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This square isn’t actually rotating. Here’s why.

By Ana Swanson<p>, Reporter<p>Many people think of their eyes as operating like a movie camera – capturing everything that happens in front of them and then projecting those images back into the dark room that is the brain.<p>But scientists say that metaphor isn’t accurate. Our brains don’t just watch a …

Neurophilosophy

Methylene blue shows promise for improving short-term memory

OAK BROOK, Ill. - A single oral dose of methylene blue results in an increased MRI-based response in brain areas that control short-term memory and …

An amnesia patient is challenging what we know about memory

Researchers have long thought that memory could only be strictly declarative or non-declarative. Declarative memories are those that give us our general knowledge of facts and events. Non-declarative memories, on the other hand, are memories of how to do things, such as a skill we have learned. …

How Neurons Reach Their Final Destination

<i>Summary: A new study explores the role microtubles play in neurodevelopment.</i><p>Source: Drexel University.<p><b>With a boost from motor proteins, sliding</b> …

Neuroscience

Controlling Memories with Ultrasound

In the last couple of years memory science has really upped its game.<p>I generally write about social processes that can change our memories, but right …

People with more friends have higher pain thresholds, study suggests

Link between larger friendship circles and pain tolerance may be down to the way the the brain’s endorphin system has evolved, researchers say<p>People with a larger circle of friends are better able to tolerate pain, according to research into the pain thresholds and social networks of volunteers.<p>The …

LSD's impact on the brain revealed in groundbreaking images

First modern scans of people high on psychedelic drug has given researchers unprecedented insight into neural basis for its effects<p>The profound impact of LSD on the brain has been laid bare by the first modern scans of people high on the drug.<p>The images, taken from volunteers who agreed to take a …

The Brain

An Ancient and Proven Way to Improve Memorization; Go Ahead and Try It

In January, I devoted every walk from my home to the train to the contemplation of work details, hoping to improve my recall of them. That was my New Year’s resolution, and so far I’ve stuck to it.<p>In every one of those walks I was also retracing a memorization technique known to the ancients and …

Sleep Suppresses Brain Rebalancing

<b>Why humans and other animals sleep is one of the remaining deep mysteries of physiology. One prominent theory in neuroscience is that sleep is when</b> …

A new performance enhancer for athletes boosts the brain—and is completely undetectable

Doping in professional sport is a cat-and-mouse game. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) bans a performance-enhancing drug, and athletes go on the hunt to find a new one. So what if there was an undetectable performance-enhancing method?<p>That’s the promise Halo Neuroscience is making. It has built …

The Brain

Blueberries Could Help Fight Alzheimer's

<b>The blueberry, already labeled a ‘super fruit’ for its power to potentially lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, also could be another weapon</b> …

Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science

Steeping yourself in negativity has seriously terrible consequences for your mental and physical health.<p>Why do people complain? Not to torture others with their negativity, surely. When most of us indulge in a bit of a moan, the idea is to "vent." By getting our emotions out, we reason, we'll feel …

Synaesthesia could help us understand how the brain processes language | Cathleen O'Grady

A new study highlights a fascinating idea for using a multisensory neurological condition to explore bigger psychological questions<p>When we speak, listen, read, or write, almost all of the language processing that happens in our brains goes on below the level of conscious awareness. We might be …

Scientists Studied How Our Brains Would React to Teleportation

Neuroscientists offer some surprising results about how the brain finds its way around.<p>Teleportation turns out to be an easy thing to simulate, neurologically speaking. The rhythmic brain patterns that appear in real-world spatial navigation reappear as subjects navigate virtualized environments on …

The reason you discriminate against foreign accents starts with what they do to your brain

People around the world are hearing more foreign accents than at any time in human history, as more people move around than ever before.<p>In 2013, an estimated 232 million people (PDF) lived outside the country they’re from, seeking refuge or employment. In the US, 13% of the country’s 316 million …

Four neuromyths that are still prevalent in schools – debunked

It’s not true that you only use 10% of your brain, nor can you categorise students by ‘learning styles’ – let’s cut this nonsense from classrooms<p>It is no surprise that many teachers have an interest in neuroscience and psychology since areas such as memory, motivation, curiosity, intelligence and …

Neuroscience

This Is What a CT Scan of a Bumblebee's Brain Looks Like

Researchers have used new micro-CT imaging to see inside a bee’s brain.<p>Researchers have used new micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) scanning techniques to imagea bumblebee's (<i>Bombus terrestris</i>) dinky brain in unprecedented detail.<p>The pictures and findings, published on Wednesday in a study in</i> …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Alzheimer's Disease

Being bilingual rewires the fundamental structure of your brain

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>It’s well known that being bilingual has cognitive benefits: switching between two languages has been compared to mental gymnastics. But now, research suggests that mastering two languages can fundamentally alter the structure of your brain, rewiring it to work …

Language Learning

Tiny Brain Area Implicated in Late-Onset Alzheimer's

A new review of scientific studies suggests a small area of the brain may be the first place affected by late onset Alzheimer’s disease. The region, …

Brain Implant Will Let Amputees Move Individual Fingers on Prosthetics With Thoughts Alone

For the first time ever, researchers have successfully demonstrated a system that enables a person to move the individual fingers of a prosthetic …

Mystical experiences open a 'door of perception' in the brain

For Jordan Grafman, it was just a split-second vision.<p>"About 15 years ago, my mom died," Grafman told Live Science. "I was walking down the street to catch the bus at about 5 a.m., and I looked down the street and saw who I thought was my mom, although my mom had been dead for a week. I looked …

Your Brain Is Hardwired to Snap

The same group of neurons could make you a hero—or a rage-filled aggressor.<p>We’ve all been there: Some jerk cuts you off on the highway. You lean on the horn, scream abuse. You want to get out the car and kick the @#$% out of the bozo’s SUV.<p>Road rage is just one example of what neurobiologist …

People Who Exercise May Have Bigger Brains

Here’s good motivation to get up and move more, even in the dead of winter: a new study published in the journal <i>Neurology</i> found that people who …

Weed users found to have poorer verbal memory in middle age

<b>(CNN) —</b> People who smoked weed regularly as teenagers remembered fewer words as they entered middle age, according to a new study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.<p>Marijuana use is increasingly common among adolescents and young adults in the United States. In fact, a recent survey of high …

Scientists Connect Neurons in the Lab for the First Time - D-brief

By Nathaniel Scharping | February 9, 2016 5:12 pm<p><i>Credit: NICHD/S. Jeong</i><p>Injuries to the central nervous system — the brain and spinal cord — are …

Neuroscience

3D Printing Reveals the Hidden Physics Behind the Brain's Folds and Furrows

Understanding how the brain's outermost layer develops means new understandings of intelligence, neurological disorders.<p>The outermost layer of the brain, the cortex, is a confounding geography of furrows, folds, and wrinkles. One could even say that the defining physical feature of the brain is the …

Scientists May Have Just Discovered The Key To Halting Alzheimer's

Brain inflammation plays a big role in the disease's progression.<p>Curbing brain inflammation may help people treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease, according to a landmark new study.<p>Researchers at the University of Southampton in England conducted a series of experiments showing a chemical that …

Dementia

Music in the Brain

<b>For the first time, scientists identify a neural population highly selective for music.</b><p>Scientists have long wondered if the human brain contains …

Neuroscience

Could An Overactive Immune System Cause Schizophrenia?

New findings could help prevent the illness before it sets in<p>Though schizophrenia was first recognized more than a century ago, scientists are still not sure what causes it. In recent years, they’ve discovered more evidence that the immune system may be more involved in the presence of the disease …

Neuroscience