High frequency stimulation in pain medicine

Due to disease-related changes in their brain, pain patients often suffer from an impaired tactile ability in their hands. In a pilot study conducted by scientists at the Ruhr-University Bochum, high frequency repetitive ...

Nov 20, 2015
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The right to say "No"

In psychiatric wards, patients used to be medicated indiscriminately against their will for decades if doctors thought it necessary. It was only after a Federal Constitution Court ruling a few years ago that patient autonomy ...

Oct 29, 2015
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The brain's dress code

One dress—two perceptions. For some, it is black-blue, for others, it is white-gold. In a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study, the neuroplasticity group headed by Prof. T. Schmidt-Wilcke (Department of Neurology, ...

Oct 14, 2015
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Zen meditation improves sense of touch

A study conducted with experienced scholars of zen meditation shows that mental focusing can induce learning mechanisms similar to physical training. Researchers at the Ruhr-University Bochum and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University ...

Aug 27, 2015
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Where memory is encoded and retrieved

Are the same regions and even the same cells of the brain area called hippocampus involved in encoding and retrieving memories or are different areas of this structure engaged? This question has kept neuroscientists busy ...

Jul 28, 2015
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Slowness as organisation principle in the brain

The brain is so complex that its structure cannot be completely determined by genetics. Neuroscientists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) attempt to figure out which mechanisms nerve cells use to organise themselves. ...

Jul 21, 2015
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