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Watching music move through the brain
Scientists have observed how the human brain represents a familiar piece of music, according to research published in JNeurosci. (2019-09-09)
Why don't the drugs work? Controlling inflammation can make antidepressants more effective
Research shows that controlling inflammation may be key to helping the brain develop the flexibility to respond to antidepressant drugs, potentially opening the way for treatment for many millions of people who do not respond to the drugs. (2019-09-09)
Study locates brain areas for understanding metaphors in healthy and schizophrenic people
Scientists have used MRI scanners to discover the parts of the brain which understand metaphors, in both healthy volunteers and people with schizophrenia. (2019-09-06)
Discovery of neuronal ensemble activities that is orchestrated to represent one memory
The brain stores memories through a neuronal ensemble, termed engram cells. (2019-09-05)
Novel math could bring machine learning to the next level
In recent years, a theory called 'Topological Data Analysis,' stemmed from a branch of Mathematics so abstract that it did not seem to have any application whatsoever in the real world, has been making computers much better at recognizing meaningful structure inside all kinds of large datasets (a.k.a. (2019-09-02)
Brain waves detected in mini-brains grown in a dish
Scientists have created miniature brains from stem cells that developed functional neural networks. (2019-08-29)
Machine learning algorithm can't distinguish these lab mini-brains from preemie babies
Nine-month-old brains-in-a-dish and the brains of premature newborn babies generate similar electrical patterns, as captured by electroencephalogram (EEG) -- the first time such brain activity has been achieved in a cell-based laboratory model. (2019-08-29)
Researchers demonstrate all-optical neural network for deep learning
In a key step toward making large-scale optical neural networks practical, researchers have demonstrated a first-of-its-kind multilayer all-optical artificial neural network. (2019-08-29)
New optical array, multisite stimulator advances optogenetics
In an article published in the peer-reviewed, open-access SPIE publication Neurophotonics, 'A multi-site microLED optrode array for neural interfacing,' researchers present an implantable optrode array capable of exciting below-surface neurons in large mammal brains at two levels, both by structured-light delivery and large-volume illumination. (2019-08-28)
New findings on human speech recognition at TU Dresden
Neuroscientists at TU Dresden were able to prove that speech recognition in humans begins in the sensory pathways from the ear to the cerebral cortex and not, as previously assumed, exclusively in the cerebral cortex itself. (2019-08-28)
Signal blocks stem cell division in the geriatric brain
Scientists from Basel have investigated the activity of stem cells in the brain of mice and discovered a key mechanism that controls cell proliferation. (2019-08-28)
How your brain remembers motor sequences
Researchers at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan, and Western University, Canada, have succeeded in visualizing how information is represented in a widespread area in the human cerebral cortex during a performance of skilled finger movement sequences. (2019-08-28)
How texture deceives the moving finger
The perceived speed of a surface moving across the skin depends on texture, with some textures fooling us into thinking that an object is moving faster than it is, according to a study published Aug. (2019-08-27)
Prenatal pesticide exposure linked to changes in teen's brain activity
Prenatal exposure to the organophosphate pesticides has been linked to poorer cognition and behavior problems in children. (2019-08-27)
Artificial intelligence could use EKG data to measure patient's overall health status
Researchers applying artificial intelligence to electrocardiogram data estimated the age group of a patient and predicted their gender. (2019-08-27)
Optical neural network could lead to intelligent cameras
UCLA engineers have made major improvements on their design of an optical neural network -- a device inspired by how the human brain works -- that can identify objects or process information at the speed of light. (2019-08-26)
Breaching the brain's defense causes epilepsy
Epileptic seizures can happen to anyone. But how do they occur and what initiates such a rapid response? (2019-08-26)
How memories form and fade
Caltech researchers identify the neural processes that make some memories fade rapidly while other memories persist over time. (2019-08-23)
Who you see matters: Stroke patients benefit more from observing their own hand movements during therapy
Japanese scientists at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) have found that for stroke patients, observing their own hand movements in a video-assisted therapy -- as opposed to someone else's hand -- could enhance brain activity and speed up rehabilitation. (2019-08-23)
Scientists have found longevity biomarkers
