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2010-03-11 08:54:48

In one of the first such studies involving human patients with schizophrenia, researchers at UC Davis have provided evidence that deficits in a brain chemical may be responsible for some of the debilitating cognitive deficits "” poor attention, memory and problem-solving abilities "” that accompany the delusions and hallucinations that are the hallmarks of the disorder. The study, published online March 10 in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests an important avenue of inquiry for...

2010-03-09 08:00:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers at MIT are eagerly anticipating the summer delivery of Elekta Neuromag®, a system that uses magnetoencephalography or MEG to explore brain function. MEG can detect the very weak magnetic fields arising from electrical activity in the brain, and allows researchers to monitor the timing of brain activity with millisecond precision. MIT researchers will use MEG to study normal cognition in children and adults, as well as...

2010-02-08 16:16:50

The details surrounding the emergence and evolution of religion have not been clearly established and remain a source of much debate among scholars. Now, an article published by Cell Press in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences on February 8 brings a new understanding to this long-standing discussion by exploring the fascinating link between morality and religion. There is no doubt that spiritual experiences and religion, which are ubiquitous across cultures and time and associated...

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2010-01-28 09:21:57

How has the structure of scientific research changed over the past decade? A team of researchers from Umeå University, Sweden, and the University of Washington, USA, aims to answer this question and others in a study published on January 27th in the online, open-access journal PLoS ONE. Using new mathematical tools, the authors have revealed major shifts in the structure of scientific research in order to uncover structural changes in large, interconnected systems. To...

2010-01-20 14:36:09

WIREs Cognitive Science explores the rise of neurolaw What if a jury could decide a man's guilt through mind reading? What if reading a defendant's memory could betray their guilt? And what constitutes 'intent' to commit murder? These are just some of the issues debated and reviewed in the inaugural issue of WIREs Cognitive Science, the latest interdisciplinary project from Wiley-Blackwell, which for registered institutions will be free for the first two years. In the article "Neurolaw," in...

2010-01-14 12:55:48

Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have identified neurons in the songbird brain that convey the auditory feedback needed to learn a song. Their research lays the foundation for improving human speech, for example, in people whose auditory nerves are damaged and who must learn to speak without the benefit of hearing their own voices. "This work is the first study to identify an auditory feedback pathway in the brain that is harnessed for learned vocal control," said Richard Mooney,...

2010-01-11 13:12:07

Scientists call for integrating evolutionary perspectives into medical curricula The subtle but ongoing pressures of human evolution could explain the seeming rise of disorders such as autism, autoimmune diseases, and reproductive cancers, researchers write in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Certain adaptations that once benefited humans may now be helping such ailments persist in spite of "“ or perhaps because of "“ advancements in modern culture and...

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2010-01-08 08:46:56

Combination of advanced techniques in systems engineering, robotics and neuroscience shows promise Bioengineers have taken a small step toward improving physical recovery in stroke patients by showing that a key feature of how limb motion is encoded in the nervous system plays a crucial role in how new motor skills are learned. Published in the November 25, 2009 issue of Neuron, a Harvard-based study about the neural learning elements responsible for motor learning may help scientists design...

2009-12-09 07:00:00

BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- NeuroFocus, the world's leading neuromarketing company, announced that it has added two more members to its Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is comprised of globally recognized experts in neuroscience and business and provides NeuroFocus and its clients, many of whom rank among the Fortune 100 companies, with top-tier consultative resources. Dr. Hans-Jochen Heinze Dr. Heinze is a Director of the Leibniz Institute of Neurobiology Magdeburg,...

2009-12-03 14:07:15

Male and female shopping styles are in our genes"”and we can look to evolution for the reason. Daniel Kruger, research faculty at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, says it's perfectly natural that men often can't distinguish a sage sock from a beige sock or that sometimes women can't tell if the shoe department is due north or west from the escalator. From an evolutionary perspective, it all harkens back to the skills that women used for gathering plant foods and the...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.