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'Brain waves' challenge area-specific view of brain activity
Our understanding of brain activity has traditionally been linked to brain areas, but new research by an international team led by David Alexander and Cees van Leeuwen shows that this view may be overly rigid. (2013-03-20)
A portable bedside brain scanner for babies
Scientists have devised a portable, noninvasive and direct approach to image infant brain activity in a clinical setting without relying on massive scanning machines, and they used the method to monitor seizures with higher resolution than what other technologies can currently achieve. (2017-10-11)
Learning to control brain activity improves visual sensitivity
Training human volunteers to control their own brain activity in precise areas of the brain can enhance fundamental aspects of their visual sensitivity, according to a new study part-funded by the Wellcome Trust. (2012-12-04)
How the brain learns during sleep
Researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Bonn have investigated which activity patterns occur in the brain when people remember or forget things. (2018-10-05)
How to read brain activity?
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tuebingen, Germany, have found a crucial link between the activity generated within the brain to that measured with EEG. (2009-12-07)
Interpretations of brain activity based on cognitive theories fail to recognize background neuronal firing
When the brain is stimulated, functional imaging results are misinterpreted by neglecting the resting brain neurotransmitter activity. (2001-01-02)
This is what a fish thought looks like
For the first time, researchers have been able to see a thought (2013-01-31)
Brain study from UT Dallas uncovers new clues on how cues may affect memory
New research out of the University of Texas at Dallas shows that the brain activity prior to seeing an item is related to how well it is later remembered. (2014-12-03)
BUSM researchers identify brain changes involved in alcohol-related sleep disturbances
A review article published online in Behavioral Brain Research provides novel insight into changes that happen in the brain as a result of chronic alcohol exposure that can lead to disruptions in the sleep cycle. (2014-09-29)
Rhythms in the brain help give a sense of location, study shows
Scientists have shed light on how mechanisms in the brain work to give us a sense of location. (2013-01-10)
Instruction and permission in eye/brain development
Researchers at UC Davis are challenging the conventional view of how connections form between the optic nerves and the brain. (2003-05-14)
Research turns the world upside down
Using tests of visual perception and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Lars Strother and colleagues at the University of Western Ontario's world-renowned Centre for Brain & Mind recently measured activity in two regions of the brain well known for facial recognition and found they were highly sensitive to the orientation of people's faces. (2011-04-18)
Study finds language and tool-making skills evolved at the same time
Research by the University of Liverpool has found that the same brain activity is used for language production and making complex tools, supporting the theory that they evolved at the same time. (2013-09-02)
Meaning of brain scans for 'pain' called into question
Patterns of brain activity thought to show pain responses have been called into question after researchers saw such patterns in rare patients born without a sense of pain. (2016-04-25)
Measuring brain activity in milliseconds possible through new research
Researchers from King's College London, Harvard and INSERM-Paris have discovered a new way to measure brain function in milliseconds using magnetic resonance elastography (MRE). (2019-04-17)
'Morning larks' have weaker sleep spindles during night than 'night owls'
A new study from the University of Helsinki shows that individual circadian preference is associated with brain activity patterns during the night. (2017-11-03)
Study examines how brain 'reboots' itself to consciousness after anesthesia
One of the great mysteries of anesthesia is how patients can be temporarily rendered completely unresponsive during surgery and then wake up again, with their memories and skills intact. (2014-06-18)
Multiple sclerosis patients could benefit from brain boost study
Multiple sclerosis patients could one day benefit from treatments that boost their brain function, a study suggests. (2015-04-06)
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)
'Ouch zone' in the brain identified
Activity in a brain area known as the dorsal posterior insula is directly related to the intensity of pain, an Oxford University brain imaging study people has found. (2015-03-09)
A new method for assessing neurological development of fetuses?
