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Brain wiring needed for reading isn’t learned—it’s in place prior to reading | Ars Technica

Researchers could predict how kids’ brains would develop before they learned to read.<p>Our brains are apparently really good at divvying up heavy …

Humanity

Chronic stroke patients safely recover after injection of human stem cells

Injecting specially prepared human adult stem cells directly into the brains of chronic stroke patients proved safe and effective in restoring motor …

Medicine

Learning more about the brain - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

The question is straightforward enough: How does the brain learn to make sense of the visual world? The full answer is complicated by the fact that …

Controversial New Push to Tie Microbes to Alzheimer's Disease

<i>Editor's note: Neurobiologist Ruth Itzhaki has been working in this field for 20-to-25 years, so this article was updated to remove an incorrect</i> …

Dementia

Sleep suppresses homeostatic rebalancing of brain activity

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 …

Brain Activity

How To Train Your Brain To Have More Breakthrough Ideas

You can’t have creative breakthroughs if your neurons aren’t already good at forming new connections.<p>One year in college, just before finals, Judah Pollack decided to take up juggling. He grabbed three mandarin oranges–having thought twice about eggs–and started tossing them in the air. Never mind …

The Brain

Getting Emotions ‘Switched On’ After Decades Of Asperger's

John Elder Robison speaks with world-renowned autism spokesperson Temple Grandin in Bakersfield, California in 2011. (jerobison.blogspot.com)<b>John</b> …

Autism

Are brain-stimulating headphones a good idea?

According to QMed, two different start-up tech companies are launching brain-stimulating headphones, aimed at different market sectors. One device is …

The Brain

DARPA’s ‘Targeted Neuroplasticity Training’ program aims to accelerate learning ‘beyond normal levels’

New DARPA “TNT” technology will be designed to safely and precisely modulate peripheral nerves to control synaptic plasticity during cognitive skill …

Neuroscience