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October 8, 2015

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October 8, 2015

Pauses Can Make or Break a Conversation

Sep. 30, 2015 — Long pauses can make speech difficult to understand, but short pauses can be highly beneficial, according to linguistics ... read more

Brain Activity Map Reveals How Infant Vision Develops

Sep. 29, 2015 — Visual functions start to develop soon after birth and continue maturing over time as infants gain experience with the world. However, direct evidence of how this maturation process unfolds in the ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — A spoken language is more than just words and sounds. Speakers use changes in pitch and rhythm, known as prosody, to provide emphasis, show emotion, and otherwise add meaning to what they say. In a ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — Monkeys perceive visual illusions in the same way great apes and humans see them, according to ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — Scientists have found that neurons in the monkey visual cortical area V4*1, one of the areas in the visual cortex, calculate the size of an object based on information on its retinal image size and ... read more

Sep. 25, 2015 — Research into human fossils dating back to approximately two million years ago reveals that the hearing pattern resembles chimpanzees, but with some slight differences in the direction of ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Researchers have succeeded in mapping the genetic signature of a unique group of stem cells in the human brain that seem to generate most of the neurons in our massive cerebral ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Researchers used a brain-to-brain interface they developed to allow pairs of participants to play a '20 question' style game by transmitting signals from one brain to another over the ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — When faced with a change to our environment, we have to make appropriate decisions, which usually involves the orbitofrontal cortex. Yet unexpectedly, scientists have discovered that a brain region ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Tinnitus and chronic pain have more in common than their ability to afflict millions with the very real experience of 'phantom' sensations. Homing in on their structural and functional ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Evidence from experiments reported in a new study show that a specific region of the brain appears essential for resolving the uncertainty that can build up as we progress through an everyday ... read more

Early Testing Can Predict Stroke Patients Who Will Develop Upper Limb Spasticity

Sep. 23, 2015 — Many stroke patients suffer from spasticity of the arm that cause pain and impaired sensorimotor function. But there are ways of identifying such patients ahead of time so that they can obtain the ... read more

Researchers Identify Possible Physiological Cause of Brain Deficits With Aging

Sep. 22, 2015 — Like scratchy-sounding old radio dials that interfere with reception, circuits in the brain that grow noisier over time may be responsible for ways in which we slow mentally as we grow old, according ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Most people can't tell their toes apart without looking. Some healthy people can 'lose' a toe if their eyes are closed. While most of us would assume we've got a pretty good idea ... read more

Benefits of Word Repetition to Infants

Sep. 21, 2015 —  New research suggests that young infants benefit from hearing words repeated by their parents. With this knowledge, parents may make conscious communication choices that could pay off in their ... read more

How the Brain Can Stop Action on a Dime

Sep. 17, 2015 — Scientists have identified the precise nerve cells that allow the brain to make a split-second change of course, like jamming on the ... read more

Not All Rhythmic Skills Are Related, Which May Have Implications for Language Ability

Sep. 16, 2015 — Tapping to a beat and remembering rhythms may not be related skills, which may also have implications for language ... read more

Sep. 14, 2015 — A part of the brain lost from scientific literature for over a century may be responsible for a key component of perceptionm according to a new study from the neuroscientist who was part of the team ... read more

Sep. 11, 2015 — Delay mechanism within elegant brain circuit consisting of just five neurons means female crickets can automatically detect chirps of males from same species. Scientists say this example of simple ... read more

Sep. 10, 2015 — Male mice belt out love songs to females during courtship. What scientists didn't know until now is female mice sing back. Using a sophisticated array of microphones and a sound chamber he ... read more

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