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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

Feb. 13, 2019 — Scientists have found a simple, yet effective, way to improve how synchronization is measured in chaotic systems. The technique consists in adding a constant parameter to the 'analytic ... read more

Feb. 12, 2019 — What makes us human, and where does this mysterious property of 'humanness' come from? Humans are genetically similar to chimpanzees and bonobos, yet there exist obvious behavioral and ... read more

Consciousness Rests on the Brain's Ability to Sustain Rich Dynamics of Neural Activity

Feb. 12, 2019 — Consciousness, from the moment we go to sleep until we wake up, seems to come and go every day. Consciousness can be temporarily abolished by pharmacological agents or more permanently by brain ... read more

More Is Better When Coordinating With Others

Feb. 12, 2019 — Researchers have demonstrated that physical coordination is more beneficial in larger ... read more

Once Seen as Nerve Cells' Foot Soldier, the Axon Emerges as Decision-Maker

Feb. 12, 2019 — New research reveals that parts of the neuron are far more complex than once ... read more

Beyond Romance: Empathy and Bonding

Feb. 11, 2019 — Love can make us do crazy things. It often prompts us to behave in counterintuitive ways, like, for example, placing the wellbeing of our loved ones above our own. But ... read more

New Alzheimer's Therapy With Brain Blood Flow Discovery?

Feb. 11, 2019 — By discovering the culprit behind decreased blood flow in the brain of people with Alzheimer's, biomedical engineers at have made possible promising new therapies for the ... read more

Why Children Struggle With the 'Cocktail Party Effect'

Feb. 11, 2019 — Researchers have clarified the development of the ability to attend to a speaker in a noisy environment -- a phenomenon known as the 'cocktail party effect.' Published in JNeurosci, the ... read more

Learning a Second Alphabet for a First Language

Feb. 11, 2019 — A part of the brain that maps letters to sounds can acquire a second, visually distinct alphabet for the same language, according to a study of English speakers. The research challenges theoretical ... read more

Feb. 11, 2019 — New research reports features of the brain in musicians with absolute, or perfect, pitch (AP) that likely enable individuals with this rare ability -- shared by Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven -- to ... read more

Rats in Augmented Reality Help Show How the Brain Determines Location

Feb. 11, 2019 — Before the age of GPS, humans had to orient themselves without on-screen arrows pointing down an exact street, but rather, by memorizing landmarks and using learned relationships among time, speed ... read more

Spinal Cord Is 'Smarter' Than Previously Thought

Feb. 11, 2019 — New research has shown that the spinal cord is able to process and control complex functions, like the positioning of your hand in external space. 'This research has shown that a least one ... read more

New Target Could Help Protect Vision Following Optic Nerve Trauma

Feb. 11, 2019 — When a car crash or explosion results in an optic nerve injury, eliminating an enzyme known to promote inflammation appears to aid recovery, scientists ... read more

Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping in Healthy Babies

Feb. 11, 2019 — A five-minute delay in the clamping of healthy infants' umbilical cords results in increased iron stores and brain myelin in areas important for early-life functional development, a new study ... read more

How Exercise May Protect Against Alzheimer's

Feb. 8, 2019 — A hormone called irisin -- produced during exercise -- may protect neurons against Alzheimer's ... read more

Psychology: Robot Saved, People Take the Hit

Feb. 8, 2019 — To what extent are people prepared to show consideration for robots? A new study suggests that, under certain circumstances, some people are willing to endanger human lives -- out of concern for ... read more

Safe to Use Hands-Free Devices in the Car? Yes, Suggests New Research

Feb. 7, 2019 — New research suggests that drivers who use hands-free electronic devices, as opposed to handheld ones, are less likely to get into a ... read more

Size and Time Impact Outcomes When Mechanical Clot Removal Used for Large Core Strokes

Feb. 7, 2019 — Patient outcomes with large core stroke damage are worse the larger the core volume and the longer the time lapse between stroke onset and treatment. Perfusion imaging may help identify large core ... read more

Identifying Brain's Preparation for Action

Feb. 7, 2019 — Neuroscientists have identified the processes which occur in our brains milliseconds before we undertake a series of movements, crucial for speech, handwriting, sports or playing a musical ... read more

How the Immune System 'Thinks'

Feb. 7, 2019 — New research has demonstrated that immune cells make brain chemicals to fight off ... read more

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