Great scientists and great ideas have molded what we know about our brains. Who are these brain explorers and how did they go about discovering more about the human brain, and thus about us?

Myths About the Brain: 10 percent and Counting

Do we really use only a small portion of our brain? If the answer to this question is yes, then knowing how to access the "unused" part of our brain should unleash untapped mental powers and allow us perform at...
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Hans Selye: The Discovery of Stress

G.A.S. Spells Stress As with so many wondrous discoveries of science and medicine, it was by chance that Hungarian-born Hans Selye (1907-1982) stumbled upon the idea of the General Adaptation Syndrome (G.A.S.), which he first wrote about in the British...
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Santiago Ramon y Cajal: “The Father of Neuroscience”

A prime payload of the 1998 spring flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia was Neurolab, a "space laboratory" packed with experiments focused on the human brain. The shuttle also carried what NASA researcher Kerry Walton termed "the first historically important...
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Century of the Brain

As one learns more about neuroscience and those who study it, there is almost a sense of Greek tragedy -- an element of hubris is always lurking about. What bravado to study something so complex and so …well … incomprehensible!...
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Rights and Wrongs: The Emerging Field of Neuroethics

In the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kate Winslet played a young woman who had all memory of her unsatisfactory love affair with Jim Carrey erased. In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley imagined a place where citizens take...
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