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How Sleep Helps Visual Task Learning
2013-11-11 07:31:12

Brown University As any indignant teacher would scold, students must be awake to learn. But what science is showing with increasing sophistication is how the brain uses sleep for learning as well. At the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego Nov. 10, 2013, Brown University researchers will discuss new research describing the neural mechanism by which the sleeping brain locks in learning of a visual task. The mounting evidence is that during sleep the brain employs...

2013-07-19 16:07:01

Researchers of the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering of ETH Zurich were able to measure the speed of neuronal signal conduction along segments of single axons in neuronal cultures by using a high-resolution electrical method. The bioengineers are now searching for plausible explanations for the large conduction speed variations. To write this little piece of text, the brain sends commands to arms and fingers to tap on the keyboard. Neuronal cells with their cable-like...

Synchronized Body Movements May Help In Human Social Bonding
2012-12-15 07:50:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have long observed that humans tend to synchronize their body movements with each other without consciously thinking about it. This commonly happens when you´re walking with a friend and you suddenly find that your footsteps are in sync, or when the applause of a large audience seems to miraculously fall into rhythm. The mechanisms behind this phenomenon and its significance for social interaction, however, have...

Brain Waves And The Neural Basis Of Consciousness
2012-11-22 07:00:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online How our brains encode thoughts, such as perceptions and memories, at the cellular level is one of the biggest puzzles in neuroscience today. One theory suggests that ensembles of neurons represent each unique piece of information. No one knows, however, just what these ensembles look like, or how they form. A new study, published in a recent issue of Neuron, sheds light on how neural ensembles form thoughts and support the...

Researchers Investigate The Listening Brain
2012-11-15 12:27:25

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Listening abilities depend on rhythms in the brain Naturally, our brain activity waxes and wanes. When listening, this oscillation synchronizes to the sounds we are hearing. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences have found that this influences the way we listen. Hearing abilities also oscillate and depend on the exact timing of one´s brain rhythms. This discovery that sound, brain, and behavior are so intimately...

2012-11-05 12:04:18

Brain's code for visual working memory deciphered in monkeys -- NIH-funded study The brain holds in mind what has just been seen by synchronizing brain waves in a working memory circuit, an animal study supported by the National Institutes of Health suggests. The more in-sync such electrical signals of neurons were in two key hubs of the circuit, the more those cells held the short-term memory of a just-seen object. Charles Gray, Ph.D., of Montana State University, Bozeman, a grantee of...

Human and monkey joining hands
2012-07-21 06:11:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Did you ever look at those zig zags on an electrical activity line and wonder what it meant?  Surely nothing useful could be extracted from such a confusing thing. However, over the last 30 years, it has been found that much information can be gleaned by deciphering this activity. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis, recently began decoding brain activity while monkeys reached and moved around an obstacle to...

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2012-07-06 21:43:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Robots are receiving a new pair of legs that are the most accurate to the human walking gait so far. Researchers have developed a set of robotic legs that they believe are the first to fully model walking in a biologically accurate manner. Reporting in the Journal of Neural Engineering, the team said they built the neural architecture, musculoskeletal architecture and sensory feedback that humans have into the robot legs. They...

2011-05-13 15:08:33

A single interneuron controls activity adaptively in 50,000 neurons, enabling consistently sparse codes for odors The brain is a coding machine: it translates physical inputs from the world into visual, olfactory, auditory, tactile perceptions via the mysterious language of its nerve cells and the networks which they form. Neural codes could in principle take many forms, but in regions forming bottlenecks for information flow (e.g., the optic nerve) or in areas important for memory, sparse...

2011-02-24 00:00:47

Highlights include: New hope for Parkinson's patients in finding new and better treatment plans, MRI used to measure resting state brain activity oscillations, the specific brain imaging technique used in this study should be a good, noninvasive approach for monitoring disease progression and evaluating new treatments. Ann Arbor, MI (Vocus/PRWEB) February 23, 2011 A non-invasive brain imaging technique gives new hope to patients with Parkinson's disease in finding new and better treatment...


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