Brown University

New findings on how the brain ignores distractions

When we concentrate on something, we also engage in the unsung, parallel act of purposefully ignoring other things. A new study describes how the brain may achieve such "optimal inattention." With this knowledge, ...

Feb 03, 2015
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On the ups and downs of the seemingly idle brain

Even in its quietest moments, the brain is never "off." Instead, while under anesthesia, during slow-wave sleep, or even amid calm wakefulness, the brain's cortex maintains a cycle of activity and quiet called ...

Jan 20, 2015
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Suppressing a protein reduces cancer spread in mice

Scientists have found that decreasing the levels of or blocking a specific protein commonly found in humans and many other animals allowed them to slow the spread of two different kinds of cancer to the lungs ...

Dec 22, 2014
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New research unlocks a mystery of albinism

Newly published research provides the first demonstration of how a genetic mutation associated with a common form of albinism leads to the lack of melanin pigments that characterizes the condition.

Dec 16, 2014
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