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How ‘mental rehearsal’ preps us for action

  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 …

Babies do stuff in bursts but actually learn over time

  While babies often amaze their parents when they seemingly learn new skills overnight—how to walk, for example—but new research suggests that their …

This keeps older adults from ‘saving’ memories during sleep

  For older adults, slow and speedy brain waves must sync up at exactly the right moment during sleep to move new memories into long-term storage, …

Sorry, cat lovers: Dogs are smarter

Dogs have significantly more neurons in their cerebral cortex—”little gray cells” associated with thinking, planning, and complex behavior considered …

Electric device slows deadly brain tumor growth

  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 …

Why head and face pain cause more suffering

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 the lights don’t dim when we blink

Every few seconds, our eyelids automatically shutter and our eyeballs roll back in their sockets. So why doesn’t blinking plunge us into intermittent …

Want to ace an exam? Tell a friend what you learned, Baylor researcher suggests

Students who are given information and tell someone about it shortly afterward recall the details better and longer — a strategy which could be a plus …

Why Alfred Hitchcock grabs your attention

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 …