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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

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

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

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

Oral Contraceptives Could Impair Women's Recognition of Complex Emotions

Feb. 11, 2019 — Women who take the pill are nearly 10 percent worse at recognizing subtle expressions of complex emotions like pride or contempt, according to new research. Previous research suggests the ... 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

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

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

Normal Brain Aging Patterns Occur at a Faster Rate in People With Psychosis

Feb. 7, 2019 — Patients with psychosis have accelerated aging of two brain networks important for general cognition -- the frontoparietal network (FPN) and cingulo-opercular network (CON) -- according to a new ... read more

Working It Out: Researchers Find Exercise May Help Fight Depression in Seniors

Feb. 7, 2019 — The benefits of exercise are widely known but kinesiologists have for the first time found that physical activity may help fight depression in seniors by stimulating muscle-generated mood ... read more

New Study Examines the Way Estrogen Affects Methamphetamine Addiction

Feb. 6, 2019 — Researchers look at how methamphetamine affects female rats. Findings show that the drug induces different signaling changes in the brains of male rats versus their female counterparts, which may ... read more

Heavy Drinking in Teens Causes Lasting Changes in Emotional Center of Brain

Feb. 6, 2019 — Lasting changes in the brain caused by drinking that starts in adolescence are the result of epigenetic changes that alter the expression of a protein crucial for the formation and maintenance of ... read more

Feb. 6, 2019 — Silent strokes are a common symptom of sickle cell disease, though they can be debilitating. Researchers recently showed that silent strokes may be caused by decreased oxygen delivery to a part of ... read more

Hibernating Hamsters Could Provide New Clues to Alzheimer's Disease

Feb. 6, 2019 — Syrian hamsters are golden-haired rodents often kept as house pets. Cold and darkness can cause the animals to hibernate for three to four days at a time, interspersed with short periods of activity. ... read more

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