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Consistent backswing crucial in helping sportspeople produce optimum results
Research by the University of Plymouth and the Technical University of Munich, published in Scientific Reports, has shown that golfers and tennis players who perfect a consistent backswing when learning the sport can achieve results quicker than those who don't. (2017-08-10)
Researchers link genes and motor skills development
Genes for many may be widely associated with determining certain traits and characteristics. (2017-08-10)
Ah yes, I remember you
In monkeys, researchers have identified two new areas of the brain that facilitate the recognition of familiar faces. (2017-08-10)
How the brain recognizes familiar faces
Scientists have located two areas in the brain that help us recognize familiar faces. (2017-08-10)
Are learning and unlearning bedfellows?
We know that sleep helps us integrate knowledge acquired during the day. (2017-08-08)
Machines just revealed the evolution of language
Machine learning scientists at Disney Research have developed a new innovative model that uncovers how the meanings of words change over time. (2017-08-07)
New research offers hope for faster acting antidepressants
For people suffering from depression, a day without treatment can seem like a lifetime. (2017-08-03)
Researchers want to know how early life affects the adult brain
The study found the visual environment that zebrafish grew up in affected their spontaneous brain activity and, in turn, affected their behavior and ability to catch prey. (2017-08-03)
Cognitive hearing aid filters out the noise
Brain activity to determine whether a subject is conversing with a specific speaker would be very useful for the hearing impaired. (2017-08-03)
Neurobiology: Use it or lose it
An Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich study reveals that sound-evoked activity of neurons in the auditory system of the mouse increases the thickness of their myelin sheaths -- and enhances the speed of signal transmission -- both during development and in the adult brain. (2017-08-02)
'Sherlock' and the case of narrative perception
'Chunking' is the means by which individual items or words are grouped together into larger units so that they can be processed or stored as single ideas. (2017-08-02)
Sleep or sex? How the fruit fly decides
Choosing between sex or sleep presents a behavioral quandary for many species, including the fruit fly. (2017-07-28)
A molecule for proper neural wiring in the cerebellum
A molecule produced by insulating glial cells facilitates the functional wiring of brain cells involved in motor coordination. (2017-07-28)
New surgical strategy offers hope for repairing spinal injuries
Repairing spinal injuries is a difficult business. Scientists previously developed a new surgical technique to reconnect sensory neurons to the spinal cord after traumatic spinal injuries. (2017-07-28)
Self-efficacy boosts physical activity in osteoarthritis patients
Osteoarthritis patients that are more confident in their abilities in the morning go on to be more physically active throughout the day, according to a team of Penn State researchers. (2017-07-27)
In mice, fine motor control is actively suppressed
The neural connections that endow humans with great dexterity are also present in mice at birth, but are suppressed shortly afterward, a new study reveals. (2017-07-27)
Lutein may counter cognitive aging, study finds
Spinach and kale are favorites of those looking to stay physically fit, but they also could keep consumers cognitively fit, according to a new study from University of Illinois researchers.The study, which included 60 adults aged 25 to 45, found that middle-aged participants with higher levels of lutein -- a nutrient found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, as well as avocados and eggs -- had neural responses that were more on par with younger individuals than with their peers. (2017-07-25)
Mice feel others' pain -- literally
Pain sensitivity associated with alcohol withdrawal may activate the same brain region in both drinking and non-drinking mice, finds a study published in eNeuro. (2017-07-24)
Dog walking could be key to ensuring activity in later life
A new study has shown that regularly walking a dog boosts levels of physical activity in older people, especially during the winter. (2017-07-24)
Link between income inequality and physical activity for women, but not for men
A recent paper published in the Journal of Public Health finds that women from areas with high income inequality are less likely to meet overall physical activity recommendations than men from the same geographical area. (2017-07-23)
Our brains synchronise during a conversation
The rhythms of brainwaves between two people taking part in a conversation begin to match each other. (2017-07-20)
Memory takes time, researchers conclude
How short-term memories become long-term ones has frequently been explored by researchers. (2017-07-19)
Lunatic fringe gene plays key role in the renewable brain
Researchers have developed a novel mouse model that for the first time selectively identifies neural stem cells, the progenitors of new adult brain cells. (2017-07-19)
New study reveals contrasts in how groups of neurons function during decision making
A new study in mice trained to perform a sound identification task in a virtual reality maze reveals contrasts in how groups of neurons in different regions of the brain function during decision making. (2017-07-19)
One minute of running per day associated with better bone health in women
A single minute of exercise each day is linked to better bone health in women, new research shows. (2017-07-18)
Low-dose diazepam can increase social competitiveness
EPFL scientists have discovered how low-dose anxiolytics increase the social competitiveness of high-anxious individuals by boosting the energy output of mitochondria in an area of the mammalian brain that controls motivation and reward. (2017-07-18)
Analytic technique could allow neural networks to run on cellphones
Method for modeling neural networks' power consumption could help make the systems portable. (2017-07-18)
Brain connectivity after 30 may predict psychological problems
Underdevelopment of the brain network underlying inhibition -- the ability to concentrate on a particular stimulus and tune out competing stimuli -- after 30 years of age is associated with self-reported psychological problems, according to a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. (2017-07-17)
Mapping behavior in the fruit fly brain
One of the primary missions of neuroscience is to make connections between particular neurons in the brain and specific behaviors. (2017-07-13)
Artificial intelligence helps build brain atlas of fly behavior
Scientists at HHMI's Janelia Research Campus created comprehensive brain maps linking different groups of neurons to specific behaviors, using a machine-learning program that annotated more than 225 days of videos of flies -- a feat that would have taken humans some 3,800 years. (2017-07-13)
Generous people live happier lives
Generosity makes people happier, even if they are only a little generous. (2017-07-11)
Neural stem cells steered by electric fields in rat brain
Electric fields can be used to guide neural stem cells transplanted into the brain towards a specific location. (2017-07-11)
Reduced mastication results in the impairment of memory and learning function
Researchers centered at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) delivered the influence of masticatory stimulus on brain function in order to establish the molecular basis of new treatments and preventive measures for memory/learning dysfunction. (2017-07-10)
Glioblastoma 'ecosystem' redefined for more effective immunotherapy trials
A research team detects gene expression patterns distinct from those of the surrounding immune cells, and characterizes the effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. (2017-07-10)
Brain training no better than video games at improving brain function
The commercial brain-training program Lumosity has no effect on decision-making or brain activity in young adults, according to a randomized, controlled trial published in The Journal of Neuroscience. (2017-07-10)
Brain responds differently to food rewards in bulimia nervosa
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have discovered differences in how the brain responds to food rewards in individuals with a history of bulimia nervosa (BN), an eating disorder characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating followed by efforts of purging to avoid weight gain. (2017-07-10)
Obstructing the 'inner eye'
Hypnosis can help people stop smoking, sleep better and even undergo dental treatment without pain. (2017-07-07)
Gaze direction affects sensitivity to sounds
Listening to something while looking in a different direction can slow down reaction times while the brain works harder to suppress distractions, finds a new UCL study. (2017-07-05)
Method elucidates inner workings of neural networks
A new technique helps elucidate the inner workings of neural networks trained on visual data. (2017-06-30)
Scientists find mechanism behind precise spinal cord development
Scientists have uncovered how nerve cells in the spinal cord are organized in precise patterns during embryo development -- a finding that could give insight into regenerative medicine. (2017-06-29)
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