brain sciences

Video gamers no better at multi-tasking


June 14th, 2012 - 4:03 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 14 (IANS) Video gamers are whiz kids while playing - performing complicated tasks at top speed to eliminate the enemy in order to gain points. But are they ... Read more...

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Scientists find why we just can’t say no


April 25th, 2012 - 12:33 am ICT by IANS
Washington, April 24 (IANS) US Scientists claim to have made a major breakthrough in understanding the brain's reward centre which could explain why many people find it literally impossible to ... Read more...

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Love hormone also fosters kindness among monkeys


January 6th, 2012 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 6 (IANS) 'Love hormone' Oxytocin that helps the mother-baby bond also fosters kindness among irritable monkeys. Administering the hormone nasally, a Duke University research team has shown that ... Read more...

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Our brains have a ‘rich club’ too


November 6th, 2011 - 6:57 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 6 (IANS) Our brains have regions that are "rich" - or highly connected to other parts of the brain - and other parts are subservient to this 'Rich ... Read more...

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Dream content measured for first time


October 30th, 2011 - 5:21 pm ICT by IANS
Munich, Oct 30 (IANS) Scientists have for the first time successfully analysed brain activity during dreams.They were able to do this with the help of people who become aware of ... Read more...

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Managing people helps develop better brains


September 9th, 2011 - 1:13 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 9 (IANS) Managing other people at the workplace promotes brain health, protects memory and the learning centre well into old age.University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers have ... Read more...

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Here’s how our brains recognise improvisations


May 4th, 2011 - 2:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 04 (ANI): Wondering how a listener's brain recognise if an unknown melody played by a pianist without reading from a musical score melody is improvised or memorized? Here is the ... Read more...

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Temporary changes in brain speed up learning


April 14th, 2011 - 2:34 pm ICT by IANS
Washinghton, April 14 (IANS) Temporary changes in brain could speed up learning, paving the way to improved treatments for strokes, tinnitus and chronic pain.Tinnitus is the perception of sound within ... Read more...

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How brain learns and encodes new skills


April 14th, 2011 - 2:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 14 (ANI): UT Dallas researchers have found that brain nerve stimulation accelerates learning in laboratory tests.The breakthrough may aid treatment of learning impairments, strokes, tinnitus and chronic pain.Another major finding ... Read more...

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US kids develop ‘Math is for boys’ stereotype as early as 2nd grade


March 15th, 2011 - 6:37 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 15 (ANI): Researchers have found that children in the US express the stereotype that mathematics is for boys, not for girls, as early as second grade.The University of Washington study ... Read more...

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‘Maths for boys’ stereotype develops in second grade


March 15th, 2011 - 5:31 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 15 (IANS) Gender stereotypes regarding maths may develop as early as the second grade, says a new study. Children applied the stereotype to themselves: boys identified themselves with ... Read more...

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Why the blind have a superior sense of touch


February 23rd, 2011 - 3:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 23 (ANI): Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences have discovered why blind people tend to have a superior sense of touch.The team of Robert ... Read more...

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Study: Cooling brains of stroke patients could reduce risk of disabilities


January 25th, 2011 - 12:21 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Edinburg, Jan 24 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists have found that cooling the brain greatly reduces the risk of death and disabilities that arise from stroke.The scientists are now lobbying European governments to provide ... Read more...

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New study explains humans’ critical ability to throw long distances


January 24th, 2011 - 3:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 24 (ANI): A new study has revealed how humans, unlike any other species on Earth, readily learn to throw long distances.The study by Indiana University and the University of Wyoming ... Read more...

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Cooling stroke patients’ brains could aid recovery


January 24th, 2011 - 1:13 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 24 (ANI): A group of Scottish doctors have suggested that cooling the brain of patients who have suffered a stroke could dramatically improve their recovery.They are joining others from across ... Read more...

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Nerve stimulation may thwart tinnitus: Study


January 13th, 2011 - 2:56 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 13 (ANI): A new study found that researchers were able to eliminate tinnitus in a group of rats by stimulating a nerve in the neck while simultaneously playing a variety ... Read more...

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Neuroimaging ‘predicts’ which dyslexics will learn to read


December 21st, 2010 - 1:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 21 (ANI): Stanford University researchers have used brain imaging to predict with 90 percent precision which teenagers with dyslexia would improve their reading skills over time.Their study, the first to ... Read more...

