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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...

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2013-08-28 04:41:57

[ Watch the Video: Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans: A Pilot Study ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Using electrical brain recordings and a type of magnetic stimulation, a University of Washington researcher was reportedly able to transmit a brain signal through the Internet and control the hand motions of a colleague. In what is being hailed as the first noninvasive person-to-person brain interface, computer science and engineering professor...

Virtual Brain Capable Of Daydreaming Just As Humans Do
2013-07-13 07:55:26

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of international researchers, led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has created a virtual model of the brain capable of daydreaming like humans do. The computer model is based on the dynamics of brain cells and the many connections those cells make with their neighbors and cells in other brain regions. The team hopes their model will help further understanding of why certain portions of the brain work...

3-D Roadmap Of The Human Brain
2013-06-21 06:05:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers in Germany and Canada have created a spectacular 3-D digital reconstruction of a complete human brain that reveals unprecedented detail. The map, dubbed the BigBrain, has a spatial resolution just 20 microns "smaller than the size of one fine strand of hair" and represents the first time that human brain anatomy has been shown in such ultra-high resolution. Until recently, reference brains did not show much beyond...

Fiber-optic Pen Used To See Inside Brains Of Children With Learning Disabilities
2013-06-18 13:09:41

University of Washington For less than $100, University of Washington researchers have designed a computer-interfaced drawing pad that helps scientists see inside the brains of children with learning disabilities while they read and write. The device and research using it to study the brain patterns of children will be presented June 18 at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping meeting in Seattle. A paper describing the tool, developed by the UW´s Center on Human Development and...

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Patients To Control Robotic Limbs
2013-06-12 09:56:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Electrodes placed on or inside the brain allow patients to interact with computers or control robotic limbs by merely thinking about how to execute those actions, University of Washington researchers reported on Tuesday. The technology could improve the quality of life for people who are paralyzed or lack the ability to speak due to stroke or neurodegenerative disease by allowing them to control a robotic arm or a prosthetic limb...

Study Shows Where Scene Context Happens In Our Brain
2013-05-21 13:17:48

University of California - Santa Barbara In a remote fishing community in Venezuela, a lone fisherman sits on a cliff overlooking the southern Caribbean Sea. This man —— the lookout —— is responsible for directing his comrades on the water, who are too close to their target to detect their next catch. Using abilities honed by years of scanning the water's surface, he can tell by shadows, ripples, and even the behavior of seabirds, where the fish are schooling, and...

Brain Trauma Diagnostics Transformed Using Wireless Signals
2013-05-15 08:15:36

University of California, Berkeley New technology developed at the University of California, Berkeley, is using wireless signals to provide real-time, non-invasive diagnoses of brain swelling or bleeding. The device analyzes data from low energy electromagnetic waves that are similar to those used to transmit radio and mobile signals. The technology, described in the May 14 issue of the journal PLOS ONE, could potentially become a cost-effective tool for medical diagnostics and to...


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