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2013-03-28 23:02:01

Identifying the neural code could greatly increase the chances those projects could succeed in all their stated goals Greenville, SC (PRWEB) March 28, 2013 Clinical psychologist Dr. Robert A. Moss and three graduate students have just published an article supporting the cortical column as the binary unit (bit) involved in all cortical processing and memory storage. The physiological definition of memory involves the connections among columns which serve as the neural circuits. It is...

Human Cognitive Development Research Gets A Boost From Pig Brain Models
2013-03-15 05:59:00

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On February 12, President Obama unveiled an ambitious project intended to map out the activity of the human brain that will be undertaken on the same size and scope as the hugely successful Human Genome Project undertaken in the 1990s. Researchers from the University of Illinois have offered the results of a recent study which may play a role in helping to lay the groundwork for this future endeavor into exactly how the human brain...

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...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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