And if they seemed to make a lot of sense… Well, I’m sorry to be a spoilsport, but the idea that humans have a primitive reptile brain deep down there somewhere is largely…

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Can You Use Electricity to Supercharge Your Brain? | tDCS

People around the world are strapping batteries to their heads to supercharge their brains. Seriously. This is a thing. It’s called transcranial direct-current stimulation, or tDCS, and it involves using electric currents to stimulate your brain. The companies that want to sell you tDCS devices claim that it has all kinds of benefits: They might say that it’ll boost your…

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Your Brain’s Secret to Freestyling

[ intro ] Have you ever seen a performance that just blew your mind? Like when, mid-song, the guitarist just goes completely nuts and pulls this god-like solo seemingly out of nowhere? You may think that musicians who are awesome at improvising are just inexplicably gifted. Like they’re some supernaturally talented genius. But psychological studies tell us that actually, what…

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How Mind-Controlling Parasites Teach Us About Brains

Thanks to Skillshare for supporting this episode of SciShow. [♪ INTRO] Imagine this: you’re minding your own business when all of a sudden, you’re mysteriously seized by the overwhelming urge to climb to the roof of your building after work and just stand there. All night long. Come morning, you head back down and go about your day as if…

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Use Your Brain!

Hey there everyone! Remember me? If you do remember me, that’s because you’re using one of the most awesome and powerful parts of your body. Your brain. Your brain is also the reason that you can can see me —and hear me — and understand what I’m saying! Clearly, the brain isn’t just powerful…it’s powerfully important! So let’s learn some…

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Are There “Male” and “Female” Brains?

*Theme plays* I think we’ve all heard this saying: “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus.” The implication being that they are just completely, totally, fundamentally distinct. But say you picked up a male brain and a female brain and compared them. Like, you squeezed them and you poke ’em and prod ’em and… This is kind of a…

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When Your Brain Can’t Accept Reality: Anosognosia

Thanks to CuriosityStream for supporting this episode! Go to CuriosityStream.com/psych to learn more. [ ♪INTRO ] Back in the 1940s, a man suffered a series of injuries that left him mostly paralyzed and was confined to a hospital bed. Over time he grew more irritable and demanding of the staff, and if you asked him why he was there, he’d…

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