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February 7, 2016

Jan. 28, 2016 — Two secrets of one of the brain's most enigmatic regions have finally been revealed. In a pair of studies, scientists have discovered a specific neural circuit that controls walking, and they ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Ultrasonic sensors, batteries, and pressure pads are parts of the novel system that can be put on the head like a hat or headband. Decreasing or increasing pressure provides the person wearing the ... read more

Wearing Glasses Improves Reading Fluency for Kids With 'High' Astigmatism

Jan. 27, 2016 — For children with severe astigmatism, wearing glasses to correct blurred vision can significantly improve accurate reading speed, reports a new study. Astigmatism is a common condition causing ... read more

Stress Inhibits Spatial Perception

Jan. 27, 2016 — Neuroscientists have investigated the effects of stress on the perception of scenes and faces. In a behavioral study, they compared the results of stressed participants with those of an unstressed ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — A study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has shown that uncorrected farsightedness (hyperopia) in preschool children is associated with ... read more

Study Details Source of Mental Problems Associated With MS

Jan. 26, 2016 — A study sheds new light on multiple sclerosis, specifically damage in the brain caused by the disease that may explain the slow and continuous cognitive decline that many patients experience. The ... read more

Brain’s Wiring Connected to Sensory Processing Disorder

Jan. 26, 2016 — Researchers have found that boys and girls with sensory processing disorder (SPD) have altered pathways for brain connectivity when compared to typically developing children, and the difference ... read more

Why Mistakes Slow Us Down, but Not Necessarily for the Better

Jan. 21, 2016 — Taking more time to make decisions after a mistake arises from a mixture of adaptive neural mechanisms that improve the accuracy and maladaptive mechanisms that reduce it, neuroscientists have found. ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — A new study sheds light on how the brain fills in the gaps of how we visually perceive the world around ... read more

Testosterone Influences Regulation of Emotions in Psychopath's Brain

Jan. 21, 2016 — Psychopaths exhibit reduced control over their emotional actions, brain research has demonstrated. Researchers have now discovered that the quantity of testosterone a person produces influences the ... read more

Research on Worms Reveals How the Brain Compensates for Sensory Loss and Points to Its Early Evolutionary Roots

Jan. 20, 2016 — A new study has revealed that the brain’s compensatory mechanism (known as cross-modal plasticity) -- when some senses are enhanced following the loss of other sensory input -- is a basic feature ... read more

Soldiers With PTSD More 'Tuned' to Angry Faces Because of Over-Connected Brain Circuits

Jan. 20, 2016 — Soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more 'tuned' to perceive threatening facial expressions than people without PTSD because of more over-connected brain circuits, ... read more

Jan. 19, 2016 — The first direct evidence showing how the vestibular system's horizontal canals play a key role in sensing our direction in the environment has been uncovered by ... read more

Can You Trust Your Gut on a Crowd's Mood?

Jan. 19, 2016 — There is good news for frequent public speakers. New research shows that individuals have the ability to quickly and accurately identify a crowd's general emotion as focused or distracted, ... read more

Heightened Ability to Imagine Odors Linked to Higher Body Weight

Jan. 18, 2016 — The ability to vividly imagine the smell of popcorn, freshly baked cookies and even non-food odors is greater in obese adults, new research suggests. Vivid mental imagery is a key factor in ... read more

Jan. 18, 2016 — It takes just one-tenth of a second for our brains to begin to recognize emotions conveyed by vocalizations. It doesn't matter whether the non-verbal sounds are growls of anger, the laughter of ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — Using optogenetics and other technology, researchers have for the first time precisely manipulated the bursting activity of cells in the brain's thalamus, tying the alerting behavior to the ... read more

Scientists Get Mice to Pay Attention by Manipulating Neurons in Brain

Jan. 14, 2016 — Researchers have identified for the first time a cell type in the brain of mice that is integral to attention. By manipulating the activity of this cell type, the scientists were able to enhance ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — Neuroscientists have discovered how the brain compresses memories of say, a trip to the grocery store or an entire episode of a TV show, into just a few seconds. This compression also works forward ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — Dogs can recognize emotions in humans by combining information from different senses -- an ability that has never previously been observed outside of humans, a new study published today ... read more

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