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I think, therefore I heal: the weird science of neurofeedback

It's been dismissed as bunk science for decades. But does neurofeedback deserve a second look?<p>Imagine if treating a mental illness was as simple as playing a video game — except your mind is the controller. That idea isn’t only real, it’s a therapy gaining traction in the medical community and …

New research on rhythm and source of brain’s slow waves

Scientists probe the source of a pulsing signal in the sleeping brain<p>The brain’s “slow waves” are rhythmic signal pulses that sweep through the brain …

Brain Cells Will Control The Power Plants Of The Future

Living neurons are coming up with better solutions for electricity distribution than people can.<p>Talk about a mind meld. Researchers have hooked up living brain cells, grown in a petri dish, to a computer.<p>The computer runs a simulation of a power plant and sends the neurons problems about …

Breakthrough in neuroscience could help re-wire appetite control

Researchers have made a discovery in neuroscience that could offer a long-lasting solution to eating disorders such as obesity.<p>It was previously …

Kids with autism mimic ‘more efficiently’

<b>U. NOTTINGHAM (UK) —</b> Children typically copy adult behavior as a social phenomenon, not to learn new skills, though this differs among those with …

Autism

Genetically Modified Rat Is Promising Model For Alzheimer's

A rat with some human genes could provide a better way to test Alzheimer's drugs.<p>The genetically modified rat is the first rodent model to exhibit the full range of brain changes found in Alzheimer's, researchers report in <i>The Journal of Neuroscience</i>.<p>"It's a big step forward" for drug development, …

50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know

I'm delighted to announce that my first book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, has been given a publication date and is now available for …

To teach kids math, keep hands moving

<b>MICHIGAN STATE (US) —</b> Students perform better in math when their instructors use hand gestures—a simple teaching tool that could pay off in …

Michigan State University

Kinect-powered SimSensi can diagnose depression by tracking body movements and facial expressions

There's no doubt that enterprising hardware enthusiasts are finding uses for Microsoft's Kinect that go far beyond gaming. Take SimSensi, for example — a digital interface that asks questions to help diagnose potentially depressed individuals. SimSensi performs its initial diagnosis not by …

Human brain cells found to boost learning ability in mice

A recent study by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center has revealed new properties of human brain cells known as astrocytes, using them to boost learning ability in mice. Scientists injected the cells — previously seen as relatively unimportant helpers to more central neurons — …

Somewhere Over The Brainbow: The Journey To Map the Human Brain

During the State of the Union, President Obama said the nation is about to embark on an ambitious project: to examine the human brain and create a road map to the trillions of connections that make it work.<p>"Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy — every …

Brain Scan Predicts Whether Convicts Will Re-Offend: Welcome To The Sci-Fi Future

Activity in one very particular part of the brain shows a high correlation with recidivism.<p>Researchers at the Mind Research Network in New Mexico--a non-profit, partially government-funded neuroscience facility--have discovered a way to predict whether released convicts will return to their own …

Interactive robot trains kids with autism

<b>VANDERBILT (US) —</b> A humanoid robot shows promise for teaching a basic social skill called joint attention to children with autism spectrum …

Autism