Tag: Human Brain

Stimulating Parts Of The Brain May Enhance Or Suppress Memories

Scientists find a way to dial the emotional impact of memories up or down, essentially dulling the trauma of particularly debilitating memories. The findings of the study could lead to new treatments for PTSD, depression, and anxiety disorders.

Neuroscience May 24, 2019

Here’s How Your Brain Is Permanently Changed By Playing 'Pokémon' Games

Adults who played Pokémon as children have a dedicated brain region that's used solely to recognize Pikachu and the other characters. This is how players 'catch 'em all.'

Neuroscience May 7, 2019

Chinese Experiment Creates Super Monkeys With Human Brain Genes

Gene-hacked monkeys that had human brain genes in their genomes appeared to be smarter than their unaltered peers. However, the scientific community raised ethical questions on the use of transgenic monkeys for experiments.

Animals April 12, 2019

Brain Imaging Study Reveals Some Humans Can Sense Earth's Magnetic Field

Many animals are known to be magnetoreceptive, but now a new study reveals humans are, too. While humans may not consciously detect changes in the magnetic field, the brain triggers a strong response in a number of individuals.

Earth/Environment March 19, 2019

Singing Mice Study May Lead To New Speech Disorder Treatments

Unlike other lab animals, Alston's singing mice from Costa Rica take turns in a duet. Studying this mouse species helped researchers better understand how human brains engage in a conversation.

Animals March 1, 2019

Meet The Rosehip Neuron: A Newly Identified Type Of Brain Cell In Humans

The rosehip neuron was found in the human brain but was absent in the brains of laboratory mice. The discovery might shed light on what makes the human brain special.

Neuroscience August 29, 2018

If You Can't Keep Focus, Don't Worry: The Human Brain Works That Way

Researchers have discovered that the brain is designed to be distracted, and is constantly looking for something else to focus on. Brain rhythms, first detected almost a century ago, were described as an evolutionary advantage.

Healthy Living/Wellness August 23, 2018

Young Man Survives ‘Internal Decapitation’ Where His Skull Was Separated From His Spine

A 22-year-old man had miraculously survived being internally decapitated or what scientifically called as atlanto-occipital dislocation. People who suffered the condition had their skulls separated from their spines internally but their head was not entirely decapitated physically.

Neuroscience August 5, 2018

Boy Loses Part Of Brain, But Now He's A Mostly Normal 10-Year-Old

A boy lost one-sixth of his brain before he turned 7 years old as part of a tumor surgery. Three years later, he is doing very well, with his brain forming new neural connections to compensate for the missing parts.

Neuroscience August 2, 2018

Where Does Human Speech Come From? Monkey Studies Provide A Clue

Could a friendly lip-smacking gesture give rise to something as intricate as human speech? MRI scans of monkey brains revealed this simple facial expression could be the precursor of speech.

Animals July 24, 2018

Electrical Brain Zapping Reduces Violent Tendencies And Promotes Moral Judgment

A new study proposed that an electrical brain zapping device can reduce the violent tendencies of people. The study also suggested that the method can improve people’s moral perception on whether an act is right or wrong.

Neuroscience July 3, 2018

‘Brain Orgasm’ From Watching YouTube Videos Promotes Mental Health

A team of experts investigated whether Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response offers real health benefits to people who swear by the experience. The experience had been commonly referred to as 'brain orgasm' or 'tingles.'

Healthy Living/Wellness June 23, 2018

Artificial Human Prion Responsible For Fatal Brain Disorders Grown In The Lab

Researchers created an artificial human prion through a laboratory experiment with proteins from E. coli bacteria. The synthetic human prion offered experts more understanding on how to combat infectious and fatal brain disorders.

Biotech June 7, 2018

Scientists Locate Spiritual Part Of Brain Not Necessarily Activated By Religion

A team of scientists identified the portion of the brain that is activated when people undergo spiritual experiences. The researchers said the study could help understand the importance of spiritual experience to mental health.

Neuroscience June 4, 2018

These Genes Might Be Responsible For Our Big Brains, And They’re Only Found In Humans

Why are human brains bigger than those of other species in the animal kingdom? New research suggests a trio of genes could be responsible, and they’re exclusive to humans.

Neuroscience June 2, 2018

‘Second Brain’ Found In The Gut Might Be Smarter Than Brain In The Head

Scientists described for the first time how the ‘second brain’ in the gut perform its specific functions. The team found that this ‘second brain’ work autonomously from the central nervous system.

Feature | Health May 31, 2018

Pig Brains Kept Alive Outside Body: Are Human Brains Next?

A team of scientists were able to keep a pig's brain alive while outside of its body. The method may likely be possible for human brains as well, which opens various scientific applications but also raises serious ethical issues.

Medicine April 27, 2018

Adults As Old As 79 Years Old Still Produce New Brain Cells

Just like a younger brain, the aging human brain can still form new neurons but why does the brain deteriorate in old age? A closer look at the hippocampus offers some clues.

Neuroscience April 6, 2018

Human Brain Stops Producing Neurons After Childhood: Study

A new study disproved the long-standing concept that adult human brains can produce new neurons. Findings suggest that neurogenesis stops when a person reaches the age of 13.

Neuroscience March 8, 2018

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

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