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2013-06-19 23:26:17

You will now be able to access Ave Maria Press textbooks on Digital Cerebrum. Adelanto, CA (PRWEB) June 19, 2013 Digital Cerebrum, a division of Flannery Company, has partnered with Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, IN, to bring their eTextbooks to the Digital Cerebrum platform. Digital Cerebrum is an eReading platform designed specifically for the classroom. “Flannery has been a trusted partner for years and we are pleased to be able to offer the digital versions of our textbooks on the...

2013-06-19 14:33:47

It takes as few as 25 brain cells for a fly to characterize and distinguish among odors Behind the common expression "you can't compare apples to oranges" lies a fundamental question of neuroscience: How does the brain recognize that apples and oranges are different? A group of neuroscientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has published new research that provides some answers. In the fruit fly, the ability to distinguish smells lies in a region of the brain called the mushroom...

2013-06-18 15:23:03

A study, led by Royal Holloway University researcher Carolyn McGettigan, has identified the brain regions and interactions involved in impersonations and accents. Using an fMRI scanner, the team asked participants, all non-professional impressionists, to repeatedly recite the opening lines of a familiar nursery rhyme either with their normal voice, by impersonating individuals, or by impersonating regional and foreign accents of English. They found that when a voice is deliberately...

2013-06-10 10:53:45

Blood vessels within a sensory area of the mammalian brain loop and connect in unexpected ways, a new map has revealed. The study, published June 9 in the early online edition of Nature Neuroscience, describes vascular architecture within a well-known region of the cerebral cortex and explores what that structure means for functional imaging of the brain and the onset of a kind of dementia. David Kleinfeld, professor of physics and neurobiology at the University of California, San...

Elderly Clumsiness Brain Changes
2013-06-06 08:01:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Often attributed to age-related decay in vision and physical prowess, incidents of clumsiness in seniors could actually be caused by changes in the brain, researchers from Washington University in St. Louis claim in a new study. Incidents in which older men and women have difficulty reaching for and/or grasping things, such as inability to dial a phone of knocking over a glass while attempting to grab a different object, could be...

2013-06-04 23:22:39

Scientists have proven that people use a different part of the brain to learn about social hierarchies than the part normally used for processing other types of information. Ultimate Memory developers incorporated this information into some of the memory-building exercises in the Ultimate Memory 2013 release. New York City, NY (PRWEB) June 04, 2013 One of the most basic of human instincts is survival, and successful survival includes learning who makes up social groups and how best to form...

Scientists Find How Meditation Helps Reduce Anxiety
2013-06-04 12:36:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have identified the brain functions involved in how meditation reduces anxiety. The team wrote in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience about how they studied 15 healthy volunteers with normal levels of everyday anxiety. They said these individuals had no previous meditation experience or anxiety disorders. The participants took four 20-minute classes to learn...

Theta Brainwaves Reflect Ability To Overcome Built-in bias
2013-05-08 08:55:51

Brown University Vertebrates are predisposed to act to gain rewards, and to lay low to avoid punishment. Try to teach chickens to back away from food in order to obtain it, and you'll fail, as researchers did in 1986. But (some) humans are better thinkers than chickens. In the May 8 edition of the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers show that the level of theta brainwave activity in the prefrontal cortex predicts whether people will be able to overcome these ingrained biases when doing so...

Early Differentiation Of Higher Brain Structures Affected By Competing Pathways
2013-04-26 11:36:30

Georgia Institute of Technology Sand-dwelling and rock-dwelling cichlids living in East Africa's Lake Malawi share a nearly identical genome, but have very different personalities. The territorial rock-dwellers live in communities where social interactions are important, while the sand-dwellers are itinerant and less aggressive. Those behavioral differences likely arise from a complex region of the brain known as the telencephalon, which governs communication, emotion, movement and...


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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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