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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...

2009-12-03 13:47:42

Combining screening techniques from molecular biology with high-performance gaming hardware advances the building and understanding of visual systems Taking inspiration from genetic screening techniques, researchers from Harvard and MIT have demonstrated a way to build better artificial visual systems with the help of low-cost, high-performance gaming hardware. The neural processing involved in visually recognizing even the simplest object in a natural environment is profound"”and...

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2009-11-19 10:50:00

Search engine use is not just part of our daily routines; it is also becoming part of our learning process, according to Penn State researchers. The researchers sought to discover the cognitive processes underlying searching. They examined the search habits of 72 participants while conducting a total of 426 searching tasks. They found that search engines are primarily used for fact checking users' own internal knowledge, meaning that they are part of the learning process rather than simply a...

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2009-11-17 09:28:06

Music appreciation could help children with language-based learning disabilities The Journal of Neuroscience reports this week that musicians are better than non-musicians at recognizing speech in noisy environments.  The finding from a study conducted by neurobiologists at Northwestern University in Chicago is the first biological evidence that musicians' have a perceptual advantage for "speech-in-noise." When tested against non-musicians, musicians demonstrated faster neural timing,...

2009-10-19 12:39:19

Research presented today at Neuroscience 2009, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and the world's largest source of emerging news about brain science and health, provides a better understanding of the brain, nervous system, and related disorders. Specific research released today shows:     * The benefits of exercise on both the brain and body, and, more specifically, underscores the positive influence of regular physical activity on Parkinson's disease,...

2009-10-12 15:25:00

Culture is more important than genes to altruistic behavior in large-scale societies Socially learned behavior and belief are much better candidates than genetics to explain the self-sacrificing behavior we see among strangers in societies, from soldiers to blood donors to those who contribute to food banks. This is the conclusion of a study by Adrian V. Bell and colleagues from the University of California Davis in the Oct. 12 edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....

2009-10-02 15:06:52

Researchers Model Key Part of Neurons The human brain has evolved over millions of years to become a vast network of billions of neurons and synaptic connections. Understanding it is one of humankind's greatest pursuits. But to understand how the brain processes information, researchers must first understand the very basics of neurons "” even down to how proteins inside the neurons act to change the neuron's voltage. To do so requires a balance of experimentation and computer modeling...

2009-09-01 07:00:00

Study is one of the first to investigate the effects of practice in the brain using two imaging techniques ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers at the Mind Research Network today announced the findings of a scientific study that used brain imaging and Tetris to investigate whether practice makes the brain efficient because it increases gray matter. Over a three-month period, adolescent girls practiced Tetris, a computer game requiring a combination of...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • 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.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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