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Rodent recall: false but happy memories implanted in sleeping mice

Researchers at CRNS in Paris create artificial positive feelings in mouse’s memory for first time during sleep, highlighting possible new treatment for depression<p>Scientists have succeeded in creating false but happy memories in mice, in the first demonstration of memory manipulation during sleep.<p>In …

The Brain

Neuroscientists Have Worked Out How to “Read” And “Write” Brain Signals

A new technique allows researchers to both observe and control brain activity in mice.<p>Just like a very complicated computer, our brains control our …

Scientists Find Differences In The Brains Of People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

<i>By Nathan Collins</i><p>Chronic fatigue syndrome affects as many as four in a thousand people in the United States -- perhaps more. Despite that, there's been slow progress in understanding the disease, and researchers still aren't exactly sure what causes it. Now, a small new study hints that subtle …

From Brain To Computer: Helping 'Locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out

In 2009, a man named Barry Beck suffered a series of strokes, which caused extensive damage to his right occipital lobe and to the brain stem. The geologist and author of several books was left completely unable to communicate, in a state known as locked-in syndrome.<p>The condition was famously …

Brain-Training Toys for the Baby Crowd?

Long before goos and gah turn into recognizable words, baby brains are hard at work distinguishing the sounds of their home language, and creating connections that will support future language production. Now, new research appears to show that all the hard work could be accelerated with a little …

University of Michigan

Robo rehab

Robot-assisted rehabilitation is gaining traction in hospital stroke units, but exoskeleton-type devices may actually discourage patients from performing their exercises.<p>Hundreds of millions of people tuned in to the World Cup opening ceremony in São Paulo last month, to watch artists such as …

New test can detect early signs of autism in babies

Children with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not usually diagnosed until they are at least two years old and starting to show relevant behavioural patterns.<p>Now, experts at the University of London’s Birkbeck University Baby Lab are developing a test for six- to …

Forget “OK Glass,” MindRDR Is A Google Glass App You Control With Your Thoughts

Google Glass has made a name for itself (somewhat infamously) as head-mounted hardware that you can control with your voice and a sliding finger. Now, a team based out of interactive studio This Place in London, is launching a new app that it hopes will kickstart an even more seamless way of …

Scientists Have Located the Brain's On/Off Switch for Consciousness

Every one of us loses consciousness on a daily basis: it's called sleep. But scientists have never understood which part of the brain controls when …

App helps stroke victims regain their voice

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cathy Dykeman recognizes the striped animal shown on the virtual flash card in the Name That! application on her tablet. She carefully spells out the word on the brown office table at the University of Northern Iowa's speech communications center with her finger.<p>Z ... E ... B …

Concussions Do More Damage To Men Than Women

By: Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer<p>Published: 05/12/2014 10:17 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>When it comes to concussions, men may take longer to recover, and show more brain damage, than women do, a new study suggests.<p>In the study, researchers examined brain scans and medical records of 47 men and 22 women …

Hyperrealistic virtual reality adventure Loading Human headed to Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus

As the medium of virtual reality progresses, its applications only get more incredible. Take Untold Games' <i>Loading Human</i>, for instance. It takes Unreal Engine 4 and infuses it with the tropes of the adventure game genre, only instead of pointing and clicking, you're <i>in</i> that world. Solving puzzles and …

A circuit board modeled on the human brain

New microchips based on the human brain are 9,000 times faster and use significantly less power than a typical PC.<p>Stanford bioengineers have …

Neuroscience

Educated brains recover better after injury - Futurity

Better-educated people appear more likely to fully recover from traumatic brain injury, suggesting that "cognitive reserve" may help their brains …

Scientists discover brain's anti-distraction system

"Our results show clearly that this is only one part of the equation and that active suppression of the irrelevant objects is another important part."<p>…

Parents are going to prison for a medical diagnosis that may not exist

In 3,000 criminal cases, the shaken baby syndrome debate goes on<p>On a cold Wednesday evening in January 2009, Josh Miller was finishing his 8:00-to-5:00 shift as an automotive detailer at a garage in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It was just like any other day; he was tired and ready to go home. But that …

Colonial Williamsburg Struggles to Reinvent Itself as a Hip Historic Destination

With only sporadic success, local government leaders and tourism professionals have been trying to tackle the problem of declining visitation.<p>They …

Grand Central Dispatch In-Depth: Part 1/2

Learn about concurrency in this Grand Central Dispatch in-depth tutorial series.<p><i>Update note:</i> Check out our updated version of this Grand Central …

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism.<p>The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking …

Exercise Could Aid Concussion Recovery

A concussion is a discomposing slog to your brain, so it makes intuitive sense—even to the medical community—that lying very, very still should provide the fastest recovery. But concussed patients whose symptoms last longer than three weeks may benefit from getting up and exercising, according to a …

The Brain

The changing face of psychology

After 50 years of stagnation in research practices, psychology is leading reforms that will benefit all life sciences<p>In 1959, an American researcher named Ted Sterling reported something disturbing. Of 294 articles published across four major psychology journals, 286 had reported positive results – …

How to Learn JavaScript Properly

<b>Resources:</b><br>— Professional JavaScript for Web Developers (3rd Edition)<br>— JavaScriptIsSexy.com (4 articles)<br>— Codecademy.com (2 tracks)<p><b>Prerequisite:</b> You …

Do You See What I See? Kids' Visual Memory Works In Mysterious Ways

When kids look around, how much are they taking in about the objects that surround them? Scientists have recently devised new ways to peer inside little kid brains and figure out how their visual working memory works. They found that although young kids use the same parts of the brain to record …

The Brain

Brain workouts benefit older adults 10 years later - Futurity

Older adults who receive as few as 10 sessions of mental training show long-lasting improvements in reasoning 10 years after the intervention.

Exercise

The Woman Who Could Write, But Couldn't Read

A recent stroke left one 40-year-old woman with some unusual symptoms.<p>One morning, a kindergarten teacher was about to take attendance for her class when she realized she couldn't read the paper in her hands. She tried looking over her lesson plans, but like the attendance sheet, they seemed to be …

Employment

New Open Source Platform Allows Anyone To Hack Brain Waves

For most people how the human brain works remains a mystery, let alone how to hack it. A new Kickstarter campaign created by engineers Joel Murphy and Conor Russomanno aims to change this by putting an affordable, open-source brain-computer interface kit in the hands & minds of …

This headband promises to help you take control of your dreams

Andrew Smiley was sitting inside a huge, ornate dining hall when he began to notice the lights pulsing overhead. That’s weird, he thought. He stood up to get a better look, drawing the eyes of those around him. Suddenly, he knew what was happening, and what to do next: he bolted, diving through a …

Inside the secret robot lab that's shaking up science

Inside a nondescript office park in Silicon Valley, a robotic arm is running a test. With rapid, precise movements, the arm pipettes colored liquids into wells on a tray. Within a few minutes its work is done: the arm has pipetted the logo for Transcriptic, a fast-growing, Google Ventures-backed …