New Neuron

Sometimes a brain is just a brain! Or is it? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Most animals have brains that are pretty similar to ours. But animals didn’t split the atom, invent the iPhone, or make it to the moon. What makes OUR brains

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Mind Control

I’ve got burgers on the brain – literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Do I want fries with that double-double? Of course!! Sure, it messes with my waistline. But is it also messing with my BRAIN? Meet Garret Stuber from the University of North

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Three High Mice

If you give a mouse LSD…THEN what? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Hallucinations are tricky to study. So it’s hard to develop effective treatments for disorders like schizophrenia. Giving people LSD to make them hallucinate? Probably a bad idea. Fortunately, it’s much easier, well,

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Mind Reader

You too can have ESP! It’s as easy as…putting on your hat? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ever wonder what your friends are REALLY thinking? For example, do they actually love your new haircut? Well, knowing the answer might be possible – thanks to

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Left Field

Does anxiety send you into left field? Literally? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, and on emotional orientation! Psychologists in the UK report that a person’s emotions can steer where they walk. They say anxiety or inhibition can lead people leftwards. But overall positive vibes

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Whodunnit?

Don’t panic, but…it’s a lie detector test! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying “Whodunnit?” Lie detectors monitor your heart rate. If you can keep your cool, they’re easy to deceive. But, can we invent a truth machine that CAN’T be fooled by breathing exercises?

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That Lovin’ Feeling

What happens when love and touch meet? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Love isn’t always about words. We say a lot in the way we touch and hold loved ones. These physical contacts release feel-good brain chemicals like oxytocin. But do those brain responses

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Amped-Up Memory

Your brain – what’s it up to…at night? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. It’s not just cooking up bizarre dreams! Sleep is also thought to affect memory formation.. Our natural electrical brain activity helps seal in those memories, converting them from short-term to long-term.

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