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The brain

What gives a Xmas song the X factor?

White Christmas, Blue Christmas, Last Christmas ... it's the same Christmas songs that you hear endlessly repeated on the radio and in shopping malls every year. But what is it that makes these songs so enduringly popular?

How music touches the brain

New method reveals how different musical features activate emotional, motor and creative areas of the brain.

Nicotine worsens processing ability

Nicotine gives you a kick-start, but the benefit stops there. New research shows that nicotine affects our information processing ability in several ways.

Cognitive impairments persist

Many patients who have survived serious ailments or a cardiac arrest experience a lingering cognitive impairment.

Antidepressants can cause heart failure

Antidepressants containing the active ingredient Citalopram can cause potentially serious heart rhythm disturbances, a new study shows.

What’s it like to be a bee?

Information obtained from the tiny brain of a fly, cockroach or bee can be applied to studying the far more complex information processing mechanisms found in humans.

Depression can damage the brain

People suffering from depression run the risk that their brains shrink and will remain smaller after the disease is over. The discovery provides new knowledge about the brain and new understanding of how antidepressants work.

Hypnosis makes multitasking a breeze

People with brain damage can become better at performing multiple tasks by using hypnosis, new studies indicate.

Your smartphone can scan your brain

Now you can connect a headset with electrodes to your smartphone, so you can read your brain’s signals while on the move.

Your face reveals what you are eating

New research links facial expressions to the taste of what we eat. In the future it will be difficult to conceal what we actually think food tastes like.