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Why virtual reality is a ‘far from perfect’ tool for studying how the brain works

Virtual Reality (VR) is not just for video games. Researchers use it in studies of brains from all kinds of ...
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Irregularity in the brain’s ‘insulation’ may offer way to ‘prevent or even reverse’ autism symptoms

Scientists have found a clue to how autism spectrum disorder disrupts the brain's information highways. The problem involves cells that ...
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Brain chemicals fight for the status quo—that’s why it’s so hard to change people’s minds even when the science consensus is overwhelming

Why do people refuse to change their views when confronted with scientific consensus? Research is starting to show us how ...
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Alzheimer’s research is stuck on a ‘single, unproven hypothesis’. It’s time to explore new theories

Over the past decade we’ve seen failure after failure in clinical trials for neurodegenerative disease. Despite over 200 clinical trials, ...
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‘It takes a world’: Initiative urges global collaboration to help us understand the human brain

First envisioned in 2016 through a series of discussions on the “grand challenges” in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, the International ...
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Psychosomatic disorders not ‘all in the mind’: Brain-body connection bolstered by new research

Placebo effects, exercise highs, getting sick when you’re stressed out—the popular press and the scientific literature alike are replete with ...
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We’ve mapped a fly brain down ‘to the very last neuron’. That’s a big deal for human brain research

[A]s director of Janelia Research Campus, part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, [Gerry Rubin has] spent the last 12 ...
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Brain building block glutamate could be key to treating Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, depression

Glutamate is often called the “major excitatory neurotransmitter” within the brain. It is the brain’s “go” signal. [Neuroscientist David] Baker ...
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Can synthetic biology help deliver an AI brain as smart as the real thing?

To create artificial general intelligence, we need to study the brain ...
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Neuroscience had a ‘transformative’ decade, giving us brain-computer interfaces, new research tools

I rarely use the words transformative or breakthrough for neuroscience findings. The brain is complex, noisy, chaotic, and often unpredictable ...
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Infographic: How exercise gives your brain a boost

Why does exercise affect the brain at all? Physical activity improves the function of many organ systems in the body, ...
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Video: Neuroscientist Sergiu Pasca on his pioneering efforts to grow brain organoids from stem cells

When [Stanford University brain researcher Sergiu] Pasca started his own lab at the university in 2014, he continued working on ...
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Lab-grown mini brains ‘perilously close’ to consciousness?

Neuroscientists at more than a hundred laboratories around the world are now cultivating small brains from human cells in glass ...
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ASMR: Being triggered by ‘ordinary sounds and sights’ may be more than pseudoscience

What do the sounds of whispering, crinkling paper, and tapping fingernails have in common? What about the sight of soft ...
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‘Paradigm-changing’: Artificial nerve cells could lead to treatments for Alzheimer’s, other brain disorders

Scientists have made artificial nerve cells, paving the way for new ways to repair the human body. The tiny "brain ...
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Feel foggy when sick? Mental sluggishness linked to inflammation

Researchers at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Human Brain Health in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam say they ...
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‘Peculiar brain waves’ during sleep may be key to forming memories, study suggests

Neuroscientists have always presumed that learning and memory depend on strengthening or weakening the connection points between neurons (synapses), increasing ...
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Staving off dementia through lifestyle changes, including exercise, weight loss

When it comes to battling dementia, the unfortunate news is this: Medications have proven ineffective at curing or stopping the ...
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Our brains on trial: How new imaging technology could alter the way courts view ‘neurolaw’ defenses when determining guilt

States of mind that the legal system cares about — memory, responsibility and mental maturity — have long been difficult ...
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Why it may not be ‘screen time’ that’s stunting development of kids’ brains

A new study links young children’s screen time with changes in the brain and slower language development. But parents, before ...
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Does ‘brain plasticity’ explain why these people can still smell, despite not having olfactory bulbs?

Doctors there say they’ve found people who can smell just as well as anyone else, despite missing the key area ...
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New brain memory model could offer new pathways for Alzheimer’s research

[PhD candidate and physician Thanh Pierre] Doan is investigating the intricacies of the parts of the brain that keep track ...
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What makes a murderer? MRI scans reveal reduced gray matter patterns in convicts

Kent Kiehl and his research team regularly park their long, white trailer just outside the doors of maximum-security prisons across the ...
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‘BrainNet’ experiment allows people to communicate by thought, ‘blurring fundamental notions about individual identity’

In a new study, technology replaces language as a means of communicating by directly linking the activity of human brains. Electrical ...
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Brain organoids may have ‘critical’ research limitation: Imperfect modeling of human development

Despite their potential, [brain] organoids still have some critical limitations. In a study presented [October 22] at the Society for Neuroscience meeting ...
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Coping with death: Our brains are wired to think it only happens to other people

Warning: this story is about death. You might want to click away now. That’s because, researchers say, our brains do ...
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Brains and birth control pills: Oral contraceptives may affect learning, memory and the immune system

Sarah E Hill, a professor of social psychology at the Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas argues we need ...