The Neuroscience of Pain
Discovering why we hurt.
Discovering why we hurt.
What the sensation of uncontrollable itch and the phantom limbs of amputees can tell us about how the brain works.
When the most famous amnesiac in history died, the battle for custody of his brain began.
On the unexpected longevity of a very strange theory.
Kim Suozzi, who died at 23, chose to have her brain preserved for future revival. It’s not as far-fetched a prospect as you’d think.
The intricacies of a delicate operation.
Excerpted from Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Chronicling 1,541 days with a car accident survivor.
Lonnie Sue Johnson is an artist who can’t retain a memory for longer than a minute or two.
A baby’s brain needs love to develop.
The railroad foreman’s brain was pierced by a tamping iron. He lived to tell the tale.
Inside the minds of two people, one with the world’s best memory and one with the world’s worst.
A profile of cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter, who has spent the last 30 years trying to replicate the human mind.
What neuroscience is learning from code-breakers and thieves.
“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.
On living without memories.
On the minds of teenagers.
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.
On a neuroscientist’s personal mission to solve the mystery of how the brain processes time.
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 of Henry Molaison gave science most of what it knows about memory. Dr. Jacopo Annese believes there’s even more to learn.
Is there really such a thing as brain death?
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.”
What fragmented reading experiences do to neural circuitry. (It’s not good.)
The not-so-underground culture of neuroenhancing drug use, and where it’s headed.