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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.

Potential new drug may bring hope for Alzheimer's sufferers

New York - Experiments conducted by researchers at Sidney Strickland’s Laboratory of Neurobiology and Genetics at Rockefeller University have discovered a compound which may stop the progression of Alzheimer’s.

Neuroscience aims to explain Game of Thrones character

Science doesn't, stereotypically speaking, partner with pop culture. Normally the two genres keep to themselves, their opportunities for topical crossover infrequent.

Scientists discover way to manipulate memory

San Diego - Scientists have discovered how to erase and restore memories in small doses. This has some amazing implications for future studies.

Op-Ed: Invasion of the mind — A machine that can scan dreams?

Berkeley - Could it be that the “surveillance society” has gone a bit further overboard than anyone realizes? A new machine is claimed to be able to scan dreams. It can in fact reconstruct faces, if people think of them.

Reading narrative stories improves brain connectivity

Atlanta - A new study shows that reading fiction novels or short stories improves neural connections in the brain and the effects last several days after reading.

New study finds casual pot use alters the brain

Young adults who occasionally use pot show abnormalities in two key areas of their brain related to emotion, motivation, and decision making, new research reveals.

Artist turns your brainwaves into 3D-printed sculptures

A New York artist has made an astronomical technological breakthrough. Ion Pompian, located in a gallery six floors above Broadway has developed a tool that turns people’s brainwaves into 3D-printed sculptures.

Op-Ed: Is the perception of reality a homocentric experience?

Is the perception of reality a subjective human experience? This is one of the many questions tackled in Michio Kaku's forthcoming book, The Future of the Mind.

What is the U.S. BRAIN plan?

The U.S. lays out nine research areas that a new federal neuroscience initiative will fund. The projects are focused on to the development and application of innovative new technologies to construct a dynamic picture of brain function.

Human head transplants within reach, says neuroscientist

Face transplants, the human genome map, and the cure for HIV—within one generation all three have made the leap from science fiction to science fact. Could head transplants some day also make that leap? One scientist thinks so.

Understanding how language works, a Q&A with Ben Bergen Special

San Diego - Ever wondered how we make sense of language? Ben Bergen’s book, “Louder Than Words: The New Science of How The Mind Makes Meaning” offers a new approach as to how we come to understand language through a process known as "embodied simulation."

Deep Brain Stimulation could be used as treatment for anorexia

Experimental new research from researchers in Canada shows that Deep Brain Stimulation could be used as a treatment for Anorexia in patients with treatment resistant Anorexia Nervosa.
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