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May 30, 2015

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May 30, 2015

'Pain Sensing' Gene Discovery Could Help in Development of New Methods of Pain Relief

May 25, 2015 — A gene essential to the production of pain-sensing neurons in humans has been identified by an international team of researchers. The discovery could have implications for the development of new ... read more

Anti-Stroke Drug Effective Treatment for Middle-Ear Infections, Researchers Say

May 21, 2015 — An existing anti-stroke drug is an effective treatment for middle-ear infections, showing the ability to suppress mucus overproduction, improve bacterial clearance and reduce hearing loss, according ... read more

From Reverberating Chaos to Concert Halls, 'Good Acoustics' Is Culturally Subjective

May 22, 2015 — Play a flute in Carnegie Hall, and the tone will resonate and fill the space. Play that same flute in the Grand Canyon, and the sound waves will crash against the rock walls, folding back in sonic ... read more

May 21, 2015 — New research suggests that the apparent simplicity of tactile sensation comes from a clever two-stage brain circuit. By manipulating this circuit with light-driven optical genetic tools, researchers ... read more

Depressed People May Have Difficulty Following Emotional Speech

May 22, 2015 — Psychoacoustics identifies five basic types of emotional speech: angry, fearful, happy, sad and neutral. In order to fully understand what's happening with speech perception, a research team ... read more

May 21, 2015 — TV food commercials disproportionately stimulate the brains of overweight teenagers, including the regions that control pleasure, taste and -- most surprisingly -- the mouth, suggesting they mentally ... read more

Experts Map Surgical Approaches for Auditory Brainstem Implantation

May 21, 2015 — A technique called auditory brainstem implantation can restore hearing for patients who can't benefit from cochlear implants. A team of experts has mapped out the surgical anatomy and approaches ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Face perception plays an important role in social communication. There have been many studies of face perception in human using non-invasive neuroimaging and electrophysiological methods, but studies ... read more

May 20, 2015 — The skin of the California two-spot octopus can sense light even without input from the central nervous system. The animal does so by using the same family of light-sensitive proteins called opsins ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Across the animal world, many species use communication signals, including mating calls by males, but conspicuous calling can be risky because eavesdropping predators use these calls to find prey. A ... read more

May 19, 2015 — As social creatures, we tend to mimic each other's posture, laughter, and other behaviors, including how we speak. Now a new study shows that people with similar views tend to more closely ... read more

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

May 19, 2015 — Researchers suggest that the portion of the brain devoted to hearing can become reorganized even with early-stage hearing loss, and may play a role in cognitive decline. They have applied fundamental ... 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 — An area of the brain that is sensitive to the timing of speech has been discovered by researchers. The new study advances our understanding of how humans make sense of spoken ... 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

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