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Towards an unconscious neural reinforcement intervention for common fears
In a collaboration between researchers based Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), Japan, and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) scientists have moved one major step towards the development of a novel form of brain-based treatment for phobia that may soon be applicable to patients (2018-03-06)
Paying attention as the eyes move
The visual system optimally maintains attention on relevant objects even as eye movements are made, shows a study by the German Primate Center. (2018-03-06)
Overlooked cell key player in preventing age-related vision loss
Researchers have pinpointed a new therapeutic target for macular degeneration, an eye disease that affects over 10 million Americans and is the leading cause of blindness in adults over 60. (2018-03-06)
Capturing brain signals with soft electronics
Klas Tybrandt, principal investigator at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University, has developed new technology for long-term stable neural recording. (2018-03-05)
Genes for age-linked brain deterioration identified
A group of genes and genetic switches involved in age-related brain deterioration have been identified by scientists. (2018-03-05)
You don't think your way out of a tiger attack
Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Dean Mobbs and other researchers have discovered the presence of two 'fear' circuits in the brain. (2018-03-05)
Hail technology: Deep learning may help predict when people need rides
Computers may better predict taxi and ride sharing service demand, paving the way toward smarter, safer and more sustainable cities, according to an international team of researchers. (2018-03-01)
In pursuit of pleasure, brain learns to hit the repeat button
In a scientific first, researchers have observed in mice how the brain learns to repeat patterns of neural activity that elicit the all-important feel-good sensation. (2018-03-01)
Understanding the smallest brain circuits
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have found a previously unseen pattern among the rapid-firing neurons inside the brain, one that reveals how distinct networks located in specific areas compete and even suppress each other. (2018-02-28)
Mapping the neural circuit governing thirst
Caltech researchers discover the wiring of the circuit in the mouse brain that drives and quenches thirst. (2018-02-28)
Teaching quantum physics to a computer
An international collaboration led by ETH physicists has used machine learning to teach a computer how to predict the outcomes of quantum experiments. (2018-02-27)
Scientists identify specialized brain areas for feeding and egg-laying in hawkmoths
The search for food is linked to other areas in the olfactory center of female tobacco hawkmoths (Manduca sexta) than the search for plants to best lay eggs, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, found. (2018-02-27)
Preterm birth leaves its mark in the functional networks of the brain
Researchers at the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University Hospital, Finland, have proven that premature birth has a significant and, at the same time, a very selective effect on the functional networks of a child's brain. (2018-02-26)
Oxytocin strengthens mothers' neural responses to infant and adult faces
In a new study from the University of Tampere in Finland, nasally administered oxytocin spray strengthened brain responses to pictures of infant and adult faces in mothers of 1-year-old infants. (2018-02-26)
Seeing the brain's electrical activity
MIT researchers have come up with a new way to measure electrical activity in the brain. (2018-02-26)
The 'loudness' of our thoughts affects how we judge external sounds
The 'loudness' of our thoughts -- or how we imagine saying something -- influences how we judge the loudness of real, external sounds, a team of researchers from NYU Shanghai and NYU has found. (2018-02-23)
Deep learning reconstructs holograms
Deep learning is one of the most exciting forms of machine learning that is behind several recent leapfrog advances in technology including for example real-time speech recognition and translation as well image/video labeling and captioning, among many others. (2018-02-23)
Are older adults with knee pain less active than the general population?
