Year: 2016

Brain pattern predicts how fast an adult learns a new language

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Some adults learn a second language better than others, and their secret may lie in their brain activity.
New findings by scientists at the University of Washington demonstrate that a five-minute measurement of resting-state brain activity predicted how quickly adults learned a second language. (more…)

Watching the brain in action

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Watching millions of neurons in the brain interacting with each other is the ultimate dream of neuroscientists! A new imaging method now makes it possible to observe the activation of large neural circuits, currently up to the size of a small-animal brain, in real time and three dimensions. (more…)

The emotion centre is the oldest part of the human brain

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"Somebody woke up on the wrong side of bed this morning." You know that comment; the one that rarely makes you feel any more gracious towards the world (or the person saying it). At other times you might feel particularly gracious and sunny, for no reason at all. (more…)

BrainScope Ahead 300 Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment Device FDA Cleared

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BrainScope, a Bethesda, Maryland firm that’s been working with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop technology for assessing traumatic brain injuries (TBI), just won FDA clearance for its latest device, the Ahead 300. This the first of the company’s products that will actually be distributed commercially and it’s touted as their most advanced version. (more…)

Health Check: four key ways to improve your brain health

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The human brain is the most extraordinary and complex object in the known universe, a kilogram and a half of soft tissue that, at its peak, leaves computers behind with its endless capacity for problem solving, innovation and invention. (more…)

Calcium Waves in Brain Alleviate Depressive Behavior

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Researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have discovered that the benefits of stimulating the brain with direct current come from its effects on astrocytes, not neurons, in the mouse brain. (more…)