A preliminary study in this week's issue of THE LANCET outlines how light-emitting technology could help in the future assessment of fetal neurological development. (2002-09-05)
Altered brain activity responsible for cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia
Cognitive problems with memory and behavior experienced by individuals with schizophrenia are linked with changes in brain activity; however, it is difficult to test whether these changes are the underlying cause or consequence of these symptoms. (2013-03-20)
£1.1M for study into how 'acetylcholine' influences brain network activity
A £1.1 million grant to understand how one of the brain's key neurotransmitters called 'acetylcholine' influences brain activity has been awarded to University of Bristol researchers. (2013-11-14)
Detecting Alzheimer's
NeuroGraph™, a portable device that provides an almost instantaneous reading of brain activity and can swiftly detect differences from the norm in the brain. (2001-09-19)
Brain study uncovers vital clue in bid to beat epilepsy
People with epilepsy could be helped by new research into the way a key molecule controls brain activity during a seizure. (2013-09-03)
Researchers have identified a gene with a key role in neuronal survival
Researchers at the Institute of Neurosciences at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona identified the fundamental role played by the Nurr1 gene in neuron survival associated with synaptic activity. (2012-04-16)
You will remember this
Scientists can now predict memory of an event before it even happens. (2006-02-26)
Brain SPECT imaging predicts outcomes in depressed patients
New research from the Amen Clinics shows that brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) imaging, a study that measures blood flow and activity patterns, identifies who is likely to get better from depression and who is not. (2018-03-20)
Brain noise is a good thing
Canadian scientists have shown that a noisy brain is a healthy brain. (2008-07-03)
Connections in the brains of young children strengthen during sleep, CU-Boulder study finds
While young children sleep, connections between the left and the right hemispheres of their brain strengthen, which may help brain functions mature, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. (2013-11-20)
Astrocytes affect brain's information signaling
Astrocytes are the most common type of cell in the brain and play an important role in the function of neurons -- nerve cells. (2010-06-14)
Dopamine-related activity of food reward circuits in the brain and weight gain
Research to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, the foremost society for research into all aspects of eating and drinking behavior, finds that women who possess genetic modifications associated with low activity of the reward neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain when they imagine eating appetizing foods are more prone to weight gain. (2009-07-27)
DNA find sheds light on the human brain
Brain cells alter their genetic make-up during a person's lifetime, scientists have found in a discovery that could shed light on neurological diseases. (2011-10-30)
New study advances treatment options for PTSD
Dr. Stephen Maren, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, recently published significant research on the psychological and neural basis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). (2019-04-11)
Carnegie Mellon statistics student honored for technique to aid in brain imaging
Kary Myers, a Ph.D. student in statistics at Carnegie Mellon University, has won a Student Paper Competition Award from the Statistical Computing and Statistics Graphics sections of the American Statistical Association for her paper, (2004-01-29)
Slow-wave sleep critical to brain's automatic 'self-rinse' cycle
Slow oscillating neural activity during non-REM sleep triggers waves of cerebrospinal fluid that flow in and out of the sleeping brain, washing it of harmful metabolic waste products, researchers find. (2019-10-31)
How to read brain activity?
The electroencephalogram is widely used by physicians and scientists to study brain function and to diagnose neurological disorders. (2009-12-04)
Signal variability and cognitive performance in the aging human brain
Researchers in the Lifelong Brain and Cognition Lab at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois have utilized the magnetic resonance imaging facilities available in Beckman's Biomedical Imaging Center to measure the moment-to-moment variability in brain activity, more specifically in the blood oxygenation level-dependent signal. (2015-04-09)
Does 'free will' stem from brain noise?
Our ability to make choices -- and sometimes mistakes -- might arise from random fluctuations in the brain's background electrical noise, according to a recent study from the Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis. (2014-06-09)
Research moves closer to brain-machine interface autonomy
A University of Houston biomedical engineer reports in eNeuro that a brain-computer interface, a form of artificial intelligence, can sense when its user is expecting a reward by examining the interactions between single-neuron activities and the information flowing to these neurons. (2019-06-11)
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