A new Arthritis Care & Research study found that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity levels are similarly low in older adults with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis and those from the general population without osteoarthritis or knee pain. (2018-02-22)
Study in mice suggests personalized stem cell treatment may offer relief for MS
Scientists have shown in mice that skin cells re-programmed into brain stem cells, transplanted into the central nervous system, help reduce inflammation and may be able to help repair damage caused by multiple sclerosis (MS). (2018-02-22)
In living color: seeing cells from outside the body with synthetic bioluminescence
Glowing creatures like fireflies and jellyfish are captivating to look at but also a boon for science, as their bioluminescent molecules contribute to visualizing a host of biological processes. (2018-02-22)
Looking for the origins of schizophrenia
Schizophrenia may be related to neurodevelopment changes, including brain's inability to create the appropriate vascular system, according to new study resulted from a partnership between the D'Or Institute for Research and Education, the University of Chile and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). (2018-02-22)
Mind-reading algorithm uses EEG data to reconstruct images based on what we perceive
A new technique developed by neuroscientists at U of T Scarborough can reconstruct images of what people perceive based on their brain activity gathered by EEG. (2018-02-22)
Fur real: Scientists improve computer rendering of animal fur
The next computer-generated animals in King Kong or The Lion King could look a lot more realistic thanks to a breakthrough by computer scientists at the University of California. (2018-02-21)
Film Memento helped uncover how the brain remembers and interprets events from clues
In an Aalto University film study combining art and neuroscience, viewers were shown Christopher Nolan's early classic Memento (2000). (2018-02-21)
Getting sleepy? Fruit flies constantly tune into environmental temperature to time sleep
Humans and fruit flies may have not shared a common ancestor for hundreds of millions of years, but the neurons that govern our circadian clocks are strikingly similar. (2018-02-21)
Separate brain systems cooperate during learning, study finds
Brown University researchers have shown that reinforcement learning and working memory -- two distinct brain systems -- work hand-in-hand as people learn new tasks. (2018-02-21)
Scientists tackle the aberrant epigenetic programming underlying childhood cancers
Researchers at UFRGS and the US NIH have targeted proteins that regulate chromatin in Ewing sarcoma cells, hindering malignant tumor growth. (2018-02-20)
Just a few minutes of light intensity exercise linked to lower death risk in older men
Clocking up just a few minutes at a time of any level of physical activity, including of light intensity, is linked to a lower risk of death in older men, suggests research published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (2018-02-19)
Moderate and severe exacerbations accelerate physical activity decline in COPD patients
A study published in the European Respiratory Journal has shown that both moderate and severe exacerbations in COPD patients are associated with a decline in their physical activity level. (2018-02-19)
The effect of the GDNF on the activity of neural networks during hypoxic damage has been studied
Searching for ways to reduce losses from ischemic stroke, a major problem worldwide, is an extremely important task for many areas of public health and economy. (2018-02-19)
New approaches in neuroscience show it's not all in your head
Our own unique experiences shape how we view the world and respond to the events in our lives. (2018-02-16)
New stem-cell based stroke treatment repairs damaged brain tissue
A team of researchers at the University of Georgia's Regenerative Bioscience Center and ArunA Biomedical, a UGA startup company, have developed a new treatment for stroke that reduces brain damage and accelerates the brain's natural healing tendencies in animal models. (2018-02-15)
How the cuttlefish spikes out its skin: Neurological study reveals surprising control
Wouldn't it be useful to suddenly erect 3-D spikes out of your skin, hold them for an hour, then even faster retract them and swim away? (2018-02-15)
The neuroscience of cuttlefish camouflage
Unlike squid, bottom-dwelling cuttlefish may be able to put one key aspect of their camouflage on autopilot. (2018-02-15)
Scientists discover the secrets behind the cuttlefish's 3-D 'invisibility cloak'
An international team of scientists has identified the neural circuits that enable cuttlefish to change their appearance in just the blink to eye -- and discovered that this is similar to the neural circuit that controls iridescence in squids. (2018-02-15)
The reasons that university students do sport
The research shows that female students do it for health reason and male students do it for social relationships that are involved in doing sport. (2018-02-14)
Study finds that a surprise stimulus helps people stop an action
A new study from the University of Iowa finds that an unexpected sound causes people to stop an action more often than when they heard no sound at all. (2018-02-14)
Neural networks everywhere
Special-purpose chip that performs some simple, analog computations in memory reduces the energy consumption of binary-weight neural networks by up to 95 percent while speeding them up as much as sevenfold. (2018-02-14)
New research on the brain's backup motor systems could open door to novel stroke therapies
New research published in the Journal of Physiology could open the door to new therapies to improve the movement of arms and hands of stroke survivors. (2018-02-14)
Brain scans show why people get aggressive after a drink or two
Researchers have used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans that measure blood flow in the brain to better understand why people often become aggressive and violent after drinking alcohol. (2018-02-12)
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