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July 7, 2015

June 29, 2015 — The human retina contains some 100 million photoreceptor cells. When these are stimulated with light, they communicate that information to the brain and we perceive light. Researchers have now ... read more

Norepinephrine Aids Brain in Sorting Complex Auditory Signals

June 24, 2015 — The neuromodulator norepinephrine has an unexpected, direct action on auditory processing of complex signals, specifically bird songs in the zebra finch, new research ... read more

June 24, 2015 — Scientists have uncovered key structural differences in parrot brains that may help explain why this group of bird species can mimic speech and songs so well. These brain structures went unrecognized ... read more

How Our Brains Can Form First Impressions Quickly

June 24, 2015 — A study of how people can quickly spot animals by sight is helping uncover the workings of the human brain. Researchers found that one of the first parts of the brain to process visual information -- ... read more

Color Memory Influenced by Categories, According to New Research

June 23, 2015 — While color perception universally involves the practice of categorizing colors according to basic labels, concludes a new study that investigated the influence of categorization on color ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Our brains track moving objects by applying one of the algorithms your phone's GPS uses, according to researchers. This same algorithm also explains why we are fooled by several motion-related ... read more

June 22, 2015 — In 1999 Danish scientist Per Bak made the startling proposal that the brain remained stable for much the same reason a sand pile does; many small avalanches hold it at a balance point, where -- in ... read more

June 22, 2015 — The contrast between lip and skin color can quickly identify a person's gender, according to new research. The brain also analyzes light reflection in the eye area, which provides much ... read more

June 22, 2015 — More than 20 per cent of people with hearing aids use their devices for less than one hour a day because of problems they encounter with tuning the settings. But now users can participate in ... read more

June 18, 2015 — Auditory melodies can enhance a musician's visual awareness of written music, particularly when the two match, a new experiment shows. That is the conclusion of the latest scientific experiment ... read more

June 18, 2015 — We can alter our facial features in ways that make us look more trustworthy, but don't have the same ability to appear more competent, a team of psychology researchers has ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Like homing pigeons, humans have a nose for navigation because our brains are wired to convert smells into spatial information, according to new ... read more

Understanding How Animals Make Sense of the Auditory World

June 17, 2015 — Sit down with a friend in a quiet restaurant and begin talking, just before the dinner crowd’s arrival. Business is slow at first, but picks up quickly, just like the sound level. Discussions are ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Traffic lights, neon-lit advertisements, a jungle of road signs: when learning to drive, it is often very difficult to distinguish between important and irrelevant information. How the brain learns ... read more

June 16, 2015 — Neuroscientists have refined a map showing which parts of the brain are activated during head rotation, resolving a decades-old puzzle. Their findings may help in the study of movement disorders ... read more

June 16, 2015 — Studying mice, scientists have identified a neural circuit in the retina that carries signals enabling the eye to detect movement. The finding could help in efforts to build artificial retinas for ... read more

Clear, Strong Stimulation May Help Prevent Apathy for Persons With Dementia

June 11, 2015 — Nursing home residents with dementia are less likely to be apathetic if they live in an appropriately stimulating environment, according to nursing researchers. Apathy is one of the most common ... read more

June 11, 2015 — People with autism are often described as 'seeing the world differently.' They tend to show superior perception for details, like, for example, the autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire's ... read more

June 11, 2015 — A series of immersive virtual reality experiments has confirmed that the human brain's internal navigation system works in the same fashion as the grid cell system recently found in other ... read more

Interactions Between Cortical, Subcortical Regions Important in Hypersensitivity in Autism

June 11, 2015 — A research team has identified an abnormally high synchrony between the sensory cortices involved in perception and subcortical regions relaying information from the sensory organs to the cortex. ... read more

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