Brain

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Total Recall

On LeBron James’s photographic memory.

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Survivor No. 3

A day after swimming in an Arkansas water park, Kali Harding was diagnosed with a brain-eating amoeba that kills 99% of the people infects. This is the story of how she survived.

Previously: The Longform Guide to the Brain.

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Partial Recall

Can neuroscience take the pain out of painful memories?

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One More Time

Why we love repetition in music.

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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

A profile of cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter, who has spent the last 30 years trying to replicate the human mind.

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Safecracking the Brain

What neuroscience is learning from code-breakers and thieves.

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How The Light Gets Out

“In the computer age, it is not hard to imagine how a computing machine might construct, store and spit out the information that ‘I am alive, I am a person, I have memories, the wind is cold, the grass is green,’ and so on. But how does a brain become aware of those propositions? ”

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For whom the cell tolls

Why your phone may (or may not) be killing you.

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Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains

What fragmented reading experiences do to neural circuitry. (It’s not good.)

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Brain Gain

The not-so-underground culture of neuroenhancing drug use, and where it’s headed.

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The Itch

What the sensation of uncontrollable itch and the phantom limbs of amputees can tell us about how the brain works.