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New study improves our understanding of brain function

Researchers are one-step closer to understanding the brain and its function, following some pioneering experiments. This new insight could help those affected by strokes.

New type of cell discovered that keeps time regularity

Scientists have long wondered how the brain keeps in sync and there have been theories about a type of neuron that acts as brain's metronome. This may now be a reality, based on a new technique for measuring electrical activity.

Is GPS ruining our brains?

London - Do our brains work differently when we are using GPS? The answer is yes, according to a new study. The research was conducted in virtual reality, where some visitors navigated using a GPS device and others who navigated using a map.

Scientists extract speech directly from the brain

San Fransisco - Scientists have extracted speech directly from the brain, as part of a technique designed to one day help people with sever medical conditions to speak. The process is a speech synthesis technology, designed to recreate speech patterns.

Scientists revive brain function in dead pigs

Paris - Scientists have managed to restore cell function in the brains of pigs hours after they died, in a breakthrough Wednesday that experts said threw into question the very notion of what makes animals -- or even humans -- alive.

Why jet lag might be good for the brain

New research finds that the circadian clock plays an unusual role in neurodegenerative diseases, where a disrupted sleep-wake cycles might, based on the indicative studies, protect the brain.

Caffeine addicted? Just seeing coffee stimulates the brain

Toronto - Our brains can become sufficiently ‘wired’ to drinking coffee that just seeing the brown liquid is sufficient to trigger a brain stimulation on par with drinking the bitter tasting beverage, according to new Canadian research.

Essential Science: How does cannabis affect the brain?

The impact of cannabis on the brain is a subject to circling medical study, with studies offering different evidence and contrasting perspectives. We take in two recent studies looking at different aspects.

New study reveals impact of being a night owl on the human brain

Birmingham - New research looks at people who prefer to go to bed early compared with those who prefer to stay up later, and the impact of these different practices upon the brain. The study shows ‘night owls’ have a lower resting brain.

New approach to treating depression with brain implants

For several years researchers have been looking at the application of deep brain stimulation to treat depression, with mixed results. A new study signals a breakthrough, based on a new target.

Essential Science: What different sides of the brain are tell us

Difference sides of the brain appear to specialize in different tasks and one side of the brain can dominate over the other side, according to a new study and affect how the other side of the brain responds.

Essential Science: How playing video games changes the brain

New studies looking into how playing video games can affect the brain indicated that regular gaming can trigger changes across several brain regions, boosting efficiency but also fueling addiction.

Is Alzheimer's disease linked to brain pH imbalance?

A pH imbalance in brain cells may contribute to Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. The research also identifies possible drug targets which could reverse the problem.

Overnight brain stimulation may improve memory

New research suggests that a non-invasive technique of brain stimulation may enhances memory storage. Applied at night this appears to work without disturbing sleep.

Novel architecture for brain-inspired computing

Computer scientists have developed novel synaptic architecture to construct brain-inspired computing, drawing on the interconnections in the brain to construct neural networks.

Brain protein as a potential cure for alcoholism

A protein called MUNC 13-1 and which is found in the brain, has been found to bind to alcohol. This discovery could be the answer to curing alcoholism, according to new research.

Challenges for developing brain implant material

Brain implants promise many applications, from medical to the control of remote devices. One thing hampering progress is suitable material, which will last for a long period of time and retain its functionality.

Artificial intelligence starts to examine human intelligence

Boston - Researchers have begun the process of dissecting artificial intelligence in order to better understand the human brain. This is based on the idea that human developed artificial intelligence could reveal more about how human brains function.

Nerve stimulator approved for opioid withdrawal

Bethesda - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a device designed to help U.S. citizens with addictions to prescription drugs ease the addiction and to stop taking the medicines like opioids.

Interview: Tips to avoid the onset of Alzheimer’s Special

According to psychotherapist Dr. Andrea Brandt, our brains remain “plastic” — able to change and make new connections — throughout life. Understanding this feeds into some Alzheimer’s prevention strategies, she explains in an exclusive interview

Little league football linked to mood problems later: study

Paris - Taking up American football before the age of 12 may have an impact on behaviour and mood much later in life, a study of former players said Tuesday.

Smart computers decode brain activity

Scientists from the University of Freiburg have used artificial neural networks to decode brain activity during performed and imagined movements. This is a further sign that computer science could revolutionize brain research.

First 'wired' map of the brain produced

Cardiff - If the brain is a giant and powerful computer, then the network of neurons that inter-space the grey and white matter can be thought of as a wiring system.

Looking to the human brain to improve artificial intelligence

How can artificial intelligence be improved if the working model is the human brain and neural network? Moreover, if we do not fully understand how the brain works, will this hamper AI progress? A new insight could help.

Omega fatty acids contribute to brain health

Many studies indicate the importance of omega fatty acids and the body of evidence has recently been expanded upon by two new studies, looking at polyunsaturated fatty acids and the structure of the brain.

Can creativity be boosted through electrical stimulation?

London - Is it possible to boost creativity by applying electrical stimulation to the brain? One group of scientists state they have found a way to improve creativity through brain stimulation.

Does your brain make you fat?

Cambridge - Is your brain working against you when you try to diet? In many cases the answer could be 'yes', for sometimes the brain can interfere with the effort to lose weight. New research shows how.

Cannabis reverses brain aging process in new study

Bonn - The new study relates to an animal model. Here scientists have restored the memory performance of Methuselah mice to a juvenile stage. The leading question is: could this effect also be seen with people?

Bipolar disorder linked with gray matter loss

A new study indicates global bipolar disorder is connected to thinning of gray matter in the brain regions responsible for inhibition and emotion. This finding comes from the University of Oslo’s Faculty of Medicine.

Viewing brain images by new adaptive-optics technology

Scientists from Purdue University have developed a new adaptive-optics technology designed for brain research. The method, described as “multi-pupil adaptive optics”, helps with research into brain function.
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