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2014-05-22 11:55:11

Instituto D'Or de Pesquisa e Ensino (IDOR) An unprecedented research conducted by a group of neuroscientists has demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to train brain patterns associated with empathic feelings – more specifically, tenderness. The research showed that volunteers who received neurofeedback about their own brain activity patterns whilst being scanned inside a functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) machine were able to change brain network function of areas...

Seeing Is A Matter Of Experience
2014-05-22 03:25:11

Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena The headlights – two eyes, the radiator cowling – a smiling mouth: This is how our brain sometimes creates a face out of a car front. The same happens with other objects: in house facades, trees or stones – a "human face" can often be detected as well. Prof. Dr. Gyula Kovács from Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) knows the reason why. "Faces are of tremendous importance for human beings," the neuroscientist explains. That's why in the...

2014-05-12 23:10:44

CorTechs Labs, Inc. is pleased to announce it signed a distribution agreement with NordicNeuroLab (NNL), a leading provider of functional MRI imaging solutions. With this agreement, NNL will distribute NeuroQuant®, the leading software solution for volumetric brain atrophy in the European healthcare market. San Diego, CA and Bergen, Norway (PRWEB) May 12, 2014 NeuroQuant is the first FDA-cleared and CE-Mark pending software medical device for automatic segmentation and measurement of...

Depression May Be Detectable By A Blood Test
2014-04-30 07:21:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Typically, diagnosing depression involves discussions about symptoms with a doctor or a therapist. It isn't an exact science, because until now, there wasn't an empirical test for most mental illnesses. A new study from the Medical University of Vienna (MedUni Vienna) might just change that. The study findings, published in PLOS ONE, demonstrate that in principle it might be possible to use a blood test to detect depression. The...

2014-04-16 11:38:44

A functional brain imaging technique known as positron emission tomography (PET) is a promising tool for determining which severely brain damaged individuals in vegetative states have the potential to recover consciousness, according to new research published in The Lancet. It is the first time that researchers have tested the diagnostic accuracy of functional brain imaging techniques in clinical practice. "Our findings suggest that PET imaging can reveal cognitive processes that aren't...

2014-03-26 16:19:50

Long-term brain damage caused by stroke could be reduced by saving cells called pericytes that control blood flow in capillaries Long-term brain damage caused by stroke could be reduced by saving cells called pericytes that control blood flow in capillaries, reports a new study led by scientists from UCL (University College London). Until now, many scientists believed that blood flow within the brain was solely controlled by changes in the diameter of arterioles, blood vessels that...

2014-03-26 11:10:50

Findings point to potential biomarkers for early detection of at-risk youth Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered impaired neuronal activity in the parts of the brain associated with anticipatory functioning among occasional 18- to 24-year-old users of stimulant drugs, such as cocaine, amphetamines and prescription drugs such as Adderall. The brain differences, detected using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), are believed...

Researchers Identify Decision-making Center Of The Brain
2014-03-11 13:03:32

April Reese Sorrow, University of Georgia Although choosing to do something because the perceived benefit outweighs the financial cost is something people do daily, little is known about what happens in the brain when a person makes these kinds of decisions. Studying how these cost-benefit decisions are made when choosing to consume alcohol, University of Georgia associate professor of psychology James MacKillop identified distinct profiles of brain activity that are present when making...

2014-03-07 16:22:40

PHOENIX, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers have demonstrated that conditioned pain modulation (CPM), a measure of the brain's ability to regulate pain, decreases activity in the human spinal cord as visible via functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). "This study confirmed our hypothesis that CPM results in significant reductions in spinal dorsal horn activity in humans," said lead study author Ian Mackey, of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. The...

Dogs Are Sensitive To Emotions
2014-02-21 04:24:32

[ Watch the Video: Dogs Know How You're Feeling ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Humans can recognize the voices of their friends, get a mental image of them without actually seeing them, and determine their mood based on the tone of their voices because of a special region of their brain dedicated to these tasks. However, new research suggests we might not be the only mammal with these “voice areas.” Writing in the journal Current Biology, Attila Andics...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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