An international group of scientists studied the effects of 17 different lifespan-extending interventions on gene activity in mice and discovered genetic biomarkers of longevity. (2019-08-23)
New method classifies brain cells based on electrical signals
A team of neuroscientists at the University of Tuebingen and MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory shows how to distinguish four classes of brain cells by their spike waveforms. (2019-08-22)
Physical activity at any intensity linked to lower risk of early death
Evidence shows that higher levels of physical activity -- regardless of intensity -- are associated with a lower risk of early death in middle aged and older people. (2019-08-21)
Understanding the animal brain could help robots wash your dishes
CSHL neuroscientist Anthony Zador shows how evolution and animal brains can be a rich source of inspiration for machine learning, especially to help AI tackle some enormously difficult problems, like doing the dishes. (2019-08-21)
A lack of self control during adolescence is not uniquely human
Impulsiveness in adolescence isn't just a phase, it's biology. And despite all the social factors that define our teen years, the human brain and the brains of other primates go through very similar changes, particularly in the areas that affect self-control. (2019-08-20)
Engaging educational videos elicit similar brain activity in students
The most engaging educational videos are correlated with similar brain activity across learners, according to research in young adults recently published in eNeuro. (2019-08-19)
UMN researcher decodes the brain to help patients with mental illnesses
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness in a given year. (2019-08-16)
New study shows how autism can be measured through a non-verbal marker
A Dartmouth-led research team has identified a non-verbal, neural marker of autism. (2019-08-15)
Finnish discovery brings new insight on the functioning of the eye and retinal diseases
Finnish researchers have found cellular components in the epithelial tissue of the eye, which have previously been thought to only be present in electrically active tissues, such as those in nerves and the heart. (2019-08-15)
All-optical diffractive neural network closes performance gap with electronic neural networks
A new paper in Advanced Photonics, an open-access journal co-published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Chinese Laser Press (CLP), demonstrates distinct improvements to the inference and generalization performance of diffractive optical neural networks. (2019-08-13)
Scientists at DGIST discovered how chronic stress causes brain damage
Chronic stress induces autophagic death of adult hippocampal neural stem cells (NSCs). (2019-08-09)
Fear of predators causes PTSD-like changes in brains of wild animals
A new study by Western University demonstrates that the fear predators inspire can leave long-lasting traces in the neural circuitry of wild animals and induce enduringly fearful behaviour, comparable to effects seen in PTSD research. (2019-08-07)
Human activity likely affects giraffe's social networks
In a new Ethology study, researchers examined information on two adjacent giraffe populations in Kenya to determine whether human activities and high predation affect their social networks. (2019-08-07)
Manipulating brain cells by smartphone
Researchers have developed a soft neural implant that can be wirelessly controlled using a smartphone. (2019-08-06)
How brain cells pick which connections to keep
A new study shows that the protein CPG15 acts as a molecular proxy of experience to mark synapses for stabilization, a key step in ensuring brain circuits can be refined by experience for optimal functional efficiency. (2019-08-06)
Scientists can now manipulate brain cells using smartphone
A team of scientists in Korea and the United States have invented a device that can control neural circuits using a tiny brain implant controlled by a smartphone. (2019-08-05)
'Voltron' imaging tool captures brain cell action in living animals
Janelia scientists have developed a new way to track neural activity. (2019-08-01)
Russian scientists studied the effect of mutations of Alzheimer's disease
A team of neurobiologists from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) published an article on their study of the causes of Alzheimer's disease and suggested therapy methods. (2019-08-01)
Ground breaking Trinity research shows how MND affects multiple brain networks
Researchers in the Academic Unit of Neurology at Trinity College Dublin have identified characteristic changes in the patterns of electrical brain wave activity in motor neurone disease (MND). (2019-07-31)
Finding a cause of neurodevelopmental disorders
Neurodevelopmental disorders arising from rare genetic mutations can cause atypical cognitive function, intellectual disability, and developmental delays, yet it is unclear why and how this happens. (2019-07-30)
Girls who are more physically active in childhood may have better lung function in adolescence
A study of more than 2,300 adolescents underscores the pulmonary health benefits of physical activity. (2019-07-30)
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