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Bloodthirsty brains
South African and Australian researchers calculated how blood flowing to the brain of human ancestors changed over course of time. The team was able to track the increase in human intelligence across evolutionary time. (2016-08-31)

How the brain's involved in wanting and having sex
A new review looks at how the brain impacts the sequence of physical and emotional changes that occur as a person participates in sexually stimulating activities. (2015-03-02)

Study examines drowning-induced brain injury in children
A new study indicates that children who develop brain injury due to non-fatal drowning often experience severe motor deficits but maintain relatively intact perceptual and cognitive capabilities. (2017-08-01)

Evolutionary increase in size of the human brain explained
Researchers have found what they believe is the key to understanding why the human brain is larger and more complex than that of other animals. The human brain, with its unequaled cognitive capacity, evolved rapidly and dramatically. Why? research indicates that what drove the evolutionary expansion of the human brain may well be a specific unit within a protein -- called a protein domain -- that is far more numerous in humans than other species. (2012-08-16)

Western researchers can predict future actions from human brain activity
Bringing the real world into the brain scanner, researchers at The University of Western Ontario from the Centre for Brain and Mind can now determine the action a person was planning, mere moments before that action is actually executed. The findings were published this week in the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience, in the paper, (2011-06-29)

EU Commission selects Human Brain Project, with Israelis as partners
The European Commission has chosen the Human Brain Project, in which the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is participating, as one of two Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship topics. The enterprise will receive funding of 1.19 billion euros over the next decade. (2013-01-28)

A new means of neuronal communication discovered in the human brain
An international research group has discovered in the human brain a new functional coupling mechanism between neurons, which may serve as a communication channel between brain regions. (2020-12-17)

Brain research provides clues to what makes people think and behave differently
Differences in the physical connections of the brain are at the root of what make people think and behave differently from one another. Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Neuron shed new light on the details of this phenomenon, mapping the exact brain regions where individual differences occur. Their findings reveal that individuals' brain connectivity varies more in areas that relate to integrating information than in areas for initial perception of the world. (2013-02-06)

Has evolution given humans unique brain structures?
Humans have at least two functional networks in their cerebral cortex not found in rhesus monkeys. This means that new brain networks were likely added in the course of evolution from primate ancestor to human. These findings, based on an analysis of functional brain scans, were published in a study by neurophysiologist Wim Vanduffel (KU Leuven and Harvard Medical School) in collaboration with a team of Italian and American researchers. (2013-02-22)

Air pollution may contribute to white matter loss in the brain
In a new study, older women who lived in places with higher air pollution had significantly reduced white matter in the brain. (2015-06-15)

Chimp study reveals how brain's structure shaped our evolution
Chimpanzee brains may be more different from those of humans than was previously thought, according to new research that sheds light on our evolution. (2017-11-15)

Organization for Human Brain Mapping 2004 Annual Meeting
The latest developments in the field of functional human brain mapping will be presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, the primary meeting at which brain researchers throughout the world present their most recent findings. Topics to include perception, cognition, emotion, development and aging and clinical research on brain disease and disorders. This meeting includes over 1600 oral and poster presentations and symposia. (2004-06-10)

Is brain size linked to two common gene variants?
UCLA scientists aimed to evaluate whether normal variants for the common genes MCPH1 and ASPM are associated with differences in brain size. The team used MRI scans to measure the brain size of 120 healthy people and then identified individuals with the two variants. The researchers found no evidence that either gene variant was related to increases or decreases in brain size. (2006-05-17)

Barrow scientists identify new stem cell activity in human brain
Researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center have identified a new pathway of stem cell activity in the brain that represents potential targets of brain injuries affecting newborns. The recent study, which raises new questions of how the brain evolves, is published in the current issue of Nature, one of the world's most cited scientific journals. (2011-09-28)

Organization for Human Brain Mapping 2003 Annual Meeting
The latest developments in the field of functional brain imaging will be presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, the primary meeting at which brain researchers throughout the world present their most recent findings. Topics to include perception, cognition, emotion, development and aging and clinical research on brain disorders. This meeting includes over 1600 poster presentations, symposia, platform presentations and a special lecture by Eric Kandel, 2000 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine. (2003-06-12)

The big picture: Long-term imaging reveals intriguing patterns of human brain maturation
Now, new research describes the first comprehensive study of coordinated anatomical maturation within the developing human brain. The study, published by Cell Press in the Dec. 8 issue of the journal Neuron, reveals that functionally connected brain regions mature together and uncovers fascinating sex-specific differences in brain development. (2011-12-07)

Study reveals how the brain categorizes thousands of objects and actions
Humans perceive numerous categories of objects and actions, but where are these categories represented spatially in the brain? Researchers reporting in the Dec. 20 issue of the Cell Press journal Neuron present their study that undertook the remarkable task of determining how the brain maps over a thousand object and action categories when subjects watched natural movie clips. The results demonstrate that the brain efficiently represents the diversity of categories in a compact space. (2012-12-19)

New genes linked with bigger brains identified
A number of new links between families of genes and brain size have been identified by UK scientists, opening up a whole new avenue of research to better understand brain development and diseases like dementia. (2016-10-04)

Human brain region functions like digital computer, says CU-Boulder professor
A region of the human brain that scientists believe is critical to human intellectual abilities surprisingly functions much like a digital computer, understand the functioning of human intelligence. (2006-10-05)

