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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...

2009-06-16 10:02:00

Lumosity.com, the leader in cognitive training and educational games, brings the first brain training game to the new Palm Pre phone. SAN FRANCISCO, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Lumosity.com announced the launch of Speed Brain, a brain fitness game that helps users quickly understand information and react to it, for the new Palm(R) Pre(TM) phone. "We're excited to launch the first brain training game on webOS(TM)," said Kunal Sarkar, CEO of Lumos Labs. "We've been working with Palm over the...

2009-06-15 16:20:00

The human brain is a three-pound paradox: We use it every moment of our lives, yet so much about our brains remains a mystery to us. How do our brains make decisions? Why is it so easy to remember the words to our favorite childhood song, but we forget important passwords? Can someone really read your thoughts?Four leading neuroscientists and psychologists discussed these and other brain research questions at a forum held at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia last winter. More than 15...

2009-05-06 08:10:50

Estrogen Found to Work Within Neurons to Facilitate Hearing and Memory Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered that the hormone estrogen plays a pivotal role in how the brain processes sounds. The findings, published in yesterday's issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, show for the first time that a sex hormone can directly affect auditory function, and point toward the possibility that estrogen controls other types of sensory processing as well. Understanding how estrogen...

2009-03-16 09:00:00

NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Right on time for Brain Awareness Week beginning today, The Conference Board, the global business research and membership organization, and the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives announced the launch of YourBrainatWork.org, a new, publicly accessible, interactive, online tool which promotes brain-healthy activities for employees of all ages. "Keeping up with the latest in ever-improving technologies and ever-evolving workplaces requires that people learn...

2009-02-16 14:56:19

Ever wonder why people who lose at the poker table don't stop gambling? New research on how the brain works explains why "almost winning" drives someone to gamble even more.  Past studies have shown that near misses, like two cherries on a slot machine or a chance to throw the dice, promote gambling tendencies, but little is known about the brain mechanisms involved. "We devised a series of experiments to elicit near-miss and control phenomena in the laboratory and used functional...

2009-01-28 05:00:00

BERKELEY, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- NeuroFocus, the world leader in the rapidly-growing field of neuromarketing, announced today that it has named preeminent cognitive neuroscientist John Polich, Ph.D., as its Director of Global NeuroLab Operations. The company made this selection as it ramps up the rollout of NeuroLabs in the U.S. and targets expansion in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Korea, India, and China as well. NeuroLabs are stand-alone...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'