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Paying attention helps your brain process what it can't see

Paying attention to a location helps the brain to process not just what you can see there, but also what you can’t – suggesting that attention and …

Blood clues tell of gene targets for brain diseases

Our blood can be used to uncover genetic secrets inside the brain, according to new research by Professor Jian Yang from UQ’s Institute for Molecular …

Genetics play a part in how long you study

Genes play a much larger role than previously thought in how long you might stay in formal education, say researchers from one of the largest genetic …

Genetics

Training and stimulation improves brain performance

In the past decade, interest in increasing our brain power has cultivated a multibillion dollar industry offering various products to improve …

The Brain

How early life experiences may alter brain patterns

It’s said to be a “lightbulb” moment – when an idea pops into your head.<p>The adult human brain often displays this kind of spontaneous activity – and …

Fish

Psychotic experiences in healthy people increases suicide risk

Having a psychotic experience doubles the risk of subsequent suicidal thoughts and behaviours, according to an international study led by …

Depression

Tiny molecule has big effect on brain’s ability to learn

Prenatal brain development is a crucial period, and as new QBI research has found, even small alterations to the way brain cells develop can have …

Neuroscience

Emotion processing region produces new adult brain cells

QBI researchers have shown for the first time that new adult brain cells are produced in the amygdala, a region of the brain important for processing …

Neuroscience

Why you can't remember being a baby

Have you ever wondered why you can’t remember being a baby? Or why you can easily remember all the words to a song you learnt as a teenager—even if …

The Brain

Why Google wants to think more like you and less like a machine

What does this mean:<p>wht has Don Trm don nw?<p>You’ve probably decided the intended question is: “What has Donald Trump done now?”<p>But how did you reach …

Machine Learning

The brain is worse at predicting when under threat

New or uncertain situations can make us a little anxious and more alert to potential danger. This state of hypervigilance is helpful in the case of …

Australian Universities

10 amazing facts about the brain

1. Your brain has about 100 billion neurons – about as many stars as in the Milky Way galaxy<p>Each of these neurons is connected to hundreds or …

The Brain

Sleep deprivation: why your brain needs to go to sleep

(Credit: istockphoto)<p>Many of us have experienced the effects of sleep deprivation: feeling tired and cranky, or finding it hard to concentrate. Sleep …

Sleep

Uncertainty helps the brain learn

Some current theories propose that uncertainty can enhance learning. Think about it this way: if you know exactly what the consequence of a certain …

The Brain

Left or right? Honeybees have a preference for flight direction

Humans are mostly right-handed, and primates, cats, dogs and even budgies show handedness, but now for the first time, researchers have shown that …

Honey Bees

Can you grow new brain cells?

Brains are incredibly adaptive organs. Our brain cells (neurons) and the connections between them are constantly changing, which enables us to learn …

Stem Cells

Ancestry plays a role in MND risk genes

Your ancestry can impact the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND), new research shows.<p>The collaborative international study, involving …

Neuroscience

General anaesthetics do more than put you to sleep

QBI researchers have found that general anaesthetics act on the brain in a more complex way than previously thought. The discovery could lead to …

Neuroscience

Digging deep into distinctly different DNA

A University of Queensland discovery has deepened our understanding of the genetic mutations that arise in different tissues, and how these are …

Mutations

Does music make us smarter?

Playing and listening to music makes you smarter: so goes the message oft-peddled to parents. But does picking up the violin or listening to Mozart …

Australian Universities

MND progression linked to metabolic overdrive

Increased energy use in the cells of patients with motor neurone disease (MND) has been linked to faster disease progression and reduced lifespan.<p>A …

Medical Research

Why that chocolate bar feels so good: how pleasure affects our brain - Queensland Brain Institute - University of Queensland

Every day we make a range of choices in the pursuit of pleasure: we do things that make us feel good or work in a specific job because it’s rewarding …

Enzyme plays key role in build-up of toxic Alzheimer's proteins

<i>The dark shapes are dying/dead neurons filled with tau tangles in an Alzheimer's diseased brain. (credit: QBI)</i><p>QBI researchers are a step closer to …

What is a neuron?

Neurons (also called neurones or nerve cells) are the fundamental units of the brain and nervous system, the cells responsible for receiving sensory …

Colour vision in animals: a comprehensive overview

QBI researchers have advanced our understanding of how animals see and use colour, and how their colour vision has evolved.<p>Colour has an important …