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Brain Mysteries

Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder associated with dendritic spine loss in brain (10/31/2014)

Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder both appear to be associated with dendritic spine loss in the brain, suggesting the two distinct disorders may share common pathophysiological features. ...> Full Article


Falling asleep: Revealing the point of transition (10/31/2014)

How can we tell when someone has fallen asleep? To answer this question, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a new statistical method and behavioral task to track the dynamic process of falling asleep. ...> Full Article


Neural activity predicts the timing of spontaneous decisions (10/31/2014)

Researchers have discovered a new type of brain activity that underlies the timing of voluntary actions, allowing them to forecast when a spontaneous decision will occur more than a second in advance. 'Experiments like this have been used to argue that free will is an illusion, but we think that this interpretation is mistaken,' says Zachary Mainen, a neuroscientist at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, Portugal, who led the research, published on Sept. 28, 2014, in the journal Nature Neuroscience. ...> Full Article


What happens in our brain when we unlock a door? (10/31/2014)

What happens in our brain when we unlock a door?People who are unable to button up their jacket or who find it difficult to insert a key in lock suffer from a condition known as apraxia. This means that their motor skills have been impaired -- as a result of a stroke, for instance. Scientists in Munich have now discovered that there is a specific network in the brain for using tools. Their findings have been published in the Journal of Neuroscience. ...> Full Article


Pathological gambling is associated with altered opioid system in the brain: Reduced feeling of euphoria when compared to healthy volunteers (10/31/2014)

All humans have a natural opioid system in the brain. Now new research, presented at the ECNP Congress in Berlin, has found that the opioid system of pathological gamblers responds differently to those of normal healthy volunteers. The work was carried out by a group of UK researchers from London and Cambridge, and was funded by the Medical Research Council. This work is being presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology congress in Berlin. ...> Full Article


Brain activity provides evidence for internal 'calorie counter' (10/31/2014)

As you think about how a food will taste and whether it's nutritious, an internal calorie counter of sorts is also evaluating each food based on its caloric density, according to findings from a new neuroimaging study. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ...> Full Article


Why we can't tell a Hollywood heartthrob from his stunt double (10/30/2014)

Johnny Depp has an unforgettable face. Tony Angelotti, his stunt double in 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' does not. So why is it that when they're swashbuckling on screen, audiences worldwide see them both as the same person? UC Berkeley scientists have pinpointed the brain mechanism by which we latch on to a particular face even when it changes. ...> Full Article


How the brain leads us to believe we have sharp vision (10/30/2014)

How the brain leads us to believe we have sharp visionWe assume that we can see the world around us in sharp detail. In fact, our eyes can only process a fraction of our surroundings precisely. In a series of experiments, psychologists at Bielefeld University have been investigating how the brain fools us into believing that we see in sharp detail. The results have been published in the scientific magazine 'Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.' ...> Full Article


Fairness is in the brain (10/30/2014)

Fairness is in the brainEver wondered how people figure out what is fair? Look to the brain for the answer. According to a new Norwegian brain study, people appreciate fairness in much the same way as they appreciate money for themselves, and also that fairness is not necessarily that everybody gets the same income. ...> Full Article


Marijuana use associated with lower death rates in patients with traumatic brain injuries (10/29/2014)

A survey of patients with traumatic brain injuries found those who had used marijuana were more likely to survive than those who had not used the illicit substance. ...> Full Article


Unexpectedly speedy expansion of human, ape cerebellum (10/29/2014)

A new study published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Oct. 2 could rewrite the story of ape and human brain evolution. While the neocortex of the brain has been called 'the crowning achievement of evolution and the biological substrate of human mental prowess,' newly reported evolutionary rate comparisons show that the cerebellum expanded up to six times faster than anticipated throughout the evolution of apes, including humans. ...> Full Article


In a bad mood? Head to Facebook and find someone worse off (10/29/2014)

In a bad mood? Head to Facebook and find someone worse offWhen people are in a bad mood, they are more likely to actively search social networking sites like Facebook to find friends who are doing even worse than they are, a new study suggests. ...> Full Article


I have anxiety, why is my doctor prescribing an antipsychotic? (10/29/2014)

What's in a name? Doctors have found that the name of the drug you are prescribed significantly influences how the patient sees the treatment. Now in a significant shift, the world's major psychiatry organizations are proposing to completely change the terminology of the drugs used in mental disorders. ...> Full Article


Mental rest and reflection boost learning, study suggests (10/29/2014)

Mental rest and reflection boost learning, study suggestsA new study, which may have implications for approaches to education, finds that brain mechanisms engaged when people allow their minds to rest and reflect on things they've learned before may boost later learning. ...> Full Article


How curiosity changes the brain to enhance learning (10/28/2014)

The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. New research publishing online Oct. 2 in the Cell Press journal Neuron provides insights into what happens in our brains when curiosity is piqued. The findings could help scientists find ways to enhance overall learning and memory in both healthy individuals and those with neurological conditions. ...> Full Article

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Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder associated with dendritic spine loss in brain

Falling asleep: Revealing the point of transition

Neural activity predicts the timing of spontaneous decisions

What happens in our brain when we unlock a door?What happens in our brain when we unlock a door?

Pathological gambling is associated with altered opioid system in the brain: Reduced feeling of euphoria when compared to healthy volunteers

Brain activity provides evidence for internal 'calorie counter'

Why we can't tell a Hollywood heartthrob from his stunt double

How the brain leads us to believe we have sharp visionHow the brain leads us to believe we have sharp vision

Fairness is in the brainFairness is in the brain

Marijuana use associated with lower death rates in patients with traumatic brain injuries

Unexpectedly speedy expansion of human, ape cerebellum

In a bad mood? Head to Facebook and find someone worse offIn a bad mood? Head to Facebook and find someone worse off

I have anxiety, why is my doctor prescribing an antipsychotic?

Mental rest and reflection boost learning, study suggestsMental rest and reflection boost learning, study suggests

How curiosity changes the brain to enhance learning



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