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2008-09-03 09:10:00

Playing, and even watching, sports improves brain function Being an athlete or merely a fan improves language skills when it comes to discussing their sport because parts of the brain usually involved in playing sports are instead used to understand sport language, new research at the University of Chicago shows. The research was conducted on hockey players, fans, and people who'd never seen or played the game. It shows, for the first time, that a region of the brain usually associated with...

2008-07-31 09:00:31

Ganglia, an open source scalable distributed monitoring system for high-performance computing systems, announced today the release of Ganglia 3.1. Replete with new metric features and a new modular interface, Ganglia 3.1 will bring improved performance and greater configuration options to organizations such as the University of California, Flickr and Stanford Linear Accelerator. Designed for large-scale monitoring environments, Ganglia is based on a hierarchical design targeted at...

2008-06-02 10:10:00

Research team's work with brain scans and computational modeling an important breakthrough in understanding the brain and developing new computational toolsFor centuries, the concept of mind readers was strictly the domain of folklore and science fiction. But according to new research published today in the journal Science, scientists are closer to knowing how specific thoughts activate our brains. The findings demonstrate the power of computational modeling to improve our understanding of...

2006-07-24 16:20:00

WASHINGTON -- Your parents were right, don't study with the TV on. Multitasking may be a necessity in today's fast-paced world, but new research shows distractions affect the way people learn, making the knowledge they gain harder to use later on. The study, in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also provides a clue as to why it happens. "What's new is that even if you can learn while distracted, it changes how you learn to make it less efficient and useful," said...

2005-09-09 18:10:00

By examining how sounds are registered during the process of learning, UC Irvine neurobiologists have discovered a neural coding mechanism that the brain relies upon to register the intensity of memories based on the importance of the experience. While neurobiologists have long hypothesized this type of neural coding, the study presents the first evidence that a "memory code" of any kind may exist. The UCI researchers believe that this code, as well as similar codes that may be discovered,...

2005-02-19 09:55:10

Researchers identify mechanisms behind short-term recall HealthDay News -- Remembering phone numbers, names at a party, directions to a restaurant: All are tasks that demand short-term, but not necessarily long-term, memory. Neuroscientists have long puzzled over mechanisms behind short-term, or "working," memory, and now monkeys and a mathematical model may solve the mystery. Reporting in the Feb. 18 issue of Science, researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory say they trained macaque...

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