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Interracial interactions are cognitively demanding
A new Dartmouth study reveals that interracial contact has a profound impact on a person's attention and performance. (2003-11-16)
Found in the developing brain: Mental health risk genes and gender differences
Most genes associated with psychiatric illnesses are expressed before birth in the developing human brain, a massive study headed by Yale University researchers discovered. (2011-10-26)
African-Americans and Caucasians have similar emotional brain activity when seeing African-Americans
African-Americans and Caucasians viewing African-American faces display extremely similar changes in the activity of brain structures that respond to emotional events, a new UCLA study finds. (2005-05-09)
A high-flying collaboration reaches back to Earth
University of Houston engineering professor Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal is collaborating with NASA on a project that could help astronauts stay in shape during long-distance flights, while offering hope to stroke and other brain injury patients on Earth. (2013-09-17)
Researchers discover how body's good fat tissue communicates with brain
Brown fat tissue, the body's 'good fat,' communicates with the brain through sensory nerves, possibly sharing information that is important for fighting human obesity, such as how much fat we have and how much fat we've lost, according to researchers at Georgia State University. (2015-03-27)
Magnetic brain stimulation can bring back stowed memories
A University of Wisconsin-Madison lab is challenging the idea that working memory remembers things through sustained brain activity. (2016-12-01)
Total recall: The science behind it
Is it possible to change the amount of information the brain can store? (2014-11-13)
What happened when? How the brain stores memories by time
New research from UC Davis shows that a part of the brain called the hippocampus stores memories by their 'temporal context' -- what happened before, and what came after -- and not by content. (2014-03-12)
Everyday activities associated with more gray matter in brains of older adults
Higher levels of lifestyle physical activity are associated with more gray matter in the brains of older adults, according to a Rush University Medical Center study published in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. (2018-02-14)
Recognizing the basic structure of language is not unique to the human brain
A team led at Newcastle University, UK, has shed light on the evolutionary roots of language in the brain. (2015-11-17)
Fibromyalgia and the role of brain connectivity in pain inhibition
The cause of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome is not known. (2014-10-01)
Drugs of abuse: Identifying the addiction circuit
What happens in the brain of a compulsive drug user? (2018-12-19)
Bungee jumping for science
Immediately before a person decides to launch themselves off a bridge for a bungee jump, there is a measurable increase in their brain activity. (2019-02-28)
Scripps Florida scientist awarded $2.5 million to study inner workings of memory formation
A scientist from the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute has been awarded approximately $2.5 million from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to better define how the brain organizes different types of memories among its neurons. (2012-12-05)
Dartmouth research shows brain scans can predict weight gain and sexual activity
In breakthrough research, Dartmouth scientists have established that fMRI brain scans may be able to predict future weight gain and sexual activity. (2012-04-17)
Placebo, antidepressant may lift depression via common mechanism
Whether it's the popular antidepressant fluoxetine or a placebo, a successful treatment for depression must trigger a common pattern of brain activity changes, suggests a team of NIMH researchers. (2002-05-01)
Problem-solving governs how we process sensory stimuli
Various areas of the brain process our sensory experiences. How the areas of the cerebral cortex communicate with each other and process sensory information has long puzzled neuroscientists. (2013-06-25)
Can you see the emotions I hear? Study says yes
By observing the pattern of activity in the brain, scientists have discovered they can (2009-05-14)
Study links romantic rejection with reward and addiction centers in the brain
Researchers have linked rejection by a romantic partner to brain activity associated with motivation, reward and addiction cravings, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Neurophysiology. (2010-07-06)
Neurons' response to seizure-induced stress reduces seizure severity
In response to seizures, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a network of flattened tubes in the cell that packages and transports proteins, triggers a stress response that reduces brain activity and seizure severity. (2019-09-26)
Scientists shed new light on how the brain processes & maintains what we don't see
A team of scientists has mapped out how our brains process visuals we don't even know we've seen, indicating that the neuronal encoding and maintenance of subliminal images is more substantial than previously thought. (2016-12-07)
Personal reflection triggers increased brain activity during depressive episodes
Research by the University of Liverpool has found that people experiencing depressive episodes display increased brain activity when they think about themselves. (2013-11-06)
Behind closed eyes
Weizmann Institute research shows our brain's sense centers are continuously active. In the absence of a stimulus, however, their electrical activity remains in (2009-02-04)
Effects of deep brain stimulation in patients with Parkinson's disease
Researchers from Charité -- Universitätsmedizin Berlin have studied motor and cognitive effects of deep brain stimulation in patients with Parkinson's disease. (2018-08-28)
Mice, not just primates, feel the impulse of contagious itching
The strong impulse to scratch after observing another person perform the act, known as contagious itching, affects mice, too, a new study reports. (2017-03-09)
Epileptic seizures linked to significant risk of subsequent brain tumor
Epileptic seizures can precede the development of a subsequent brain tumor by many years, suggests research published online in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. (2011-04-06)
BA or DA? Decoding syllables to show the limits of artificial intelligence
By recording brain activity during a simple task, neuroscientists from UNIGE and ENS show that the brain does not necessarily use the regions of the brain identified by machine learning to perform a task. (2018-01-31)
Subliminal advertising leaves its mark on the brain
UCL (University College London) researchers have found the first physiological evidence that invisible subliminal images do attract the brain's attention on a subconscious level. (2007-03-08)
Are we 'brainwashed' during sleep?
A new study from Boston University, published in Science, is the first to illustrate that the brain's cerebrospinal fluid pulses during sleep, and that these motions are closely tied with brain wave activity and blood flow. (2019-10-31)
Parents' brain activity 'echoes' their infant's brain activity when they play together
Research shows for the first time that when adults are engaged in joint play together with their infant, the parents' brains show bursts of high-frequency activity, which are linked to their baby's attention patterns and not their own. (2018-12-13)
Research shows behavior greatly impacts recovery from brain injury, addiction and other conditions
New research is providing a deeper understanding of how individual actions -- such as exercising, sensory stimulation, or drinking -- influence brain health and outcomes. (2010-11-15)
Your brain with a migraine
When migraine sufferers see the tell-tale squiggly lines, light flashes and blind spots of a migraine aura, they prepare for a migraine. (2018-06-27)
Rutgers researcher recipient of Gruber International Research Award in neuroscience
Eva Pastalkova, a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University, Newark and her advisor, Professor Gyoergy Buzsaki, have developed a method for studying internally generated brain activity in rats. (2009-10-27)
Sitting is bad for your brain -- not just your metabolism or heart
Studies show that too much sitting, like smoking, increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and premature death. (2018-04-12)
Brain scans illuminate emotional response to sound
Noisy gymnasiums, restaurants where conversations are nearly impossible and concert halls less than perfect for the music are all acoustical problems. (2015-11-16)
Imaging the hypnotized brain: Neural mechanisms of suggested paralysis
Although there is no doubt that hypnosis can impact the mind and behavior, the underlying brain mechanisms are not well understood. (2009-06-24)
Breakthrough: A robot brain implanted in a rodent
With new cutting-edge technology aimed at providing amputees with robotic limbs, a Tel Aviv University researcher has successfully implanted a robotic cerebellum into the skull of a rodent with brain damage, restoring its capacity for movement. (2011-10-03)
How the brain helps humans navigate from place to place
Interactions between the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex enable humans to plan and navigate their route from one location to another, a new study reveals. (2016-06-09)
How dopamine drives brain activity
Using a specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sensor that can track dopamine levels, MIT neuroscientists have discovered how dopamine released deep within the brain influences distant brain regions. (2020-04-01)
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