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Op-Ed: Why don’t kids like science – New tests try to find out

Sydney - The lack of interest in science, maths and other high-value education is driving some to despair. Researchers are now trying to decipher the problems, and measuring student brain activity.

Neurostimulation patch aims to improve working memory

A wearable patch has been invented, designed to improve working memory. This is a neurostimulation device which works on the prefrontal cortex through electrical stimulation.

Essential Science: Developing a smartphone-controlled brain

Scientists have fitted a wireless device to the brains of mice and can control the brain neurons via smartphone. It may have an ominous, dystopian sci-fi feel to it but there is a serious side too, with potential for healthcare.

Essential Science: Neuroscience is aiding self-driving cars

There are many projects underway to attempt to improve the navigation of self-driving vehicles. The answer to improved navigation could rest with neuroscience, in the form of special 'mapping' brain cells.

Essential Science: Four distinct clusters of personality types

Based on a detailed study of data, scientists have determined there are four personality types. The new research could alter the fundamentals of psychology, overturning established paradigms.

Artificial intelligence used to detect early signs of dementia

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence test which can detect the early signs of dementia. The aim is to use the test in the clinical setting to help to detect cases early so that appropriate treatment can be given.

Artificial intelligence can assess personality

A new artificial intelligence driven platform can assess a person’s personality by scanning the eyes. This is through assessing the way that the eyes move, through the use of an advanced tracker and data analysis software.

Q&A: Applying neuroscientific principles to AI Special

Starmind, the Zurich-based company working to apply neuroscientific principles to AI, has announced its technologies will now be available through a desktop app. Marc Vontobel, Founder and CTO of Starmind looks at what's special about this type of AI.

U.S. Armed Forces offer brain training to personnel: Interview Special

The U.S. Military has arranged for every soldier, sailor, airman, and marine to have access to brain training on BrainHQ web and mobile device apps. Dr. Henry Mahncke, CEO of Posit Science explains why.

Brains of jazz and classical pianists work differently

Whether jazz or classic is the preference, the brains of musicians who excel in different music forms differ according to a neuroscience study.

Innovative brain implant helps paralyzed people to text

Neurosurgeons, teaming up with engineers, have created a device that allows paralyzed patients to communicate their thoughts into speech. The brain controlled device has come out of a research center at Stanford University.

DeepMind founder thinks AI will need to build on neuroscience

A leading artificial intelligence expert has said he believes research in the field must start to build on existing areas of neuroscience. Describing the two areas as having a "long and intertwined history," he said AI will need to learn human qualities.

No evidence that playing 'brain games' make you smarter

A popular genera of computer and video games are ‘brain games’, such as puzzles and quizzes. These are marketed as helping to improve cognition and even to make people ‘smarter’. A major review of these games has found the opposite.

Has a treatment for Alzheimer’s been developed?

Leicester - British scientists think they are on a path to developing a drug that can stop all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. The drug stops brain cells from dying.

Essential Science: Scientists are listening in on the brain

This week’s Essential Science takes a peak at research being carried out by different scientists to better understand the brain and brain activity. This involves the use of two novel processes, one based on sound and the other using light.

Matter of perception: How creative people perceive the world

Melbourne - Why are creative people so clever? How do they come up with innovations and inventions? It is a special something that goes beyond IQ and relates, according to a new study, to how some people perceive the world.

Scientists locate brain circuit that triggers pleasure response

Researchers have confirmed that the central amygdala, located deep within the brain, is connected with fear and responses to unpleasant events. The team has also detected a circuit within this structure that reacts to rewarding events.

Essential Science: Neuroscience insights into our online habits

Philadelphia - When we scan social media what triggers a reaction? How do we decide to share an article or a video? Why does a video of a cat chasing puppies appeal one week, whereas a video of another animal not? Neuroscientists have been investigating.

Essential Science: Parallels between your brain and the Internet

The human brain and the interconnections that form the Internet share a key similarity, according to new research. Here a common rule governs traffic flow in engineered and biological systems.

Neuroscientists determine what makes consciousness

Neuroscientists have been studying the brain for the neural networks associated with consciousness. The identification of the brain network necessary for consciousness has come about through magnetic resonance imaging.

Classic video game console baffles neuroscientists

Researchers have used a classic video game console to try to analyse neural networks. Since looking at the networks in the brain is a highly complex process, the researchers hoped studying an old Atari 2600 system would prove simpler. It didn’t.

David Byrne opens theatrical neuroscience exhibit

San Fransisco - The official title of the new event is “The Institute Presents: Neurosociety” and it premises and immersive experience of the senses. The event has been developed with former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

Op-Ed: Oxford — Your brain connectivity makes you happy and successful?

Oxford - It seems if you make positive life choices, you have “greater brain connectivity,” and are more intelligent. A new Oxford study using MRIs and detailed personal surveys has created a sort of existential debater’s paradise.

Op-Ed: Human Performance Analytics — Naivete with body sensors

London - It’s here! It’s new! It’s insane! It’s wearable BS! Apparently not content with a management culture which never goes anywhere near a workspace, Human Performance Analytics bio tracking will tell managers what employees are doing

Duke scientists create 'brain-to-brain' networks

Scientists at Duke University are working a revolutionary, and perhaps disturbing technological development: a network paradigm that would allow multiple brains to be linked together to work on tasks.

Amazing video shows the power of thought control

In an exciting new TED Talk, Greg Gage shows how you can take away the free will of another person with an inexpensive do-it-yourself kit. The aim is to make brain science more accessible.

Op-Ed: Using human brain cells to smarten up the mouse

The Journal of Neuroscience reports that brain cells from one animal species can be transplanted into that of another species and thrive. With an extent and relative rapidity, implanted human brain cells can actually take over the brains of mice.

Advances in artificial limbs

Artificial limbs and their wearers are achieving more sensitive communication thanks to engineering advances. These advances have been captured in two science studies.

Research finds curiosity triggers changes in the brain

A new study shows how curiosity stimulates brain activity that helps us learn and retain new information. The research has implications for both improving learning in the classroom and in treating memory disorders.

Advances in neuroscience give new hope

Santa Clara - Sometimes we think of people who suffer from brain disorders as "different," but any of us can suffer an accident or illness at any moment that can propel us into the Twilight Zone of modern neuroscience.
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Facing challenges and having a sense of adventure or quest has always been a part of Prof. Barbara Oakley's life. Here she is at the command post station in Antarctica just after her tour of duty in the U.S. Army.
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