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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...

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...

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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...

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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...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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