Author Bio Stephanie Pappas Stephanie interned as a science writer at Stanford University Medical School, and also interned at ScienceNow magazine and The Santa Cruz Sentinel. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what her latest project is, you can follow Stephanie on Google+. Stephanie Pappas on 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Brain | Human Brain & Neuroscience | Brain Facts
A copying error appears to be responsible for critical features of the human brain that distinguish us from our closest primate kin, new research finds. When tested out in mice, researchers found this "error" caused the rodents' brain cells to move into place faster and enabled more connections between brain cells. When any cell divides, it first copies its entire genome. Did a Copying Mistake Build Man's Brain?
March 13th, 2013 | by Charles Q. Choi Scientists scanning the human brain can now tell whom a person is thinking of, the first time researchers have been able to identify what people are imagining from imaging technologies. Brain Scans Show Who You're Thinking About
The Invisible Hand Illusion – Phenomena Hold your hand up in front of your face. It is patently obvious that the five-fingered thing in front of you is your hand, and the empty space next to it is not. But this ability to recognise your own body is more complicated than it first appears, and can be fooled through a surprisingly simple trick. Henrik Ehrsson from the Karolinska Institute is a master of such illusion. When I visited his lab in 2011, he used little more than virtual reality headsets, mannequins and batons to convince me that I had left my body, shrunk to doll-size, and gained a third arm.
Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor | June 13, 2012 08:26am ET Credit: Dreamstime Sitting in total silence, palms facing upward and eyes closed, mouthing the traditional "Ommmmm" sounds, would seem a practice for monks and other ascetic humans. Turns out, various types of mindful meditation (no Tibetan temple needed) can fit perfectly into the lives of a 9-to-5 business man or woman. And plenty of science suggests the benefits can be great. Here are seven enlightening benefits. 7 Reasons You Should Meditate | Mindfulness Meditation Health Benefits
Nuts and Bolts the neuron A single neuron may be connected to as many as 200 000 others, via junctions called synapses. They form an extensive network throughout the body, and can transmit signals at speeds of 100 metres per second.
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Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A recent study by neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins University has torn the bottom out of a widely accepted theory about how the brain creates memories. The old paradigm held that the ability to form long-term memories depended largely on the activity of a single enzyme in the brain, a notion that now appears to be entirely incorrect. In a report of their research published in the January 2 issue of the journal Nature, the researchers described how an experiment with mice inadvertently demonstrated that the enzyme in question — known as PKM-zeta — cannot be as critical as once thought, since mice that lacked the enzyme were still able to create long-term memories. Debunked: Memory-Molecule Theory
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Spurious Positive Mapping of the Brain? Many fMRI studies could be giving false-positive results according to an important new paper from Anders Eklund and colleagues: Does parametric fMRI analysis with SPM yield valid results?—An empirical study of 1484 rest datasets. The authors examined the SPM8 software package, probably the most popular tool for analyzing neuroimaging data. Their approach was beautifully simple.
Brain scan breakthrough show researches just what you're thinking about and could lead to treatment for disorders like autism By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 04:57 GMT, 15 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:11 GMT, 15 March 2013 Brain scans now allow researchers to know exactly what a person is imagining. The latest breakthrough comes after scientists used brain scans to decode images directly from the brain. Researchers have been able to put together what numbers people have seen, the memory a person is recalling, and even reconstruct videos of what a person has watched. Read my mind: New advances in brain scans let scientists see what you are imagining
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In 1845, an iron rod pierced railroad construction foreman Phineas Gage's brain, changing neuroscience forever. Now, more than 150 years later, neuroscientists have created a diagram of Gage's brain, figuring out just which connections were changed by his accident. For those not familiar with the story of Gage, he was working on the construction of the Rutland & Burlington Railroad in Vermont, tamping blasting power with a large iron rod. When the powder exploded, the rod shot through Gage's skull, severely damaging his frontal lobe. Researchers map Phineas Gage's pierced brain
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What the McLean brain bank malfunction means for autism research | Simon Baron-Cohen | Comment is free This week, the freezer at the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital broke down, with the loss of about 150 brain samples from people who had died and who had had conditions such as autism, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, or schizophrenia. This is bad news for at least five different communities. First, there are the families of the bereaved individuals who had to make the very difficult decision about whether to donate their loved one's brain for research, hoping that such a donation would result in scientific advance in our understanding of the causes of a condition like autism. For some relatives, such a decision will have meant wrestling with their own religious beliefs, or with their own strongly-held emotions and wishes about how their relative should be treated.
The brain's emergency response call | Science Credit: EMBL/ Francesca Peri The film clip shows shows microglial cells (labelled green) migrating towards injured neurons in the embryonic zebrafish brain. Microglia are immune cells that act as the brain's emergency workers - they constantly patrol the organ, extending and retracting their finger-like protruberances to sniff out any damage, and then migrating to an injury site to mop up dead cells and other cellular debris.
Vaughan Bell: the trouble with brain scans | Science | The Observer Neuroscientists have long been banging their heads on their desks over exaggerated reports of brain scanning studies. Media stories illustrated with coloured scans, supposedly showing how the brain works, are now a standard part of the science pages and some people find them so convincing that they are touted as ways of designing education for our children, evaluating the effectiveness of marketing campaigns and testing potential recruits. Recently, to the chagrin of French scientists, politicians called for neuro-imaging to be used in the courts to decide on the guilt of criminals, after the technology made its dubious debut in the legal systems of India, Italy and the US. This misplaced enthusiasm often stems from a misunderstanding about what brain scans tell us.
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An element of surprise may be the key to whitewashing a painful memory. People who encountered something unexpected were better able to shake a troubling association, a new laboratory study finds. The results, published in the Feb. 15 Science, bring scientists closer to being able to weaken traumatic memories with help from a drug. Understanding how the brain forms and reforms traumatic memories might lead to treatments that would help people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders. “The idea that an original memory could have the sting taken out of it — that’s been very appealing,” says psychiatrist Roger Pitman of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, who was not involved in the research. A surprise makes memories wobbly | Body & Brain
When Brain Damage Unlocks The Genius Within Derek Amato stood above the shallow end of the swimming pool and called for his buddy in the Jacuzzi to toss him the football. Then he launched himself through the air, head first, arms outstretched. He figured he could roll onto one shoulder as he snagged the ball, then slide across the water.
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