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17 articles

Phineas Gage, Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient

The railroad foreman’s brain was pierced by a tamping iron. He lived to tell the tale.


Remember This

Inside the minds of two people, one with the world’s best memory and one with the world’s worst.


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? ”



On the scientific research of Romanian orphans.


Beautiful Brains

On the minds of teenagers.


The Brain on Trial

Eagleman, a neuroscientist, describes how groundbreaking advances in the science of brain have changed our understanding of volition in criminal acts, and may erode the underpinnings of our justice system.


The Possibilian

On a neuroscientist’s personal mission to solve the mystery of how the brain processes time.


By Analogy

An interview with Douglas Hofstadter, who after winning the Pulitzer for Gödel, Escher, Bach retreated into the lab and published only sparingly in technical journals, on what it would mean if a program could generate humor and/or masterful compositions.


The Brain That Changed Everything

The brain of Henry Molaison gave science most of what it knows about memory. Dr. Jacopo Annese believes there’s even more to learn.


As Good as Dead

Is there really such a thing as brain death?


Recovering from a Brain Injury

A first-person account. “If you’re the sort of person who has only ever had to deal with colds and cuts, food poisoning and the odd virus…what strikes you most is the glacial pace of recuperation.”


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.