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2012-03-08 00:49:29

Portions of a songbird's brain that control how it sings have been shown to decay within 24 hours of the animal losing its hearing. The findings, by researchers at Duke University Medical Center, show that deafness penetrates much more rapidly and deeply into the brain than previously thought. As the size and strength of nerve cell connections visibly changed under a microscope, researchers could even predict which songbirds would have worse songs in coming days. "When hearing was lost,...

2012-02-22 12:04:02

If you are looking for a particular object – say a yellow pencil – on a cluttered desk, how does your brain work to visually locate it? For the first time, a team led by Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists has identified how different neural regions communicate to determine what to visually pay attention to and what to ignore. This finding is a major discovery for visual cognition and will guide future research into visual and attention deficit disorders. The study,...

2012-02-07 23:10:24

Innovative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques that can measure changes in the microstructure of the white matter likely to affect brain function and the ability of different regions of the brain to communicate are presented in an article in the groundbreaking new neuroscience journal Brain Connectivity, a bimonthly peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.. The article is available free online at www.liebertpub.com/brain Brain function depends on the ability of...

2012-02-02 07:44:24

Over the first few years of life, human cognition continues to develop, soaking up information and experiences from the environment and far surpassing the abilities of even our nearest primate relatives. In a study published online today in Genome Research, researchers have identified extended synaptic development in the human brain relative to other primates, a finding that sheds new light on the biology and evolution of human cognition. "Why can we absorb environmental information during...

Image 1 - Device Could One Day Read Your Mind By Decoding Brain Waves
2012-02-01 09:42:19

[ Watch the Video ] Have you ever imagined taking on the role of Spock in the popular Star Trek shows and films, using your mind melding abilities to read the thoughts of others. Well that could one day become a reality, in a roundabout way. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco, have demonstrated a new method to reconstruct words, based on signals from the brains of patients thinking of those words. While it is a far cry from...

2012-01-16 10:51:22

Facilitates systematic comparison of mouse models of disorders including schizophrenia, autism A new technology developed by neuroscientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) transforms the way highly detailed anatomical images can be made of whole brains. Until now, means of obtaining such images — used in cutting-edge projects to map the mammalian brain -- have been painstakingly slow and available only to a handful of highly specialized research teams. By automating and...

Scientists Find How Our Brains Recognize Faces
2012-01-10 12:43:24

A new study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) shines new light on how the human brain can recognize faces, as well as how it can discern actual faces from face-like images or objects. According to an MIT press release, our minds are often able to see things that resemble faces, such as the New Hampshire's "Old Man of the Mountain." Yet at the same time, rarely do we have difficulty telling the difference between these and actual faces, and Professor of Brain and Cognitive...

2012-01-06 15:17:48

Pioneering vision study in mice will help revolutionize the study of brain function and mental disease There's a 3-D world in our brains. It's a landscape that mimics the outside world, where the objects we see exist as collections of neural circuits and electrical impulses. Now, scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies are using new tools they developed to chart that world, a key step in revolutionizing research into the neurological basis of vision. For the first...

2012-01-03 22:05:58

New research reveals a right-hemispheric bias in bats when it comes to tackling navigation and a left-hemispheric advantage for communication Imagine listening to music while carrying on a conversation with friends. This type of multi-tasking is fairly easy to do, right? That's because our brains efficiently and effectively separate the auditory signals — music to the right side; conversation to the left. But what researchers have not been able to do in humans or animals is to see a...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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