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In brain stimulation therapy less might be more

One of the promising non-invasive brain therapeutic methods is the repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). During such a procedure, a magnetic coil is placed near the head of the patient and a magnetic pulse ...

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Studying insight

The Computer Science and Engineering Research Team at the Toyohashi University of Technology have taken pupil measurements of subjects who feel inspired by an object. The pupil dilates and narrows to adjust the amount of ...

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Reading the minds of pilots on the fly

After a plane engine blew apart at 32,000 feet in the air last month, the pilot flying Southwest Flight 1380 safely brought the Boeing 737 to an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Captain Tammie Jo Shults was heralded a hero, ...

May 21, 2018
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Casting light on better bowels

A novel light therapy is being investigated as an alternative to prescription drugs to relieve chronic constipation and other intestinal disorders which affect millions of patients around the world.

May 21, 2018
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Shaping reward circuits

A reward center in the brain—the nucleus accumbens (NAc)—integrates inputs from multiple brain regions to drive motivated behaviors. Metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptors regulate the strength of neuronal connections ...

May 21, 2018
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Personalizing therapeutic brain stimulation

A study of epilepsy patients with implanted electrodes provides an unprecedented view of the changes in brain activity created by electrical stimulation. These findings, published in JNeurosci, have the potential to improve ...

May 21, 2018
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Single 'clock' syncs action and perception

A difficult task that requires participants to determine which of two stimuli appears first demonstrates how varying rhythms of brain activity may be synchronized to achieve a stable sense of time. The research is published ...

May 21, 2018
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Vocal neurons encode evolution of frog calls

A study of two closely-related frog species reveals a population of neurons that give rise to the unique mating calls of each species. Published in JNeurosci, the findings suggest that changes in the properties of these cells ...

May 21, 2018
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How social isolation transforms the brain

Chronic social isolation has debilitating effects on mental health in mammals—for example, it is often associated with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in humans. Now, a team of Caltech researchers has discovered ...

May 17, 2018
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Smarter brains run on sparsely connected neurons

The more intelligent a person, the fewer connections there are between the neurons in his cerebral cortex. This is the result of a study conducted by neuroscientists working with Dr. Erhan Genç and Christoph Fraenz at Ruhr-Universität ...

May 17, 2018
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Our brains are obsessed with being social

Our brains are obsessed with being social even when we are not in social situations. A Dartmouth-led study finds that the brain may tune towards social learning even when it is at rest. The findings published in an advance ...

May 16, 2018
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