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2013-04-02 10:36:22

EEG could be more widely used to identify treatable causes of common disorders in hospital patients, say researchers in Mayo Clinic Proceedings A retrospective study of patients who had in-hospital electroencephalography (EEG) has established that EEG is a valuable tool that could be deployed more widely to identify treatable causes of impaired consciousness in the hospital setting. The study is published in the April issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Altered mental status (AMS) and...

2013-03-07 11:20:02

In the din of a crowded room, paying attention to just one speaker's voice can be challenging. Research in the March 6 issue of the Cell Press journal Neuron demonstrates how the brain hones in on one speaker to solve this "Cocktail Party Problem." Researchers discovered that brain waves are shaped so that the brain can selectively track the sound patterns from the speaker of interest and at the same time exclude competing sounds from other speakers. The findings could have important...

EEG Helps Researchers Understand Sedation And Consciousness
2013-03-05 19:46:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Doctors and surgeons have been using general anesthetic to induce unconsciousness for over one hundred years, but little work has been done to define what unconsciousness actually is. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences from a group of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers has defined consciousness more thoroughly by using a high quality electroencephalogram (EEG) to identify the brain...

Taking Music Lessons Early In Life Leads To Strong Brain Connections
2013-02-13 13:46:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Getting your child involved in a music program from an early age can help them develop stronger connections in their brain, according to a new study. Researchers reported in the Journal of Neuroscience children who start taking music lessons, such as a learning a recorder in kindergarten, before the age of seven have helped create stronger connections within the brain. The new study suggests musical training before this age...

2013-02-07 12:18:46

Older adults put in less effort to read text on tablet computers, but effects not seen in younger adults Reading text on digital devices like tablet computers requires less effort from older adults than reading on paper, according to research published February 6 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Matthias Schlesewsky and colleagues from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, in collaboration with colleagues from Georg August University Göttingen and the University...


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