The primary component of the central nervous system, which, along with the spinal cord, controls the body of bilaterally symmetrical beings.

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Brain controls switched sides?

I've been wanting to ask about this for along time, I was told about it when I was young but wanted to ask again. Not long after I was born (I was 7 weeks early) I had to have an operation cuz I ...
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Is there a particular state of performing a specific activity? [on hold]

This question is based on some of my own human activity, but lack of neurological and psychological knowledge, I am not able to deeply answer it. We rise by lifting others - Robert Ingersoll ...
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Physical activity in fasted state: Glucose for brain vs muscles [on hold]

Let's consider this scenario: You do sports in the morning in a fasted state (i.e. without consuming any calories after waking). Your brain of course needs glucose and your liver probably still has ...
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perception of time during sleep/dreaming [on hold]

Almost all of you might have observed at some point in your life that while sleeping, your brain creates a story matching to an external stimulus. Most of the times external stimulus is very short ...
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Why brain swells after brain death? [closed]

Hot nose is a known symptom of probable brain death . I read that it happens due to cessation of blood flow to the brain from swelling. Or is hot nose sign only valid for death from intracranial ...
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Most flawed organ in the modern human body? [closed]

Is the human brain the most flawed organ or just the last organ to be fully explained by medical science?
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Can sleep be replaced by chemical supliments? [closed]

If adenosine makes a person sleepy to rebuild chemicals in the brain, than is it possible to inhibit adenosine and externally produce and inject the needed chemicals?
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What happens to the human brain when unconscious?

What part of the brain gets affected and does it harm the brain? Thank you I just needed some extra info for a video I'm making.
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What happens to the brain during sleep versus unconsciousness?

How does being unconsciousness differ from being asleep and whether it causes breaks in consciousness?
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Why doesn't the rest of the body have something like the “blood-brain” barrier to protect itself from pathogens?

According to Wikipedia: "The blood–brain barrier acts very effectively to protect the brain from most pathogens". This is because the pathogens cannot pass through the tight junctions of the ...
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Detecting brainwaves with no direct contact and no electrodes

Brainwaves are low frequency waves which is hard to detect and can be interfered with radio waves.i heard that it is possible to detect it with radio telescope and can be analysed with computers and ...
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How can neurons divide without centrioles?

I have read in my studies that neurons lack centrioles. If that is so, then how is it possible that new neurons are added to our brain? Does this have anything to do with memory loss?
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Brain capacity of Cro-magnon man vs Modern man

Cranial capacity of Cromagnon man was about 1650cc whereas average cranial capacity in modern human is 1450cc. My question is, why during the course of evolution, a reduction in cranial capacity is ...
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How were (many) dinosaurs' brains so small?

Brain size (or its proxy, encephalization quotient) usually varies allometrically with mass -- larger creatures need larger brains to control their larger bodies, apparently. Dinosaurs are popularly ...
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the evolution of the human brain size [closed]

I was thinking, as I know, sometimes the process of producing DNA did not work well(correct me if I'm wrong), so it gives us some changes in the object we gonna ...
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“Next generation” brain scanners, can they detect CTE?

I've just read the news that a "new generation" brain scanner is under development. I wonder whether they can detect chronic traumatic encephalopathy. I haven't been able to find the paper about these ...
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Is there an equivalent to a refresh rate for the brain and consciousness?

Computers have a clock rate that synchronizes their processors. In spite of tempting analogies, the brain is clearly not simply an organic computer. It is constantly changing, rewiring and pruning its ...
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Headshot = instant kill? [closed]

While whatching a film, I've been thinking about how does a headshot kill someone, and how long does it take? For example let's say you've beeing shot by a normal (police) handfired weapon - no ...
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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on science fair [closed]

My friends and I would love to make a TMS machine and apply it to make famous "god helmet". We know that magnetic stimulation may cause visions of angels, gods etc. My question is: what are the ...
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Does Alzheimer affect more than day-to-day memory?

I know that Alzheimer's damages a part of the brain called the hippocampus, which has a central role in day-to-day memory. But, could it affect also on things in other memory centers, things such as ...
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How long does a spiking signal last?

It is surprisingly hard to find information about the timing of neurons, in particular how long an action potential can contribute to the summation of a neuron. Is it on the order of milliseconds or ...
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How would a human brain change if it existed in isolation? [closed]

How would a human brain change if it didn't receive any signals for a longer period of time (e.g. 1 month)?
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What are the dangers related to keeping a human brain alive outside of a human body? [closed]

I am interested in learning about the feasibility of keeping a human brain alive outside of a human body. The question: What obstacles do we need to overcome to be able to keep a human brain alive ...
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What were the main discoveries in Biology? [closed]

What were the greatest achievements in Biology? Can you please provide a short list of discoveries that you would consider as being the most important discoveries of the history of Biology.
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How is the brain kickstarted during development [closed]

The brain is a complicated beast, that operates (generally) by electrical activity. During development, all cells originate from the a single "cell": the zygote. At some point during development, the ...
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How to use the 10-20 system of placement with 3 leads in EEG?

