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2013-03-13 18:01:25

The stick can work just as well as the carrot in improving our performance, a team of academics at The University of Nottingham has found. A study led by researchers from the University´s School of Psychology, published recently in the Journal of Neuroscience, has shown that punishment can act as a performance enhancer in a similar way to monetary reward. Dr Marios Philiastides, who led the work, said: “This work reveals important new information about how the brain functions...

2013-03-13 14:45:56

Men with low socioeconomic status at highest risk It is estimated that there are 10 million cases of traumatic brain injury globally every year with mild traumatic brain injuries being responsible for 70-90% of these. Incidence is highest among young males. Current literature suggests that mild traumatic brain injuries cause changes in brain tissues and have important long-term consequences on cognitive function. Deficits have been described in attention, memory, verbal learning and...

2013-03-08 00:47:24

New framework for brain communications offers insight into brain disease, says TAU researcher The transistors and wires that power our electronic devices need to be mounted on a base material known as a "motherboard." Our human brain is not so different – neurons, the cells that transmit electrical and chemical signals, are connected to one another through synapses, similar to transistors and wires, and they need a base material too. But the cells serving that function in the...

Bird Brains Can Tell Us A Lot About Human Behavior
2013-02-28 05:30:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online New research involving songbirds may help explain how the human brain is organized to govern skilled performance, a finding that could lead to new ways of understanding human speech production and other complex behaviors. The researchers found that whenever a bird sings, some of the neurons in its brain prepare to make the next sounds while others are synchronized with the current notes. This coordination of physical actions and...

Premature Babies Recognize Syllables Inside The Womb
2013-02-27 05:17:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Infants who are born up to three months premature are capable of recognizing different syllables in human speech patterns, according to new research published in the latest edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). According to Mark Prigg of the Daily Mail, the study discovered that the human brain is capable of discerning between different spoken sounds earlier than scientists had previously...

2013-02-19 10:07:52

New study reveals how control of brain blood flow develops with age A new study by Columbia Engineering researchers finds that the infant brain does not control its blood flow in the same way as the adult brain. The paper, which the scientists say could change the way researchers study brain development in infants and children, is published in the February 18 Early Online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). "The control of blood flow in the brain is very...

fMRI Used To Unravel The Brain's Vision Secrets
2013-02-04 04:59:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The areas of the human brain responsible for our perception of shape and orientation have been discovered by researchers from a pair of UK-based universities — a discovery which they call an important advance in the understanding of how our minds process visual information. Scientists from the University of York Department of Psychology and the University of Bradford School of Optometry & Vision Science used functional...

The Impact Of fMRI Over The Past 20 Years
2013-01-17 06:07:29

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study published in the January edition of the Perspectives of Psychological Science reveals the impact of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) over the last 20 years, and argues that there are some issues that remain unclear. To begin, fMRI has been used to evaluate real-time brain activity. The tool can determine changes in blood flow and help researchers better understand the human brain. Past studies at...

2013-01-16 22:12:53

Findings also illustrate how individuals can train their brains to handle injuries more efficiently For the first time, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging (CCBI) have used a new combination of neural imaging methods to discover exactly how the human brain adapts to injury. The research, published in Cerebral Cortex, shows that when one brain area loses functionality, a "back-up" team of secondary brain areas immediately activates, replacing not...

Guppy Study Reveals Costly Nature Of Having Big Brains
2013-01-04 12:00:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the most intelligent animals on the planet, we often wonder–how did we get so darn smart? While there are many hotly contested theories, a new study from researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden supports the notion that large, energy-expensive brains evolved in primates at the cost of other bodily functions, also known as the Expensive Tissue Theory. If bigger and better brains were always selected for, then every animal...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.