Neuroscientists have discovered how the brain learns physical tasks, even in the absence of real-world movement. It could hinge on getting the mind to the right starting place and to be ready to perfectly execute everything that follows with a process called “mental rehearsal.” “He’s just sitting there thinking, andContinue Reading

  While babies often amaze their parents when they seemingly learn new skills overnight—how to walk, for example—but new research suggests that their brains were probably prepping for those tasks long before those first steps occurred. “…it looks like (kids) learn all these words overnight, but they’ve been listening andContinue Reading

Dogs have significantly more neurons in their cerebral cortex—”little gray cells” associated with thinking, planning, and complex behavior considered hallmarks of intelligence—than cats, researchers report. “…dogs have the biological capability of doing much more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can.” “In this study, we were interestedContinue Reading

  A device attached to a patient’s scalp that delivers a continuous dose of low-intensity electric fields can improve survival and slow the growth of a deadly brain tumor, a new clinical trial suggests. “This trial establishes a new treatment paradigm that substantially improves the outcome in patients with glioblastoma…”Continue Reading

Sensory neurons that serve the head and face are wired directly into one of the brain’s principal emotional signaling hubs, research finds. This accounts for why people consistently rate pain of the head, face, eyeballs, ears, and teeth as more disruptive, and more emotionally draining, than pain elsewhere in theContinue Reading

Every few seconds, our eyelids automatically shutter and our eyeballs roll back in their sockets. So why doesn’t blinking plunge us into intermittent darkness and light? New research led by the University of California, Berkeley, shows that the brain works extra hard to stabilize our vision despite our fluttering eyes.Continue Reading

The movies of Alfred Hitchcock have made palms sweat and pulses race for more than 65 years. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have now learned how the Master of Suspense affects audiences’ brains. Their study measured brain activity while people watched clips from Hitchcock and other suspenseful films. During highContinue Reading