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Scientists Discover On-Off Switch To A Persons Consciousness

Scientists Discover On-Off Switch To A Person's Consciousness

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe online An orchestra, consisting of woodwinds, strings, percussion and brass instruments, each work off a score specific to the instrument they are playing. They each contribute a layer to the...

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2014-07-01 11:43:59

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Cedars-Sinai-led investigators say some brain cells in a structure called the amygdala appear to make judgments based on a viewer's subjective opinions instead of true emotion expressed When evaluating another person's emotions – happy, sad, angry, afraid – humans take cues from facial expressions. Neurons in a part of the brain called the amygdala "fire" in response to the visual stimulation as information is processed by the retina, the amygdala and a...

child stress
2014-06-28 05:41:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Chronic stressors such as poverty or abuse can have a lasting negative impact on children and could be linked to behavioral, health or employment-related problems later on in life, according to new research appearing in the latest edition of the journal Biological Psychiatry. While experiencing a certain amount of stress can help youngsters learn how to adapt to and cope with life’s obstacles, researchers from the University of...

Study Looks At Association Between Childhood Maltreatment And Volume Of Cerebral Grey Matter
2014-06-19 03:11:11

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology Abuse could lead to permanent brain damage An international study has analyzed the association between childhood maltreatment and the volume of cerebral grey matter, responsible for processing information. The results revealed a significant deficit in various late developing regions of the brain after abuse. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), child maltreatment is defined as all forms of physical and/or emotional...

angry face lends weight
2014-06-10 04:59:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Research has found that facial expressions can convey more information than verbal communication alone and a new Harvard University study has found that an angry glare can add effectiveness to a negotiator’s demands. Published in Psychological Science, the study found that an angry glare adds additional gravity to a negotiator’s threat to walk away from the talks. The researchers also saw that the glared-at party tended to offer...

Rats Experience Regret Similar To Humans
2014-06-09 13:11:59

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the 2007 Disney feature length Cartoon, Ratatouille, the lead character Remy was separated from his family due to his desire to save Augesten Gusteau's restaurant after reading the famed book "You Can Cook" during the exodus from the besieged farmhouse. That fateful decision and its immediate aftermath were portrayed in such a way that we, as human viewers, were meant to sense Remy's regret. But surely, rats are incapable of such...

sight and sound in the visual cortex
2014-05-26 04:33:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While analyzing the brain processes associated with sight, researchers from the University of Glasgow have discovered that the visual cortex processes information not just from the eyes, but from the ears as well. Writing in the journal Current Biology, the study authors explain that the auditory input makes it possible for a person’s visual system to predict incoming information, thus giving them an advantage in potentially...

2014-05-13 08:35:43

Nationwide Insurance Foundation provides additional $1.4 million in grants to Feeding America and network food banks in support of the communities they serve CHICAGO, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief organization, announced today that the Nationwide Insurance Foundation will donate $1.43 million to continue its support of solving hunger in America. As a part of this gift, the Nationwide Insurance Foundation will...

Researchers Find ‘Seeing Jesus In Toast’ Phenomenon Perfectly Normal
2014-05-07 03:35:20

University of Toronto People who claim to see “Jesus in toast” may no longer be mocked in the future thanks to a new study by researchers at the University of Toronto and partner institutions in China. Researchers have found that the phenomenon of “face pareidolia”– where onlookers report seeing images of Jesus, Virgin Mary, or Elvis in objects such as toasts, shrouds, and clouds — is normal and based on physical causes. “Most people think you have to be mentally...

2014-04-30 11:45:46

New research shows brain's predictive nature when listening to others Our brain activity is more similar to that of speakers we are listening to when we can predict what they are going to say, a team of neuroscientists has found. The study, which appears in the Journal of Neuroscience, provides fresh evidence on the brain's role in communication. "Our findings show that the brains of both speakers and listeners take language predictability into account, resulting in more similar brain...

Scientists Hunt Down Origin Of Huntington's Disease In The Brain
2014-04-29 17:24:09

Elaine Schmidt, University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences The gene mutation that causes Huntington's disease appears in every cell in the body, yet kills only two types of brain cells. Why? UCLA scientists used a unique approach to switch the gene off in individual brain regions and zero in on those that play a role in causing the disease in mice. Published in the April 28 online edition of Nature Medicine, the research sheds light on where Huntington's starts in the...


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Midbrain
2013-07-25 15:13:23

The midbrain, also known as the mesencephalon is the part of the brain most responsible for vision, motor control, arousal, temperature regulation, alertness and hearing. Formation and Orientation The midbrain is found under the cerebral cortex and above the hindbrain. The mesencephalon is not divided into any other portions of the brain unlike the other two vesicles that stem from the neural tube. There are four separate lobes on the side of the cerebral aqueduct within the...

Brain
2013-03-05 13:54:00

Formation and Orientation The development of the brain is broken down into stages. The basic evolution begins in the third week of the embryonic process where the neural plate is formed. By week four, the neural plate has developed into the neural tube. The anterior part of the tube, the telencephalon, grows rapidly as it prepares to later give way to the brain. As time goes on, cells begin to classify themselves as either neurons or glial cells, thus determining their functions. Glial...

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Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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