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13 articles

Total Recall

On LeBron James’s photographic memory.


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.


Partial Recall

Can neuroscience take the pain out of painful memories?


One More Time

Why we love repetition in music.


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.


Safecracking the Brain

What neuroscience is learning from code-breakers and thieves.


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? ”


For whom the cell tolls

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


Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains

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


Brain Gain

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


The Itch

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