Dec 09, 2013
The number and frequency of cut-and-paste errors in DNA is higher in the brains of people with dementia and some mental disorders, but it’s not yet clear if that is a cause, effect, or neither.
Dec 02, 2013
High-schoolers who had only two years of music training got faster and did better at understanding speech in noise than peers who took a ROTC course instead. These skills are important for reading as well as understanding spoken language.
Nov 26, 2013
People who studied music as children—and stopped when they were children—performed better at some hearing tasks decades later than those who never studied music.
Nov 21, 2013
A compound built from skin cells of people with an inherited form of the disease appears to stem the growth of mutant proteins.
Nov 14, 2013
Two major initiatives aim to find anatomical or physiological changes that could lead to earlier detection and potential treatment.
Nov 12, 2013
Neuroscience has been revealing a multitude of interconnected sensory pathways.
Oct 30, 2013
The philosopher-scientist has punctured quite a few of the sacred tenets of her fields. Churchland will be among the presenters at the International Neuroethics Society’s annual meeting, in San Diego on Nov. 7.
Oct 28, 2013
Researchers gather in Houston to share progress in identifying the stages that lead to the disease.
Oct 23, 2013
Recent neurobiological research has shown that glossolalia may be a more directed activity than previously believed, and may play a direct role in defusing stress reactions.
Oct 21, 2013
A series of small studies suggests low mood may affect a range of senses.
Oct 15, 2013
Even without a disease such as Alzheimer’s, the aging brain does show signs of wear. Researchers look to the molecular level to see if they can slow the ‘normal’ progress.
Oct 10, 2013
We’ve heard a lot lately about brain-to-machine communication, and now there are first steps toward brain-to-brain communication. How do we prevent news of incremental discoveries from transporting our imaginations way too far?
Oct 07, 2013
We spend roughly a third of our life asleep, a state of quiescence associated with a reduced ability to respond to external stimuli. It is this second feature that crucially distinguishes sleep from quiet wake. When we sleep we are “offline”, while when we lay on a sofa watching television, for instance, our muscles rest, but our brain remains fully connected with the external world.
Sep 19, 2013
It’s complicated, addiction researchers say, but they’ve started to find connections among the brain’s glutaminergic learning circuitry and its dopamine-fueled motivation system, illustrating how cocaine harnesses the brain’s plasticity, strengthens specific learning circuits, and leads to addiction.
Sep 12, 2013
Using three types of brain scanning, researchers pinpoint the brainwave frequencies and brain regions associated with learning a finger tapping sequence.
Sep 10, 2013
A series of recent studies has found that by directing attention systematically, repeatedly, and over time, people who meditate appear to effect changes in brain function and connectivity comparable to those associated with fMRI neurofeedback and consistent with observed behavioral benefits. Some investigators describe structural changes as well.
Aug 13, 2013
Building on the work of pioneers like Patricia Goldman-Rakic, researchers find a nicotinic receptor might play a vital role in our highest forms of reasoning.
Jul 29, 2013
Patterns of activation increase, and as the skill is learned, decrease in much the same way if people are learning to manipulate their fingers or manupulate a cursor on a screen, according to recent research.
Jul 23, 2013
Researchers are combining real-time brain imaging with operant conditioning.