Tag: Human Brain

Human Brains Have 'Wi-Fi' That Can Explain People's Gut Feelings

A phenomenon called the interbrain could explain our gut feelings and why people have a hard time maintaining eye contact in certain situations. This may also explain why laughter is infectious.

Neuroscience January 7, 2018

Human Use Of Brainpower Not As Unique As Previously Thought

About 25 percent of the human body's energy usage is reserved for the brain. This is often seen as a characteristic unique to humans, but new research finds that some animals also allot large amounts of energy for brainpower.

Neuroscience November 2, 2017

Sleep Deprivation May Cause Brain To Eat Itself: Study

Research finds that sleep deprivation is even more dangerous than originally thought. Chronic lack of sleep stimulates cell activity that causes irreversible damage to the brain.

Neuroscience May 27, 2017

Science Stumbles On 40 New Genes Linked To Intelligence

Scientists have discovered 40 new genes linked to intelligence. However, intelligence proves time and again that it's a complex affair, raising the question: is intelligence hereditary?

Neuroscience May 23, 2017

Elon Musk Wants To Link Human Brains To AI With Neuralink To Help With Brain Injuries And Improve Communication

Elon Musk has confirmed that he's now the CEO of Neuralink, which may well be his most ambitious project. Neuralink aims to connect human brains and computers, making AI an extension of the brain as seamless to access as an extra faculty.

Robotics April 21, 2017

Wondered Why People Are Left Or Right Handed? Not The Brain, But Spinal Cord Which Determines

A study has revealed that asymmetrical genetic activity in the spinal cord determines people’s left or right handedness, which starts in the mother’s womb. The study bypasses older assertions that the human brain is responsible for the same.

Neuroscience February 21, 2017

Researchers Pinpoint Brain Area Linked To Bipolar Disorder

Through magnetic resonance imaging and an advanced segmentation approach, researchers discovered decreased volumes of subfields of the hippocampus in subjects with bipolar disorder. The hippocampus controls our memories and emotional behavior.

Neuroscience January 27, 2017

Your Brain Shape May Indicate Your Personality Type And Risk For Mental Illness

Brain scans revealed a link between the shape of the brain and personality types. The structure of the brain also hints of risk for mental health problems.

Neuroscience January 25, 2017

Yawning And Intelligence: Longer Yawns Mean Bigger Brains

A new research that involved 29 mammals suggests a link between yawning and brain size. Animals with bigger brain were found to yawn longer.

Animals October 6, 2016

Scientists Locate Brain Physics Engine That Predicts Human Movement

Scientists found the location of the brain physics engine that helps predict how objects behave. Brain activities revealed that people constantly make physical inferences.

Neuroscience August 10, 2016

'Most Detailed' Brain Map Presents Nearly 100 Previously Unknown Regions

Scientists from Washington University have created a painstakingly detailed map that presents previously unknown regions of the brain. How will this brain map change the field of neuroscience?

Neuroscience July 20, 2016

Jet Lag Is Worse For People Flying East: Study

A new study suggests that people who crossed different time zones traveling eastward suffer from jet lag more than those going west. Researchers believe this has connected to how the brain is able to operate the body's biological clock.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 13, 2016

Do-It-Yourself Brain Stimulation Could Result In Altered Brain Functions

An open letter warns the public about the risks that come from transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a 'do-it-yourself' type of brain stimulation. Experts warn that they could be doing more harm than good.

Neuroscience July 8, 2016

Big Brains In Humans May Be Result Of High Metabolism

Human beings have larger brains than other primates, and we also live longer and have more children. This may be due to our higher metabolisms, new research reveals.

Animals May 4, 2016

Fructose Alters Specific Brain Genes, But Omega-3 May Reverse Effects

Fructose consumption was found to alter brain genes, which regulate important physiologic functions. Researchers from UCLA also discovered that omega-3 diet can reverse the fructose’s harmful effects.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 24, 2016

Here's Why We Do Not Sleep Well In A New Place

Tossing and turning on your first night sleeping in a new place? Researchers have found that your brain may have something to do with what is known as the first-night effect.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 24, 2016

Gamers May Help Solve Problems In Quantum Physics

Humans can still beat computers in complex problem-solving, such as in the complex matter of quantum physics. Through the game Quantum Moves, Danish researchers recruit players to help them figure out the quantum speed limit and build a quantum computer in the future.

April 14, 2016

Exercise May Slow Down Brain Aging By 10 Years: Study

A study has found that regular exercise ranging from moderate to intense can help slow down brain aging by up to 10 years. Participants who had regular exercise in the span of five years had slower brain decline and better cognitive test results.

Life March 26, 2016

Zika May Pose Brain Inflammation Risks In Adults

Previously, Zika virus has been linked to paralysis and microcephaly. A new report says that it may also cause brain inflammation, which is fatal.

Life March 13, 2016

Human Brains Are Hardwired For Facebook Addiction: Psychologist

Facebook addiction among the present generation is hardwired in the brain, a psychologist says. Brain evolution, particularly that of size, explains how such social changes occurred.

Life March 8, 2016

Your Brain Has Personality That Influences Your Intelligence

A new study has found that the brain has a personality that influences intelligence. By studying different brain regions, researchers were able to contribute to the study of human cognition.

Life February 28, 2016

Cryogenically Frozen Rabbit Brain Thawed Without Damage: Can Breakthrough Technique Preserve Memory In Human Brain?

The brain of a rabbit has been frozen and thawed without damage for the first time. This could lead to a form of immortality sooner than you think.

