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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...

2009-08-28 10:09:51

Our vocabulary continues to grow and expand even in adulthood. Just ten years ago, the word 'blog' did not yet exist "“ and now we no longer remember when we heard this word for the first time or when we learned its meaning. At some stage new words become just as familiar to us as words we have learned earlier. One of the areas of interest in the Academy of Finland's Neuroscience Research Program (NEURO) is how the process of learning new words is reflected in the function of the...

2009-08-26 13:45:00

Researchers at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have found that rats use a mental instant replay of their actions to help them decide what to do next, shedding new light on how animals and humans learn and remember.The work will appear in the Aug. 27 issue of the journal Neuron."By understanding how thoughts and memories are structured, we can gain insight into how they might be disrupted in diseases and disorders of memory and thought such as Alzheimer's and schizophrenia,"...

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2009-08-21 13:35:00

Rui Costa, principal investigator of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Program at the Institute Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC), in Portugal, is one of only 219 recipients of the prestigious European Research Council Starting grants, out of 2503 applicants for the 2009 edition of this flagship award scheme. The grant, totaling close to 1.6 million Euro, for a period of five years, will allow Rui Costa's young research team to pursue their research into the neurological mechanisms underlying...

2009-08-13 13:24:43

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have succeeded for the first time in devising a model that describes and identifies a basic cellular mechanism that enables networks of neurons to efficiently decode speech in changing conditions.The research may lead to the upgrading of computer algorithms for faster and more precise speech recognition as well as to the development of innovative treatments for auditory problems among adults and young people.Our brain has the capability to...

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2009-07-22 13:45:00

"Practice makes perfect" is the maxim drummed into students struggling to learn a new motor skill "” be it riding a bike or developing a killer backhand in tennis. Stunning new research now reveals that the brain can also achieve this motor memory with a prosthetic device, providing hope that physically disabled people can one day master control of artificial limbs with greater ease.In this study, to be published July 21 in the open-access journal PLoS Biology, macaque monkeys using...

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2009-07-21 11:55:00

"Practice makes perfect" is the maxim drummed into students struggling to learn a new motor skill - be it riding a bike or developing a killer backhand in tennis. Stunning new research now reveals that the brain can also achieve this motor memory with a prosthetic device, providing hope that physically disabled people can one day master control of artificial limbs with greater ease.In this study, to be published July 21 in the open-access journal PLoS Biology, macaque monkeys using brain...

2009-07-21 08:18:09

Michael Frank, of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, has determined that variations of three different genes in the brain can predict whether individuals will make certain choices. His work,  in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Arizona, will be published in the August 2009 edition of Nature Neuroscience. Researchers at Brown University and the University of Arizona have determined that variations of three different genes in the brain (called single-nucleotide...

2009-07-21 08:00:51

"Practice makes perfect" is the maxim drummed into students struggling to acquire a new motor skill -- be it riding a bike or developing a killer tennis backhand. Research now reveals that the brain can also achieve this motor memory with a prosthetic device "“ like an artificial limb. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, sought to determine whether the brain could establish a stable, neural map of a motor task to make control of an artificial limb more intuitive. "When...

2009-07-17 08:11:52

A new study that investigates regions in the brains that are specifically used for social cognition could benefit children with autism. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Yale University scanned the brains of 13 children ages 6 to 11 as they listened to stories. At the moment the plot of the stories, revealing what the character wanted, believed or knew, the researchers observed increased activity in these specific brain regions. When the story turned to other...


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