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Brain's Visual Cortex Activates For Reward Even When Stimulus Is Removed
2013-03-22 12:15:13

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international collaborative study, conducted by researchers at both KU Leuven and the Harvard Medical School, has attempted to recreate Ivan Pavlov´s famous experiment, but with a twist. Pavlov, you may know, was famous for conducting a study where a stimulus was introduced and the reward for that stimulus was slowly removed, with the aim of observing whether or not a physiological response would continue to be registered...

Evolution Gave Humans Unique Brain Structures Over Primates
2013-02-24 06:04:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered a pair of functional networks in the human cerebral cortex that are not present in the brains of rhesus macaque monkeys, leading them to theorize that the networks were added during the evolution from ancient primates to the modern day homo sapiens. The networks were discovered by a team of researchers led by neurophysiologist Wim Vanduffel of University of Leuven and Harvard Medical School (HMS), who...

Monkey Brains And Mind Control
2012-07-29 06:45:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have for the first time shown that they can control the behavior of monkeys by using pulses of blue light to very specific brain cells. This is an advance for optogenetics, a state-of-the-art method for making slight connectivity between brain activity and behavior. According to the researchers, similar light-based mind control could likely also be made to work in humans for therapeutic needs and care. "We are the...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.