Neuroscience

Calcium is key to age-related memory loss

Research at the University of Leicester is offering new clues into how and why cognitive functions such as memory and learning become impaired with age. A paper published recently in a specialist neuroscience journal shows ...

Neuroscience

Our brains appear uniquely tuned for musical pitch

In the eternal search for understanding what makes us human, scientists found that our brains are more sensitive to pitch, the harmonic sounds we hear when listening to music, than our evolutionary relative the macaque monkey. ...

Neuroscience

Study targets 'fingerprint' of human consciousness

Western researchers have moved a step closer to identifying a 'brain fingerprint' for consciousness—a discovery that will unlock further understanding into why some patients, presumed to be vegetative, are still aware of ...

Oncology & Cancer

Clues from DNA could predict growth of prostate cancer

Researchers from the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and other institutions in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Singapore, have identified 1,178 biomarkers in men's genomes—the complete set of genetic material ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Navigating 'Neuralville': Virtual town helps map brain functions

Psychologists at Emory University have found that the human brain uses three distinct systems to perceive our environment—one for recognizing a place, another for navigating through that place and a third for navigating ...

Medical research

Mounting brain organoid research reignites ethical debate

As research involving the transplantation of human "mini-brains"—known as brain organoids—into animals to study disease continues to expand, so do the ethical debates around the practice. One concern is the possibility, ...

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