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July 1, 2015

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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

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

Youth on the Autism Spectrum Overly Sensitive to Sensory Stimuli Have Brains That React Differently

June 10, 2015 — Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, a team of researchers has shown for the first time that children with autism spectrum disorder who are overly sensitive to sensory stimuli have brains ... read more

Syllables That Oscillate in Neuronal Circuits

June 10, 2015 — Speech, emitted or received, produces an electrical activity in neurons that neuroscientists measure in the form of "cortical oscillations." To understand speech, as for other cognitive or ... read more

How Your Brain Is Telling You to Vote

June 8, 2015 — A new study has cast some light on the brain mechanisms that support people's voting decisions. The new study provides the first evidence that the lateral orbitofrontal cortex is critical for ... read more

Buyers and Sellers: Choose Your Own Price!

June 8, 2015 — In certain situations, the seller gets a better deal if she or he allows customers to decide what they want to pay for an item or a service, a new study carried out by economics and management ... read more

Personality Shapes the Way Our Brains React to Eye Contact

June 5, 2015 — Eye contact plays a crucial role when people initiate interaction with other people. If people look each other in the eye, they automatically send a signal that their attention is focused on the ... read more

June 4, 2015 — Everyday tasks we may regard as 'simple' -- for example, knowing the difference between the smell of an orange and a pickle -- are actually marvels of evolutionary development, the work of ... read more

June 4, 2015 — An American study in mice reveals that hormones that dictate a female's attraction towards males do so in part by controlling her sense of smell. The findings provide an example of how hormones ... read more

June 3, 2015 — Neural circuits in the brains of mice that are pivotal for movement and navigation in space have been identified. These nerve cells that are presumed to exist in a similar form in humans, give the ... read more

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