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Poor Sleep Linked To Memory Loss
2013-01-28 05:02:44

[ Watch the Video: Good Sleep Equals Good Memory ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A lack of quality, deep sleep could play a vital role in the memory loss sometimes experienced by older men and women, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have discovered. Matthew Walker, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley, and colleagues discovered that the brain waves generated during slow-wave sleep help move memories from...

Decision-Making Driven By Prefrontal Cortex And Dopamine
2012-12-18 16:21:54

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online One of the unique features of the human mind is its ability re-prioritize its goals and priorities as situations change and new information arises. This happens when you cancel a planned cruise because you need the money to repair your broke-down car, or when you interrupt your morning jog because your cell phone is ringing in your pocket. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS),...

Code In Brain Key To Pronouncing Vowels, Could Help Speech Paralysis
2012-08-22 14:23:42

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Loss of muscle functioning in the body. Difficulty transferring message from the brain to muscles. These are just a few traits of paralysis that scientists examined in terms of its relationship to speech. A recent study by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology, researchers revealed a code in the brain that helps pronounce vowels. According to the researchers, human speech...

Different Areas Of The Brain Are Used For Thinking And Choosing
2012-08-21 14:31:55

Caltech researchers study over 300 lesion patients The frontal lobes are the largest part of the human brain, and thought to be the part that expanded most during human evolution. Damage to the frontal lobes–which are located just behind and above the eyes–can result in profound impairments in higher-level reasoning and decision making. To find out more about what different parts of the frontal lobes do, neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)...

2012-06-20 19:11:59

Concordia research helps develop first brain map of love and desire Thanks to modern science, we know that love lives in the brain, not in the heart. But where in the brain is it — and is it in the same place as sexual desire? A recent international study is the first to draw an exact map of these intimately linked feelings. "No one has ever put these two together to see the patterns of activation," says Jim Pfaus, professor of psychology at Concordia University. "We didn't know...

Decision Making In The Brain
2012-06-20 08:57:24

Front-most part of the cortex involved in making short-term predictions about what will happen next Researchers at the University of Iowa, together with colleagues from the California Institute of Technology and New York University, have discovered how a part of the brain helps predict future events from past experiences. The work sheds light on the function of the front-most part of the frontal lobe, known as the frontopolar cortex, an area of the cortex uniquely well developed in humans...

2012-05-17 12:51:48

Famous 1848 case of a man who survived a terrible accident has modern parallel Poor Phineas Gage. In 1848, the supervisor for the Rutland and Burlington Railroad in Vermont was using a 13-pound, 3-foot-7-inch rod to pack blasting powder into a rock when he triggered an explosion that drove the rod through his left cheek and out of the top of his head. As reported at the time, the rod was later found, "smeared with blood and brains." Miraculously, Gage lived, becoming the most famous...

2012-05-17 09:45:00

In 1848, railroad worker Phineas Gage survived a severe brain injury when a tamping rod shot through his skull, resulting in significant behavioral changes. In a new study, reported May 16 in the open access journal PLoS ONE, researchers have used CT images of his skull in conjunction with MRI and connectomic brain imaging data of living subjects to reconstruct the injury and investigate which regions of the brain were affected to result in the behavioral changes. The research team, led by...

2012-04-19 20:05:54

Study shows religious participation and spirituality processed in different cerebral regions Scientists have speculated that the human brain features a “God spot,” one distinct area of the brain responsible for spirituality. Now, University of Missouri researchers have completed research that indicates spirituality is a complex phenomenon, and multiple areas of the brain are responsible for the many aspects of spiritual experiences. Based on a previously published study that...


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  • 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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