Faiza Weilenmann

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We've Been Wrong About Where the Brain Processes Language for 141 Years

Where word salad is really made.<p>The map of where and how the brain processes speech has been modified again. Researchers from Northwestern University just published a paper in the journal <i>Brain</i> wherein they demonstrate that the famous Wernicke's area, thought to be the center of language …

Toxic brain cells may drive many neurodegenerative disorders, Stanford-led study finds

While most of us haven’t heard of astrocytes, these cells are four times as plentiful in the human brain as nerve cells. Now, a team led by …

Neuroscience

Scientists Have Identified a Weirdly Common Form of Synaesthesia

1 in 5 might be able to 'hear' flashes of light.<p>Roughly 4.4 percent of the global adult population experiences a rare condition called synaesthesia, …

Why Our Brain Cells Die: A Breakthrough in Fighting Neurodegenerative Diseases

A series of unfortunate events<p>A team of scientists has discovered that, despite having varied causes and symptoms, most brain diseases all share a …

Where Neuroscience is Making the Impossible, Possible

Recently, while preparing to deliver a TED talk—"What Will Be the Next Big Scientific Breakthrough?"—I thought a lot about the impossible.<p>Once, human …

Earth - We have the wrong idea about males, females and sex

Once upon a time, animal courtship was thought to run something like a Barbara Cartland novel. The rakish males battle it out for a chaste female, who sits around choosing the prince charming to father her young. While her mate may sow his wild oats far and wide, she patiently tends her …

A single species of gut bacteria can reverse autism-related social behavior in mice

The absence of one specific species of gut bacteria causes social deficits in mice, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine report June 16 in <i>Cell</i>. …

Mass Shootings: 6 Misconceptions About Violence

America has experienced yet another mass shooting. This time at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. …

Mom's voice makes her children's brains 'light up'

As a kid, when you tripped and scraped your knee, your mother's voice was probably the one that soothed you.<p>Now studies are coming out suggesting there's a scientific explanation for it. New research is emerging that shows a mother's voice actually activates several areas of her kids' brains.<p>Mom's …

Ivory Coast

Science has identified the behaviors that make you seem super creepy

It's sort of surprising that, until recently, scientists have never really bothered studying creepiness. Why some perfectly safe people people creep …

Neuroscience proves torturing terrorists won’t keep us safe

Seven years after US president Barack Obama put an end to his predecessor’s extreme CIA interrogation techniques, torture has re-entered American politics. Defying the position of the current CIA director as well as national and international law, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told CBS’s …

Spanking Makes Kids More Defiant, Studies Suggest

Many parents think that a swat on the bottom will, at the very least, get a kid's attention and make the child more obedient. Still others adhere to …

Stressed? Science Says Do These 3 Things Immediately

Need to chill out and calm down? These lifestyle changes are scientifically proven to help.<p>Advice for dealing with stress often boils down to clichés like, "Don't worry, be happy!" or, "Just stay positive." Don't get me wrong, there are some great resources that share how successful people tackle …

Can Songs Help You Learn Scientific Concepts?

My 5-year-old doesn't know much about astrophysics, but she'll cheerfully tell you that a shooting star is not a star, but a meteor — a bit of science trivia that she picked up from an album of children's songs about science by the band <i>They Might be Giants</i>.<p>The idea of learning science through music …

Gender gap discovered in science exam performance

Male students in undergraduate introductory biology courses are outperforming females at test time, but it may be due to how exams are designed …

US election: Libertarians choose candidate Gary Johnson

The US' Libertarian Party has nominated former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson as its presidential candidate for the second time.<p>Johnson, 63, won the nomination of the US' third political party on the second ballot at the party's convention in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.<p>He defeated Austin …

Europe Announces That All Scientific Papers Should Be Free by 2020

YES!!<p>This week was a revolutionary week in the sciences - not because we discovered a new fundamental particle or had a new breakthrough in quantum …

Can anyone learn to sing? Bad Singer delves into the science behind how the brain processes music

The name William Hung may ring a dissonant bell to those who watched the reality competition <i>American Idol</i>.<p>Hung sprang to fame in 2004, becoming one of pop culture's most notoriously bad singers when he delivered a staggeringly awkward and ear-shattering rendition of Ricky Martin's <i>She Bangs</i> in an …

The mind-blowing neuroscience of hacking your dreams

Moran Cerf, a pen-testing bank-robber turned horribly misunderstood neuroscientist (previously, previously) gets to do consensual, cutting-edge …

NIH-funded study reveals how differences in male and female brains emerge

Nematode worms may not be from Mars or Venus, but they do have sex-specific circuits in their brains that cause the males and females to act …

Neuroscience

Neuroscience confirms that to be truly happy, you will always need something more

What’s the sign of a life well lived? If you were to judge by LinkedIn resumes alone, you might be impressed by prestigious job titles and accolades. But in person, the importance of these formal achievements quickly fades away. Regardless of career success, there can be something very dispiriting, …

Neuroscience

Human sex is not simply male or female. So what? – Courtney Addison Samuel Taylor-Alexander

Sex is a divisive topic, loaded with moral weight and the scientific stamp of truth. The word ‘sex’ is of French (<i>sexe</i>) and Latin (<i>sexus</i>) origins, …

Brain pattern predicts how fast an adult learns a new language

A five-minute measurement of resting-state brain activity predicted how quickly adults learned a second language, report scientists.

University of Washington

New Evidence for the Necessity of Loneliness

A specific set of neurons deep in the brain may motivate us to seek company, holding social species together.<p>As social animals, we depend on others …

Neuroscience

How neuroscientists are learning to read our minds

Neuroscientists are not mind-readers, but they're coming close, according to a new study published in the journal <i>Science</i>. With little more than a …

What is a 'normal' night's sleep? It depends on your age, gender and nationality

What constitutes a "normal" night's sleep?<p>That all depends, says Danny Forger, a biological mathematician at the<p>University of Michiganand an expert in circadian clocks.<p>"People set guidelines all the time -- you need eight hours, you need seven hours -- but we've found that 'normal' sleep varies …

A Few Things That Therapy May Do Better Than Medication, According To Science

In the last couple of weeks, there have been some big announcements from the medical and mental health communities about the wisdom of using drugs over behavioral methods for various disorders. The meds vs. therapy debate has been an active one for a number of years. But these days, some experts …

Science Explains Why Having Zero Time Is Making You Miserable

Here's how you can take back your schedule -- and your life.<p>Do you know someone who wears their busyness like a badge of honor? They humbly brag, "I am just so busy!" to anyone who asks. Every hour is spoken for with meetings and minutiae. And they always look a bit frazzled.<p>Being busy may seem …

Pakistan Village Elders Burned a Teen Girl to Death: Cops

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Village elders burned a 16-year-old girl to death in rural Pakistan after she helped a local couple elope, police said Thursday.<p>Deputy Inspector General of Police Saeed Khan Wazir said the victim's mother and 15 members of a village jirga — a group that resolves local disputes …

Mama or papa? Experts explain science behind babies’ first words

Sarah Mulholland vividly remembers the first time her 13-month-old son called out "Mama."<p>She was cooking about two months ago when little Conri began clamouring for her attention, clinging to her legs and whining until he suddenly uttered those two simple syllables that send mothers' hearts …