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Brain Waves

Dispatches from the frontiers of neuroscience

Featuring 21 articles by 11 scientists

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The beautiful merger of art and science that inspired generations of neuroscientists

"Perhaps only an artist's eye could have seen so much in a slice of brain"

Elle O'Brien

Computational Neuroscience

Artificial intelligence isn't a 'black box.' It's a key to studying the brain

Algorithms can help us see how our unconscious processes work – if we understand their language

Daniel Bear

Neuroscience

Stanford University

Scientists have learned to grow brain tissue to 100x (just add water)

A new technique to expand cells seems like science fiction: it lets researchers bypass laws of microscope physics

Gregory Logan-Graf

Cell Biology

Carnegie Mellon University

Comment 3 peer comments

How machine learning is helping neuroscientists understand the brain

An expert argues that neuroscience is using the wrong metaphors

Daniel Bear

Neuroscience

Stanford University

Can we reverse the effects of drugs on developing brains?

These researchers are trying to find out

Lauren Mackenzie Reynolds

Neuroscience

McGill University

International collaboration is the best way to understand the complexities of the brain

Why neuroscientists are creating their own CERN to understand the mind together

Maya Emmons-Bell

Developmental Biology

UC Berkeley

The psychedelic renaissance is here. Will it last this time?

To avoid the mistakes of the past, scientists and society need to open their minds

Benjamin Bell

Neuroscience

Johns Hopkins University

Does modern neuroscience really help us understand behavior?

Two experts argue that the field needs to move beyond its limited roots

Danbee Kim

Comparative Neuroscience

Champalimaud Foundation

Gonçalo Lopes

Neuroscience

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

Comment 1 peer comment

We're beginning to understand why spinal cord tissue is so hard to heal

A group of recent findings may eventually pave the way for better treatments

Lauren Mackenzie Reynolds

Neuroscience

McGill University

Comment 2 peer comments

How does the developing brain learn to perceive the world before it can see it?

Our eyes work when we're born, even though they've never been exposed to light

Maya Emmons-Bell

Developmental Biology

UC Berkeley

Comment 3 peer comments

Can MDMA help people with autism overcome social anxiety?

An expert lays out a cautiously optimistic case for using the psychedelic in therapy

Benjamin Bell

Neuroscience

Johns Hopkins University

Comment 2 peer comments

Here's what happened when researchers raised monkeys who never saw a face

We may not be hardwired to recognize faces after all

Daniel Bear

Neuroscience

Stanford University

Comment 2 peer comments

How shaving mice led to an accidental discovery about our sense of touch

We're gonna need more shaving cream

Gregory Logan-Graf

Cell Biology

Carnegie Mellon University

Comment 3 peer comments

Massive's New Brain Waves 👋

Introducing our cohort of neuroscientist writers

Nadja Oertelt

Here's what happens to hamster brains when they don't get enough play

Play might be more important for brain development than we thought

Brooke Dulka

Behavioral Neuroscience

University of Tennessee

Want to learn how brains go awry? First, we must learn how they work

We set out to make neurons deep in the brain glow bright so we could see their role in vision

Ashley Juavinett

Neuroscience

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

How scientists are mapping the brain networks that connect our childhoods to everyday behaviors

It's shining a light on the complex origins of mental illness.

Prabarna Ganguly

Neuroscience

Northeastern University

Will it ever be possible to measure subjective experience?

A animated journey into the questions of consciousness posed by Christof Koch and David Chalmers

Nadja Oertelt

Dreaming and wakefulness are two ways of being yourself

The definition of consciousness is harder to pin down than you might think, argues cognitive neuroscientist Elizaveta Solomonova.

Nadja Oertelt

Neuroscientists proved the brain regenerates. Now they’re trying to figure out how.

Defying common knowledge lead us to a theory of neurogenesis.

Kirsi Goldynia

Neurons die with grace

Neuroscientist Emily Lowry’s ongoing research on how and why nerve cells die has implications for Alzheimer’s, ALS and beyond.

Massive Staff