When becoming literate neuroplasticity conquers a network that is deeply rooted in the brain. This reorganisation makes us more and more efficient in visually navigating through letter strings. Credit: Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive Brain Sciences Reading is such a new ability in human evolutionary history that the existence of a ‘reading area’ could

Our sense of vision and smell alone are enough to make us aware that someone has a disease even before it breaks out. And not only aware – we also act upon the information and avoid sick people. Credit: © Augustino / Fotolia JThe human brain is much better than previously thought at discovering and

This photo shows Jun-Hyeong Cho (left) and Woong Bin Kim. Credit: Cho lab, UC Riverside Research published by scientists at the University of California, Riverside on “fear memory” could lead to the development of therapies that reduce the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To survive in a dynamic environment, animals develop adaptive fear responses

After spheroids representing two different brain regions fuse in a dish, neurons from one spheroid (green) migrate into the second and forge connections with neurons residing there. Credit: Courtesy of the Pasca lab Peering into laboratory glassware, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have watched stem-cell-derived nerve cells arising in a specific region of the

A team of University of Pennsylvania neuroscientists showed for the first time that electrical stimulation delivered when memory is predicted to fail can improve memory function in the human brain. Here, the blue dots indicate overall electrode placement; the yellow dot (top-right corner) indicates the electrode used to stimulate the subject’s brain to increase memory

Milgram experiment tests people’s willingness to deliverer electric shocks to another person when encouraged by an experimenter.Image Credit:Flickr/Ape Lad The title is direct, “Would you deliver an electric shock in 2015?” and the answer, according to the results of this replication study, is yes. Social psychologists from SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in

The scans show that stimulation ‘in beat’ increases brain activity in the regions involved in task performance. On the other hand, stimulation ‘out of beat’ showed activity in regions usually associated with resting.Credit: Ines Violante Scientists have uncovered a method for improving short-term working memory, by stimulating the brain with electricity to synchronise brain waves.

Itching is a highly contagious behavior. When we see someone scratch, we’re likely to scratch, too. New research from the Washington University Center for the Study of Itch shows contagious itching is hardwired in the brain. Credit: Michael Worful Some behaviors — yawning and scratching, for example —  are socially contagious, meaning if one person

This is a Brain Music EEG headset.Credit: Osaka University Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these patterns, but give little consideration to the emotional response of their audience.

UCLA scientists discovered that dendrites (shown here in green) are not just passive conduits for electrical currents between neurons.Credit: Shelley Halpain/UC San Diego A new UCLA study could change scientists’ understanding of how the brain works — and could lead to new approaches for treating neurological disorders and for developing computers that “think” more like

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