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Why do some musical performances move us?


December 19th, 2010 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 19 (ANI): Scientists at Florida Atlantic University have identified key aspects of musical performance that cause emotion-related brain activity, and they have shown for the first time how these performance ... Read more...

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Hard work ‘improves’ taste of food


November 5th, 2010 - 2:43 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 5 (IANS) The harder we have to try to obtain something, the more we realise its worth. This applies even to food we normally find unappetising, a study shows.A Johns ... Read more...

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Hard work boosts the taste of food: Study


November 5th, 2010 - 11:44 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 5 (ANI): It is a common phenomenon that we appreciate something more if we have to work hard to get it, and a new study seems to have proved it, ... Read more...

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Neural responses indicate our willingness to help the person in need


October 8th, 2010 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 8 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Zurich have discovered that witnessing a person from our own group or an outsider suffer pain causes neural responses in two very different ... Read more...

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Soon, airport facial-recognition software to detect stressed-out tourists


September 16th, 2010 - 4:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 16 (ANI): With new advances in facial-recognition software, airport security workers might one day know with near certainty whether they're looking at a stressed-out tourist or staring a terrorist in ... Read more...

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Enzyme behind baby blues found


June 17th, 2010 - 3:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 17 (ANI): Other than loss of estrogen, an increase in levels of enzyme, called monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) in the female brain after giving birth, is what causes baby blues ... Read more...

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Besides friends, strangers too influence our dating choices


June 8th, 2010 - 3:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 8 (ANI): Men and women are greatly influenced not only by what their friends think of their potential fling or relationship partner, but also by the opinions of complete strangers, ... Read more...

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Friends, strangers influence our dating preferences


June 8th, 2010 - 1:16 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 8 (IANS) Men and women are greatly influenced not only by what their friends think of their potential fling or relationship partner, but also by the opinion of complete strangers, ... Read more...

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How the brain hears music and lyrics


March 10th, 2010 - 6:23 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 10 (ANI): Does the brain process words and music separately or as one? Well scientists in Germany seem to have found an answer to the hotly debated question.The research ... Read more...

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Nouns, verbs learned in different brain areas


February 26th, 2010 - 12:12 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 26 (IANS) Scientists have recently shown that the part of the brain that gets activated when a person learns a new noun is different from the part used when a ... Read more...

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Women take longer to get the joke but enjoy punchline more than men


February 2nd, 2010 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 2 (ANI): Women take longer time to understand jokes but enjoy the punchline more than men, a new study claims.Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology, experts at Stanford University ... Read more...

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Women use more brain power than men to understand jokes


January 31st, 2010 - 1:09 pm ICT by ANI
London, January 31 (ANI): Women take longer time to understand jokes but enjoy the punchline more than men, a new study claims.Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology, experts at Stanford University ... Read more...

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Sticking to diets requires more than willpower


January 13th, 2010 - 3:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 13 (ANI): It takes more than willpower to say no to mindless eating. Scientists say diet plans and environment too have a significant role to play for those looking to ... Read more...

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Baby name choices influenced by boom-and-bust business cycles


October 14th, 2009 - 2:52 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 14 (ANI): A new US research has found that parents often give their children names that have risen in popularity as compared to names that have come down on the ... Read more...

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Novel computer model simulates brain’s ability to recognise speech


August 15th, 2009 - 12:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 15 (ANI): While it is difficult for computers to simulate the human brain when it comes to listening, scientists have developed a mathematical model that can significantly improve the automatic ... Read more...

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Scientists show how the ‘reward effect’ facilitates learning


July 28th, 2009 - 2:00 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 28 (ANI): An international team of German and British researchers have shown that the "reward effect", also known as the "carrot" approach, not only supports the improvement of higher cognitive ... Read more...

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Snoring due to sleep apnea can damage brain severely


May 18th, 2009 - 1:01 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 18 (IANS) Snoring due sleep apnea may impair brain function in a much worse way than previously thought, according to a new study. Sufferers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) experience ... Read more...

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Women identify more closely with positive stereotypes, performance-wise


May 4th, 2009 - 3:11 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 4 (IANS) Women identify more closely with positive stereotypes, avoiding the harmful effect that negative ones can have on their performance, says a new study. The study, led by Robert ... Read more...

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