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A video game can change the brain, may improve empathy in middle schoolers

A space-exploring robot crashes on a distant planet. In order to gather the pieces of its damaged spaceship, it needs to build emotional rapport with the local alien inhabitants. The aliens speak a different language but their facial expressions are... Continue Reading →

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Synapses of the reward system at stake in autistic disorders

Autism spectrum disorders are a heterogeneous group of neurodevelopmental disorders, one of the main characteristics of which is impaired social communication. But what happens in patients' brains that disrupts their social skills? According to scientists from the Universities of Geneva... Continue Reading →

Neuroscientists get at the roots of pessimism

Many patients with neuropsychiatric disorders such as anxiety or depression experience negative moods that lead them to focus on the possible downside of a given situation more than the potential benefit. MIT neuroscientists have now pinpointed a brain region that... Continue Reading →

Giant neurons in the brain may play similarly giant role in awareness and cognition

There is no shortage of wonders that our central nervous system produces—from thought and language to movement to the five senses. All of those dazzling traits, however, depend on an underappreciated deep brain mechanism that Donald Pfaff, head of the... Continue Reading →

Understanding How Cues Drive Behavior

It’s a recognizable experience – you’re on your way to grab a healthy salad when you pass that familiar burger joint sign that elicits memories of greasy cheeseburgers, and suddenly you’re in line at the counter, adding fries to that... Continue Reading →

Billion brain links map reveals clues about how we think

Scientists have created an elaborate map of more than a billion brain cell connections, helping to shed light on how memories are formed and recalled. Their complex series of images are the first to illustrate how these vital connections are... Continue Reading →

Mapping of magnetic particles in the human brain

Many living organisms, such as migratory birds, are thought to possess a magnetotactic sense, which enables them to respond to the Earth’s magnetic field. Whether or not humans are capable of sensing magnetism is the subject of debate. However, several... Continue Reading →

Past Experiences Shape What We See More Than What We Are Looking at Now

A rope coiled on dusty trail may trigger a frightened jump by a hiker who recently stepped on a snake. Now a new study better explains how a one-time visual experience can shape perceptions afterward. Led by neuroscientists from NYU... Continue Reading →

A New Milestone in Laboratory Grown Human Brain Tissue

A cutting-edge laboratory technique that turns human stem cells into brain-like tissue now recapitulates human brain development more accurately than ever, according to a study from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The study, published in Nature Methods,demonstrates how... Continue Reading →

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