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2012-11-02 14:33:03

UC Santa Barbara has reported an important discovery in the interdisciplinary study of split-brain research. The findings uncover dynamic changes in brain coordination patterns between left and right hemispheres. Split-brain research has been conducted for decades, and scientists have long ago shown that language processing is largely located in the left side of the brain. When words appear only in the left visual field —— an area processed by the right side of the brain...

Mouse Brain Analyzed Under The Electron Microscope
2012-10-23 10:16:46

What happens in the brain when we see, hear, think and remember? To be able to answer questions like this, neuroscientists need information about how the millions of neurons in the brain are connected to each other. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg have taken a crucial step towards obtaining a complete circuit diagram of the brain of the mouse, a key model organism for the neurosciences. The research group working with Winfried Denk has developed a...

Scientists Map Brain White-Matter
2012-10-19 13:13:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A team of scientists has built the first roadmap of the white-matter microstructure in the human brain. The project, called CONNECT, was drawn up from leading research centers in the countries across Europe. Investigators met in Paris on Friday after three years of research to announce the conclusion of the project and present a paper on the findings. The new atlas of the white-matter microstructure combines...

2012-10-17 14:12:44

-A new study examined what brain volume recovery may take place during the first 14 days of abstinence from alcohol. -Findings indicate that recovery of cerebral gray matter volume can begin for alcoholic patients after only a few days of detoxification. -Recovery may vary among brain regions. Chronic alcohol abuse can severely damage the nervous system, particularly cognitive functions, cerebral metabolism, and brain morphology. Building upon previous findings that alcoholics can...

Evolution Is A Matter Of Brawn Vs Brain
2012-10-16 06:07:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Brain size relevant to body size has been the most common measurement of intelligence in animals, but it may not be as dependent on evolutionary selection of the brain as was previously thought. This is according to a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A generation of scientists has used brain size relative to body size to predict an animal's intelligence. An example is the human...

2012-09-27 00:00:21

An Evolutionary Biologist at The University of Manchester, working with scientists in the United States, has found compelling evidence that parts of the brain can evolve independently from each other. It's hoped the findings will significantly advance our understanding of the brain. The unique 15 year study with researchers at the University of Tennessee and Harvard Medical School also identified several genetic loci that control the size of different brain parts. The aim of the...

Human Brain Growth Outpaces Chimps In Womb
2012-09-25 13:07:57

Watch the Video April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Onlin A new study from Kyoto University shows that human's superior brain size in comparison to chimpanzees can be traced back to the womb. Appearing in the September 25 issue of Current Biology, the study is the first to track and compare brain growth in chimp and human fetuses. "Nobody knew how early these differences between human and chimp brains emerged," said Satoshi Hirata of Kyoto University. Hirata's research...

New Human Brain Atlas Based on Gene Expression
2012-09-20 09:33:54

April Flowers for  redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team from the Allen Institute for Brain Science reports that human brains share a consistent genetic blueprint and possess enormous biochemical complexity. The findings, published in Nature, stem from the first in-depth and large-scale analysis of the vast data set publicly available in the Allen Human Brain Atlas. The Allen Human Brain Atlas fully integrates different kinds of data across different scales of brain...

Emotiv - Hacking The Human Brain
2012-08-27 09:45:58

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Our minds are often the most secure place we can go to think thoughts otherwise unspeakable to human ears. We may not agree with every thought we have and might even be ashamed by many of them, yet there they are, striking the core of our minds like lightning; quick and unpredictable. As such, it could be quite embarrassing and frightening to know someone not only has access to our brains, but knows what we´re thinking....

Self-awareness In Humans Is More Intricate Than Previously Thought
2012-08-23 07:18:36

Ancient Greek philosophers considered the ability to "know thyself" as the pinnacle of humanity. Now, thousands of years later, neuroscientists are trying to decipher precisely how the human brain constructs our sense of self. Self-awareness is defined as being aware of oneself, including one's traits, feelings, and behaviors. Neuroscientists have believed that three brain regions are critical for self-awareness: the insular cortex, the anterior cingulate cortex, and the medial prefrontal...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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