Caffeine keeps your body fat warm, on top of lighting up your brain

Hot take: caffeine triggers brown fat thermogenesis via the brain

Cuttlefish can learn with the brains they keep in their arms

With 500 million neurons dispersed throughout the body, some say they have 9 brains

Some people just don't age, at least not like most

Super Agers and their brains might reveal something about age-related cognitive decline

Students can learn with their mouths as well as with their eyes and hands

The finding is a win for education accessibility for blind and low-vision students

A new molecule and an under-appreciated neuron have been implicated in Parkinson's disease

Researchers studying Parkinson’s disease pivot from the usual dopamine story and reveal a new mechanism underlying early motor deficits

There's a neurological reason you say ‘um' when you think of a word

Disfluencies can shed light about what's going on in the brain as we speak

How COVID-19 has worsened the lives of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's patients

Poor health outcomes and quarantines have accelerated the progress of motor and neurological dysfunction

How seven cases of a mysterious opioid-induced disease revolutionized Parkinson's research

In the early 1980s, seven people took synthetic heroin. What happened next drastically changed our understanding of Parkinson's disease, and how to treat it

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The neurons that make fruit flies interested in sex are turned on by song

Fruit flies go so far as to have species specific melodies and chords

A smell test can predict whether unresponsive patients will recover

Smell could be the key to predicting recovery paths for people after brain injuries

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This see-through worm offers new insights into the gut-brain axis

C. elegans provides a transparent model of how bacteria and sound waves can affect the nervous system

Your brain isn't the same in virtual reality as it is in the real world

VR is widely used to study the brain, but it isn't the same as real life — and this has real-world consequences

People missing the scent region of their brain can still smell

Scientists thought you needed an olfactory bulb to smell — then they discovered two unique women

Lead poisoning hits low-income children harder than their affluent neighbors

Children living in poverty suffer greater cognitive and physical effects from lead exposure than children from richer families, even if they live in the same area