Organization for Human Brain Mapping's 11th Annual Meeting
The latest developments in the field of functional brain mapping will be presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, the primary meeting at which brain researchers throughout the world present their most recent findings. Topics include neuroanatomy, emotion, memory, motor behavior, perception, imaging, modeling, cognition, language and clinical research on brain disease and disorders. This meeting includes nearly 1600 oral and poster presentations and symposia. (2005-05-16)

New model may help science overcome the brain's fortress-like barrier
Scientists have helped provide a way to better understand how to enable drugs to enter the brain and how cancer cells make it past the blood brain barrier. (2017-09-19)

Brain simulation raises questions
What does it mean to simulate the human brain? Why is it important to do so? And is it even possible to simulate the brain separately from the body it exists in? These questions are discussed in a new paper published in the scientific journal Neuron today. (2014-10-22)

Researchers were not right about left brains
The left and right side of the brain are involved in different tasks. This functional lateralization and associated brain asymmetry are well documented in humans. Scientists now challenge the long-held notion that the human pattern of brain asymmetry is unique. They found the same asymmetry pattern in chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. However, humans were the most variable in this pattern. This suggests that lateralized, uniquely human cognitive abilities evolved by adapting a presumably ancestral asymmetry pattern. (2020-02-14)

Brain cells divide the work to recognize bodies
Specific regions of the brain are specialized in recognizing bodies of animals and human beings. By measuring the electrical activity per cell, scientists from KU Leuven, Belgium, and the University of Glasgow have shown that the individual brain cells in these areas do different things. Their response to specific contours or body shapes is very selective. (2016-04-28)

Brain frontal lobes not sole centre of human intelligence
Human intelligence cannot be explained by the size of the brain's frontal lobes, say researchers. (2013-05-13)

Brain changes significantly after age 18, says Dartmouth research
Two Dartmouth researchers are one step closer to defining exactly when human maturity sets in. In a study aimed at identifying how and when a person's brain reaches adulthood, the scientists have learned that, anatomically, significant changes in brain structure continue after age 18. (2006-02-06)

U of G study is first to find evidence that leopard geckos can make new brain cells
University of Guelph researchers have discovered the type of stem cell allowing geckos to create new brain cells. This finding provides evidence that lizards may also be able to regenerate parts of the brain after injury. (2018-07-27)

UM researchers discover 'key' to blood-brain barrier
Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have identified a receptor in the human brain that regulates the interface between the bloodstream and the brain, which is known as the blood-brain barrier. This breakthrough could lead to a better understanding of this nearly impenetrable barrier and to treatment of diseases that affect the brain. (2000-01-02)

First evidence of fetal DNA persisting in human brain tissue
Small portions of male DNA, most likely left over in a mother's body by a male fetus can be detected in the maternal brain relatively frequently, according to a report published Sept. 26 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by William Chan of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and his colleagues. (2012-09-26)

Patterns in the brain shed new light on how we function
Patterns of brain connectivity take us a step closer to understanding the key principles of cognition. (2020-01-30)

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. Researchers from The Roslin Institute, at the University of Edinburgh, have identified genes - known as retrotransposons - responsible for thousands of tiny changes in the DNA of brain tissue. (2011-10-30)

Human brains evolved to be more responsive to environmental influences, study finds
Human brains exhibit more plasticity, the tendency to be modeled by the environment, than chimpanzee brains, which may account for part of human evolution, according to researchers at Georgia State University, the George Washington University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. (2015-11-16)

Human brains outpace chimp brains in the womb
Humans' superior brain size in comparison to their chimpanzee cousins traces all the way back to the womb. That's according to a study reported in the September 25 issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, that is the first to track and compare brain growth in chimpanzee and human fetuses. (2012-09-24)

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)

Organoid research revealed at Neuroscience 2019
Mini-brains, also called organoids, may offer breakthroughs in clinical research by allowing scientists to study human brain cells without a human subject. Hear leading scientists announce their new findings at Neuroscience 2019, the world's largest source of emerging news and cutting-edge research on the brain and nervous system. (2019-09-30)

Pan-European organizations call for an advanced understanding of the human brain
A new strategic report, The Human Brain -- From Cells to Society, Toward Better Mental Health in Europe, has been published today by the European Science Foundation. In a Europe where an estimated 38 percent of the population is affected by a disorder of the brain, it is becoming increasingly important to bring greater support to research in all areas of neuroscience. (2012-12-12)

Brain trauma may increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease
A new study published in BMC Neurology suggests that brain injury leads to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (2001-08-22)

Crucial brain development gene identified
Scientists have identified a gene in mice that is necessary for normal brain development and may contribute to the most common form of primary brain tumors in children. The report is published in an upcoming issue of Genes & Development. (2004-03-09)

Conclusions on brain-machine interfaces for communication and rehabilitation
In the journal Nature Reviews Neurology the researcher Ander Ramos of Tecnalia together with Niel Birbaumer, lecturer at the University of Tübingen, have expounded how brain-machine interfaces use brain activity to control external devices, thus enabling seriously disabled patients to interact with the environment. (2016-10-04)

High-speed whole-brain imaging improves understanding of brain disease
Researchers at Osaka University develop a high-speed serial-sectioning imaging system that captures high-resolution images of a whole mouse brain and furthers our understanding of brain diseases in rodents and primates. (2017-07-09)

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