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2013-09-24 10:43:50

Our brains give us the remarkable ability to make sense of situations we've never encountered before—a familiar person in an unfamiliar place, for example, or a coworker in a different job role—but the mechanism our brains use to accomplish this has been a longstanding mystery of neuroscience. Now, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have demonstrated that our brains could process these new situations by relying on a method similar to the "pointer" system used by...

2013-09-23 10:19:27

Is this my finger? People can be easily tricked into believing an artificial finger is their own, shows a study published today [23 September] in The Journal of Physiology. The results reveal that the brain does not require multiple signals to build a picture body ownership, as this is the first time the illusion has been created using sensory inputs from the muscle alone. The discovery provides new insight into clinical conditions where body representation in the brain is disrupted due...

Neurofeedback Can Enhance The Brain's Signal-to-noise Ratio
2013-09-23 04:58:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As a needle sweeps across the grooves of a worn vinyl record, it carries the distinct sounds of hisses, scratches and even the echo of skips. For many years, however, if someone yearned to hear Frank Sinatra sing "Fly Me to the Moon," they were able to listen to his crooning baritone with technical clarity, courtesy of the increased signal-to-noise ratio of digital re-masterings. Recent advances in neurofeedback techniques have made...

2013-09-19 13:18:10

Active brain state beyond the deep coma associated with a flat EEG Researchers from the University of Montreal and their colleagues have found brain activity beyond a flat line EEG, which they have called Nu-complexes (from the Greek letter Νν). According to existing scientific data, researchers and doctors had established that beyond the so-called "flat line" (flat electroencephalogram or EEG), there is nothing at all, no brain activity, no possibility of life. This major discovery...

Bird Brain Map Gets Major Revisions
2013-09-18 08:24:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using state-of-the-art genetic and diagnostic tools, researchers from Duke University and the University of California, San Diego have re-contextualized the map of the avian brain, as described to two separate papers published in the Journal of Comparative Neurology. The researchers noted many similarities between the avian brain and mammalian brain – leading them to conclude that all vertebrates have more in common with respect to...

Where Imagination Lives In The Brain
2013-09-17 04:41:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While both philosophers and scientists have searched for ages for the biological source of the human imagination, the authors of a paper appearing in this week’s edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences report that they have located it in the human brain. In the study, lead author Alex Schlegel, a graduate student in the Dartmouth University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and colleagues report...

Brain Controls Volume Of Voices In Your Head
2013-09-04 10:24:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online During a conversation, the brain constantly makes adjustments in order to efficiently process the speech volume of others while recognizing self-made speech for what it is. According to a new report published this week in The Journal of Neuroscience, Duke researchers have mapped the complex brain interactions responsible for the ability to hold a conversation or play a musical instrument. What's more, the team believes that their...

Tools And Language Originate In Same Brain Region
2013-09-03 12:50:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Language and tool-making were two essential abilities that separated humans from apes when their evolutionary paths first diverged millions of years ago. Now, scientists say that these two traits appear to have evolved at the same time. University of Liverpool researchers have discovered that the same brain activity used for the production of language and is also required for complex tool making. To reach this conclusion, the...

Scientists Grow Mini Brain In Lab
2013-08-29 10:58:22

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the ongoing quest to better understand the human brain, scientists from the Austrian Academy of Sciences have been growing their own mini brains. These small collections of tissue aren’t capable of thought and are much smaller than a fully developed brain, but scientists say they’re still very valuable research tools. The brain matter began life as stem cells suspended in gel, which were then submerged into a solution of...