February 12, 2016

Scientists Eye Grand Prize In Preserving Human Brain For 100 Years

A foundation offers a growing prize purse for the first scientist or team to rigorously exhibit a surgical method for “inexpensively and completely preserving an entire human brain” for 100 years. Two esteemed neuroscientists are currently competing in the brain preservation challenge.

February 8, 2016

3D Printed Gel Unveils Secret Of How Human Brain Folds

Scientists used a 3-D printed gel model to reveal how the brain gets its signature wrinkled look. The fetal brain starts off with a smooth surface. Wrinkling or folding is Nature's way of packing a powerful, large processor in a small skull.

Life February 2, 2016

Different Types Of Memories Influence Our Attention In New Situations

Scientists from New York University have discovered that the behavior of people during new situations is likely influenced by memories formed by different neurological processes. The hippocampus and striatum of the brain both play an important role in this phenomenon.

Life January 20, 2016

This Is How The Human Brain Manages Large Amounts Of Data

The human brain uses 0.15 percent of the original information to process data. Researchers developed an algorithm that explains how the human brain can process large amounts of data all at the same time.

Life December 29, 2015

Only Human Brain Is Capable Of Mental Time Travel: Study

Researchers discovered that mental time travel is a capability exclusive to humans. A new theoretical model shows that unlike animals, human beings can mentally go back and forward in time.

Life December 27, 2015

Discovery Of Intelligence Gene Clusters May Unlock Ways To Boost Mental Ability

Researchers discovered a network of genes that may be responsible for a person's level of intelligence. Understanding the said gene clusters deeper may help improve mental ability and enhance the quality of life of patients with cognitive difficulties.

Life December 23, 2015

Altering Chemistry In The Brain Can Make Patients More Resistant To Pain, Study Finds

UK researchers found that the more opiate receptors the brain had, the higher the body’s ability to hurdle the pain. The findings opened possibilities in developing more natural solutions for arthritis treatment and against long-term severe pain.

Life October 24, 2015

NASA Zeroes In On How Zero Gravity Affects The Brain: Why Is It 'Harder To Think' In Space?

Scientists at the University of Michigan are conducting brain imaging and behavioral assessments before and after they go on missions to the International Space Station to find out the potential effects of staying on zero-gravity environments on the human brain.

Space October 12, 2015

Scientists Recreate Part Of Rat Brain In A Computer: Reconstruction Of Human Brain Coming Next?

Many fields of science make use of rats in research, but a new project did something different. For the first time, 82 neuroscientists simulated a part of a rat's brain - could a human brain be next?

October 9, 2015

Research Suggests Human Brain Is 30 Times As Powerful As The Best Supercomputers

A team of researchers has designed a new standard for comparing artificial intelligence with the human brain. According to the standard, the world's most powerful supercomputers are 30 times less powerful than the human brain.

FUTURE TECH August 26, 2015

Forget Paleo Diet, Carbohydrates Made Humans Smarter

A group of researchers suggested that carbohydrates are the key food nutrient that helped expand the size of human brains to what it is now. Paleo diet may be a fad now but cooked starches are what made humans smarter as they went through the phases of evolution.

Life August 8, 2015

Why Humans Are Naturally Affected By The Sound Of Screaming

Screams are effective at causing fear and alarm in people because the acoustics of shrieks are designed to reach the fear circuit of the brain directly, according to a new study conducted by the University of Geneva.

Life July 17, 2015

Alzheimer's May Affect African-Americans Differently Says Study

A new study conducted by Rush University Medical Center researchers suggests that the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the health of an individual vary depending on race.

Life July 16, 2015

Study Seeks Answers On Why Some Children Have Difficulty Reading

Scientists at Northwestern University have developed a way to identify potential learning disabilities in children. The method measures the ability of children to decipher sounds amid background noises.

Life July 15, 2015

Celebrity 'Mind Games' Help Scientists Understand How New Memories Are Formed In Brain

Photographs of celebrities and famous landmarks were used to find how the brain creates new memories. What could this study tell us about the inner workings of the human brain?

Life July 5, 2015

Are You Emotional Or Rational? Your Brain Structure Will Reveal

A new study found that being emotional or rational can be determined by how the brain is structures. The researchers particularly looked into the density of the grey matter in the different areas of the brain to identify the kind of empathy the study participants have.

Life June 22, 2015

Long Term Exposure To Air Pollution May Cause Brain Damage

Brain damage could result from air pollution exposure, according to a new study. How serious is this danger?

Life April 26, 2015

Brain Scans Reveal The Parts Of The Brain That Help People Justify Killing

A recent study on how the human brain determines justification for a violent act has shed light on the regions of the brain involved in making moral judgments.

Internet Culture April 11, 2015

Brain Scans Show That The Two Types Of Extroverts Have More Brain Matter

A team of psychologists at Brown University studying brain scans of extroverts determines that the two different types of extroverts have different volumes of gray matter in various parts of their brains.

March 2, 2015

How Does The Brain Tackle Problems That Evolution Didn't Teach It?

Although the human brain is adept at tackling new problems with little new learning involved, evolution didn't necessarily create the brain to do so. So how does the brain do this automatically?

February 27, 2015

Scientists Discover Key To The Evolution Of The Human Brain

German researchers have found a gene that could be the key in the evolution of the human brain. The gene, which is found in early humans but not chimpanzees, has been used to expand the brains of mice.

February 27, 2015

Scientists May Be Able to Bring Back Lost Memories

Long-term memory is formed by a different process than once believed, potentially leading to new treatments for Alzheimer's disease.

Life December 23, 2014

Bacteria Keeps the Brain Healthy: Study

Bacteria in our bodies may have a role in protecting our brain against harmful pathogens, new research finds. They are critical to creating and maintaining the blood-brain barrier, the brain's first line of defense.

Life November 26, 2014

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