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Written By: grant on April 17, 2014 No Comment

Science magazine turns on yet another way electromagnetism can alter the way we think and remember – by switching on vivid visual hallucinations:

A 22-year-old male was receiving deep brain stimulation to isolate where his daily seizures originated. His disorder appeared after he caught West Nile virus at the age of 10 and subsequently suffered from brain inflammation. His [...]

Written By: grant on March 7, 2014 No Comment

New Scientist has an amazing new therapy for patients in a vegetative state – using the same direct current-stimulation that increases creative “flow” to turn their brains back on all the way:

The team worked with 55 people who had experienced a traumatic brain injury or lack of oxygen to the brain and were in a minimally conscious or vegetative [...]

Written By: grant on March 3, 2014 No Comment

At least if we’re flies, it does. Nature has more on the laser beam that puts flies in the mood for love:

Optogenetics — triggering neurons with light — has been successful in mice but has not been pursued much in flies, says Barry Dickson, a neuroscientist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. [...]

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Written By: grant on February 12, 2014 No Comment

Nature explains the unusual effects that chloride ions can have on our developing brains, and what that means for a drug that seems to help autistic kids socialize:

The findings, reported today in Science, do not suggest that autism spectrum disorders can be prevented in children. But researchers not involved in the study say that they add support to [...]

Written By: grant on February 5, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily reveals the tricks that the present plays on our memories:

This the first study to show specifically how memory is faulty, and how it can insert things from the present into memories of the past when those memories are retrieved. The study shows the exact point in time when that incorrectly recalled information gets implanted into an [...]

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Written By: grant on January 14, 2014 No Comment

Washington Post has more on how a bit of literature can alter the structure of your brain:

“Stories shape our lives and in some cases help define a person,” says neuroscientist Gregory Berns, lead author of the study and the director of Emory University’s Center for Neuropolicy. “We want to understand how stories get into your brain, and what [...]

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Written By: grant on November 18, 2013 No Comment

University of Arizona brain researchers are using EEG machines to detect everyday invisible objects – the things your brain sees that it’s keeping from you:

“We were asking the question of whether the brain was processing the meaning of the objects that are on the outside of these silhouettes,” [doctoral candidate Jay] Sanguinetti said. “The specific question was, ‘Does [...]

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Written By: grant on October 29, 2013 No Comment

ScienceDaily keeps an eye out for creepy-crawlies with news that primate vision may have evolved *specifically* to identify snakes:

In a paper published Oct. 28 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, [Lynne] Isbell; Hisao Nishijo and Quan Van Le at Toyama University, Japan; and Rafael Maior and Carlos Tomaz at the University of Brasilia, Brazil; and [...]

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