consciousness

Do You Think In Words?

Do You Think In Words?

A question for you: When you are aware of your own consciousness—meaning your own individual scattershot thoughts, like what to make for lunch, whether to cross the street, or when it’s time to go hit the pillow—what do you hear? That is, do you “hear” your own voice in your…

Scientists See Human-Like Brain Waves In Lab-Grown Mini-Brains

Scientists See Human-Like Brain Waves In Lab-Grown Mini-Brains

One way that scientists can non-invasively study the human brain is by growing “mini-brains,” clusters of brain cells each about the size of a pea, in the lab. In a fascinating progression of this line of research, a team this week reports that they observed human-like brainwaves from these organoids.

Monkeys Learn To Pass A Classic Test For Self-Awareness

Monkeys Learn To Pass A Classic Test For Self-Awareness

The ability to look into a mirror and recognise oneself is a cognitive skill we all take for granted, but very few animals outside of humans are able to do it. New research shows that monkeys can be trained to pass the so-called “mirror test”, suggesting that more species may…