I am trying to get EEG signals using a homemade circuit. I have 2 active electrodes and a reference electrode. My question is, can I implement the 10-20 system of electrode placement by connecting the ...
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What is meningitis? [closed]

I know that meningitis is the inflammation of the meninges surrounding the brain and the spinal cord. But I still don't understand this definition. If you can broaden the definition, please do.
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Brain wave and motor movement correlation

I am trying to better understand which brain waves are generated when the motor system (arms, legs, muscles of any kind) are activated. According to Wikipedia, several types (Beta, Gamma, Mu) appear ...
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why does brain produces noise? [duplicate]

when i look at a white wall i see little colored dots moving in circles filling my whole visual view, just like the static on a tv but then in color. I thought everybody had this but recently i ...
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What physical or mental actions can be picked up by EEGs?

There certainly seem to be a lot of gadgets and gizmos leveraging EEG technologies to the control of devices. This makes me wonder: what intentions/thoughts can be captured by EEG technology, and ...
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how to see prefrontal cortex works normally by a test?

Is there a test to see if the Prefrontal cortex of someone works normally? especially a simple test like a questionnaire that you give the individuals to fill out and based on their answer you obtain ...
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Synaptic pruning and selective elimination during adolescence

How does Synaptic pruning occur during pre-adolescence, adolescence and post-adolescence, after there is blooming overproduction of synaptic connections until the years of late childhood, and how does ...
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Examples of seeking behavior by brainless animals

Are there any examples of brainless animals (e.g. jellyfish) exhibiting seeking behavior, such as following smell or light gradients towards food, or following hormones towards mates?
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Atlas from human brain structures to 3D coordinates?

I would like to visualize specific human brain structures in the three dimensional space and compute specific geometric properties of these brain structures (size, centroid, etc). Therefore, I am ...
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Is there a joint on a brain connecting both inner speech and outer speech sensation?

I'm interested of the neurophysiology of the inner speech/inner voice aka. auditory thinking. This question is similar to: What are the common neural circuitries between visual sensation and the ...
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How do Binaural Beats Work?

We have a project on different ways of relaxation. One way I found out was binaural beats. Could anyone please tell me how they work. You guys are masters when it comes to simplifying things! All I ...
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Why do we have two brain hemispheres? [closed]

Is there any explanation why we have two brain hemispheres? Is there any advantage of having two in contrast to having one (or three / four)? From what I've read so far (not too much; I'm not a ...
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How does the brain train its neural network?

One question that came up learning how artificial neural networks are working was how the brain can train its neural network? When we say we have an artificial neural network, the problem behind it ...
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How much should one smoke in order to prevent Parkinson's? [closed]

There are studies who claim that nicotine has a neuroprotective effect against Parkinson's(such as this: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11772120) What would be the minimum amount of ...
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Of people who develop Alzheimer disease, are those people genetically predisposed to it?

I have read a lot lately about microbiological pathogens that are found in blood vessels in the brain of patient's with Alzheimer disease (positive association). So, I am confused whether there are ...
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Does recovery time after a concussion really prevent CTE in football players?

I just watched Concussion, which introduces the discovery of a brain disease called CTE due to head trauma, and in looking at the NFL's response to the issue of CTE, one of the primary solutions I saw ...
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How does waking up from an alarm clock work?

During sleep, one's brain is shut down. All it can do is to see some dreams from the semi-conscious mind. Then how does it hear when the alarm clock rings?
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Are all tastes just a combination of sour, sweet, bitter, etc.?

For example, can the taste of pineapple be isolated to just a certain amount of "salty-taste-triggering-molecules" and "sweet-taste-triggering-molecules" etc.? Can our current understanding of the ...
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Understanding the brain: how are neurotransmitters released in the brain?

I have a basic knowledge of how neural networks work. A potential difference is created that forces sodium, potassium, chloride, and calcium ions to flow which carries an electrical signal to the end ...
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How can neuronal signals faithfully be reproduced by scalp electrodes?

There is a skull barrier (and possibly other layers too) between the brain and the scalp. I have seen people trying to extract EEG signals from the scalp by connecting electrodes and interface it to ...
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Synapse formation [closed]

I am trying to learn about neuronal synapse formation, but the literature is intimidating to someone with little background knowledge. I am interested in synapse formation in both human adults as ...
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Can brain damage caused by physical injury affect the social behaviour of a person?

Can a physical injury to the brain, resulting from an accident, and not the result of a diagnosed mental illness, affect a person's social behavior?
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Why does our mouth “water”?

Whenever we see something delicious, rapid salivation starts in our mouth. Also, it doesn't happen for all other food, which we eat regularly. So, Is there any particular use of "rapid salivation"? ...
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Dreaming after passing out

I'll have few questions about passing out and dreaming. English is not my native language, and my biology knowledge is very limited. So bear with me. What exactly is blackout? (in a really simple ...
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How does the brain recall information?

In computers, finding a single word is realized through serial attempts across all available connections to find a specified target. How does the brain solve this? How does the whole process, from ...