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May 24, 2015

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May 24, 2015

Natural Sounds Improve Mood and Productivity

May 19, 2015 — Playing natural sounds such as flowing water in offices could boosts worker moods and improve cognitive abilities in addition to providing speech privacy, according to a new ... read more

Stuttering Linked to Rhythm Perception Deficiency

May 19, 2015 — Stuttering may be more than a speech problem. For the first time, researchers have found that children who stutter have difficulty perceiving a beat in music-like rhythms, which could account for ... read more

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Enhance Cognitive Flexibility in at-Risk Older Adults

May 19, 2015 — A study of older adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease found that those who consumed more omega-3 fatty acids did better than their peers on tests of cognitive flexibility -- the ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Babytalk, which includes higher-pitched voices and a wider range of pitches, is sometimes known as "motherese," partly because most research on parent-child interactions has traditionally ... read more

May 18, 2015 — Researchers wanted to know whether the flexibility of the juvenile brain could be restored to the adult brain. Apparently, it can: They've successfully re-created a critical juvenile period in ... read more

Imagination Beats Practice in Boosting Visual Search Performance

May 18, 2015 — Practice may not make perfect, but visualization might. New research shows that people who imagined a visual target before having to pick it out of a group of distracting items were faster at finding ... read more

Accents: Hard to Understand, Harder to Remember?

May 18, 2015 — Studies have shown that individuals with hearing loss or who are listening to degraded speech – think of a loud room -- have greater difficulty remembering and processing the spoken information ... read more

May 14, 2015 — Scientists and engineers have made a breakthrough in cell transplantation using a gel-like biomaterial that keeps cells alive and helps them integrate better into tissue. In two early lab trials, ... read more

Three Perspectives on 'The Dress'

May 14, 2015 — When you look at this photograph, what colors are the dress? Some see blue and black stripes, others see white and gold stripes. This striking variation took the internet by storm in February; now ... read more

Every Bite You Take, Every Move You Make, Astrocytes Will Be Watching You

May 14, 2015 — Chewing, breathing, and other regular bodily functions that we undertake “without thinking” actually do require the involvement of our brain, but the question of how the brain programs such ... read more

May 13, 2015 — While examining how airplane noise affects the palate, food scientists found umami-rich foods become your taste bud's best ... read more

May 11, 2015 — A single molecule has been identified that controls the fate of mature sensory neurons, scientists report. By studying sensory neurons in mice, the team found that the malfunction of a single ... read more

May 13, 2015 — Smokers who are able to quit might actually be hard-wired for success. The study showed greater connectivity among certain brain regions in people who successfully quit smoking compared to those who ... read more

May 12, 2015 — A major breakthrough has been made that provides new insights into how tinnitus, and the often co-occurring hyperacusis, might develop and be sustained. Tinnitus is largely a mystery, a phantom sound ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Researchers have answered the longstanding question of how the brain balances hearing between our ears, which is essential for localizing sound, hearing in noisy conditions and for protection from ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Scientists have discovered that 6-month-old infants appear to be much more interested in listening to other babies than they are in listening to adults. The researchers believe that an attraction to ... read more

Toddlers Understand Sound They Make Influences Others, Research Shows

May 11, 2015 — Confirming what many parents already know, researchers have discovered that toddlers, especially those with siblings, understand how the sounds they make affect people around ... read more

For Children With Autism, Trips to the Dentist Just Got Easier

May 11, 2015 — Adjusting the environment of a dentist's office can make routine cleanings less stressful for children with autism, research shows. Children with autism spectrum disorders -- as well as some ... read more

Study Sheds New Light on Low-Light Vision, Could Aid People With Retinal Deficits

May 11, 2015 — Driving down a dimly lit road at midnight can tax even those with 20/20 vision, but according to a recent study, the brain processes the experience no differently than if it were noon. The same study ... read more

May 7, 2015 — A promising new therapeutic approach for hereditary blindness based on a technology termed 'optogenetics' is to introduce light-sensing proteins into these surviving retinal cells, turning ... read more

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