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Researchers Test Real ‘Thinking Cap’

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 7:22 pm (UTC+0)
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Teachers often urge their students to  put on their “thinking caps” as a way of encouraging serious thought. However, a real thinking cap could someday become a reality. New research shows it’s possible to control the ability to learn by applying mild electrical current to the brain. Writing in the Journal of Neuroscience, the Vanderbilt […]

Laughter Triggers Different Parts of Brain

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 6:33 pm (UTC+0)
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Laughter can be a valuable communications tool; it can indicate ridicule, humor, joy or maybe just a physical response to being tickled.  German scientists have found these different laugh responses are  handled by different networks in our brains, depending on the specific context of the laughter. The different patterns of brain connectivity brought on by […]

Rats Communicate Brain to Brain

Posted March 8th, 2013 at 8:31 pm (UTC+0)

The old proverb, “two heads are better than one,” was put to the test recently when researchers electronically linked the brains of two rats, prompting the animals to work together to accomplish a common goal. The researchers fitted each rat with a device that allowed one rat to send brain waves to the other, even […]

Skipping Breakfast Prompts Brain to Make Poor Food Choices

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 5:56 pm (UTC+0)

Skipping breakfast sets the brain up to make poor food choices later in the day, according to a new study. Scientists from the MRC Clinical Science Centre at London’s Imperial College, compared the brain scans and eating patterns of people both after eating breakfast and when they were fasting. They found that those who avoid […]

Opium-like Brain Chemical Triggers Overeating

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 6:53 pm (UTC+0)
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Are you on a diet but  having a hard time resisting that candy bar or cheeseburger?  The problem  might really be in your head. Researchers have found that an opium-like chemical produced in the brain might explain why some people overeat sweet and fatty foods. “This means that the brain has more extensive systems to […]

Women and Men Literally See Things Differently

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 6:37 pm (UTC+0)

In the battle of the sexes, it’s been said that men and women see things differently. Now, a new scientific study could back that view up. Published in  Biology of Sex Differences, the report finds that the part of the brain which processes vision works differently in men than  in women. While men have greater […]

Mind-controlled computer operation

Posted May 2nd, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC+0)
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Mouse and keyboard… that’s how most of us interact with our computer. You either click at or type in your data.  We’ve pretty much have gotten used to operating our PC’s and other like devices this way… for some its become second nature.  But, how about a new way interact with that computer? Can you […]

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