The studies show that playing video games can change how our brains perform, and even their structure. Credit: © Drobot Dean / Fotolia Scientists have collected and summarized studies looking at how video games can shape our brains and behavior. Research to date suggests that playing video games can change the brain regions responsible for

Two Aplysia sensory neurons with synaptic contacts on the same motor neuron in culture after isolation from the nervous system of Aplysia. The motor neuron has been injected with a fluorescent molecule that blocks the activity of a specific Protein Kinase M molecule. Credit: Schacher Lab/Columbia University Medical Center Different types of memories stored in

Most adults can quickly and effortlessly recall as many as 100,000 regularly used words when prompted, but how the brain accomplishes this has long boggled scientists. Credit: © BillionPhotos.com / Fotolia When you look at a picture of a mug, the neurons that store your memory of what a mug is begin firing. But it’s

UC San Diego neurosurgeons color code the brain with tractography. The circular object is a tumor. Credit: UC San Diego Health System Neurosurgeons at UC San Diego Health System are using a new approach to visualize the brain’s delicate anatomy prior to surgery. The novel technique allows neurosurgeons to see the brain’s nerve connections thus

The image attempts to illustrate something that cannot be imaged — a universe of multi-dimensional structures and spaces. On the left is a digital copy of a part of the neocortex, the most evolved part of the brain. On the right are shapes of different sizes and geometries in an attempt to represent structures ranging

A rat touches a touch stimulus that has appeared in an iPad screen. The visual stimulus has been created by a cognitive brain pattern generated by the rat. Credit: Neuroscience Division (UPO) and Neuro-Com (UAB) Brain-machine interfaces represent a solution for people with physical difficulties to communicate with their physical and social environment. In this

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the researchers recorded brain activity patterns as subjects listened to stories of human distress. Credit: © luaeva / Fotolia When others suffer, we humans empathize. Our feelings of empathy take different forms, such as distress when we imagine and internalize someone’s pain and compassion as we sympathize with their

Brain patterns in 6 month old babies may predict autism in those at high risk. Credit: © vetre / Fotolia Functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (fcMRI) may predict which high-risk, 6-month old infants will develop autism spectrum disorder by age 2 years, according to a study funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of

Scientists at NIH used electrical recordings to study how the human brain remembers. Credit: Courtesy of Zaghloul lab, NIH/NINDS In a pair of studies, scientists at the National Institutes of Health explored how the human brain stores and retrieves memories. One study suggests that the brain etches each memory into unique firing patterns of individual

This image shows Giant Nudibranch, Dendronotus iris. Credit: Courtesy of Ralph and Dale Marie Gonzales Scientists at Georgia State University have rewired the neural circuit of one species and given it the connections of another species to test a hypothesis about the evolution of neural circuits and behavior. Neurons are connected to each other to

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