Science News: Our Weekly Picks from Around the Web

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Science News: Our Weekly Picks from Around the Web

The Brain on Love
“All relationships change the brain — but most important are the intimate bonds that foster or fail us, altering the delicate circuits that shape memories, emotions and that ultimate souvenir, the self.” (03/24/2012)

A Neuroscientist’s Quest to Reverse Engineer the Human Brain
“M.I.T. scientist Sebastian Seung describes the audacious plan to find the connectome–a map of every single neuron in the brain. Here, he says, is the secret of human identity” (03/20/2012)

Brain “rewrites” monotonous speech of boring people
“The human brain prevents us from drifting off when listening to boring people by “rewriting” monotonous speech to make it sound more interesting, scientists have found.” (03/23/2012)

Researchers show that memories reside in specific brain cells
“Simply activating a tiny number of neurons can conjure an entire memory.” (03/22/2012)

‘How Creativity Works’: It’s All In Your Imagination
“What makes people creative? Jonah Lehrer, a writer specializing in neuroscience, addresses that question in his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works.” (03/19/2012)

Microsoft Co-Founder Commits $300 Million to Brain Research
“Paul Allen, has announced plans to commit $300 million to blaze a new trail in a vital area of research: understanding how the brain works.” (03/23/2010)