My Many Selves

June 13, 2017

How I learned to live with multiple personalities. Emma Young meets a woman with dissociative identity disorder and discovers what happens when you lose your sense of being an individual

Quick Read

We are misnamed. We call ourselves Homo sapiens, the “wise man,” but that’s more of a boast than a description. What makes us wise? What sets us apart from other animals? Various answers have been proposed — language, tools, cooperation, culture, tasting bad to predators — but none is unique to humans

Quick Read

Three-fifths of troops discharged from the military for misconduct in recent years had a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or another associated condition, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office

Quick Read

– but here’s one reason it doesn’t always work. In a meta-analysis covering over 20 studies, a team from Australia found no significant effects of tDCS on memory. It looks like timing is everything

Quick Read

Research suggests some are seeking out painkillers when what they really need is Prozac

Quick Read

Perceived images are hard to decode from fMRI scans. But a new kind of neural network approach now makes it easier and more accurate

Quick Read

Babies can’t tell us how much pain they’re in, which poses a problem for healthcare practitioners who are trying to manage their care. A new technique that uses non-invasive brain scans overcomes this frustrating limitation by providing what may be the first objective measure of infant pain

Quick Read

What could possibly go wrong? Neuralink – which is “developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers” – is probably a bad idea. If you understand the science behind it, and that’s what you wanted to hear, you can stop reading

Quick Read