From infancy through adolescence, children’s brains go through tremendous change, both physically and cognitively. How can we improve children’s learning potential as they grow?

Why Are People Left Handed?

Today is International Left Handers Day - so we thought we'd look into the question: why are people left handed? How is your dominant hand determined, and what are the evolutionary advantages or disadvantages of being left handed? First, a...
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Video: Michael Merzenich in Conversation with the Dalai Lama

Of all the neuroscientists in the world, who had the honor of sharing the stage with the Dalai Lama last week? Our co-founder and chief scientist, Dr. Michael Merzenich, was chosen for a very special on-stage discussion with His Holiness...
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More Evidence that Music Lessons May Strengthen the Brain

A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience has found that people who have learned to play music--at any point in life, including young childhood--enjoy brain benefits that last a lifetime. Specifically, people who have studied music exhibit strengthened...
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This is What Happens in your Brain When You’re Scared Senseless

Do you love or hate scary movies? Are you the first to line up for a haunted house, or do you stay as far away as possible? I often wonder why some people love scary stories and situations, when I...
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Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change your Life

I'm excited to announce that my brand new book Soft-Wired is now out and available in paperback or Kindle format. This book was a labor of love, and it took me many years and many iterations to say exactly what...
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