The Limits of Neuroplasticity in the Brain

New research shows that the #brain‘s #neuroplasticity isn’t as flexible as previously thought. One of the brain’s mysteries is how exactly it reorganizes new #information as you learn new tasks.  The standard to date was to test how neurons learned new behavior one #neuron at a time. Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh […]

Insights into the Neurobiology of Death

A recent study gives insight into the #neurobiology of dying.  Before the process of dying neurologists closely monitored patients with devastating #brain injuries following Do Not Resuscitate-Comfort Care orders.  This gave key insights into the mechanisms and timing of events in the brain and the circulatory system  during the dying process. The objective of emergency […]

Artificial Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence

People often forget that we designed computers not just based upon strictly rational but emotional purposes as well to help solve complex problems.  For example we would not have designed a calculator if there was no desire to solve mathematical issues.  Humans are emotionally tied to problem solving and thus it helps them formulate decisions. […]

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Light-Triggered Genes Reveal the Hidden Workings of Memory | Quanta Magazine

Nobel laureate Susumu Tonegawa’s lab is overturning old assumptions about how memories form, how recall works and whether lost memories might be restored from

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This surgeon wants to connect you to the Internet with a brain implant

Eric Leuthardt believes that in the near future we will allow doctors to insert electrodes into our brains so we can communicate directly with computers and each other.

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Study first to connect stress-associated brain activity with cardiovascular risk

Credit: Tawakol et al, 2017, The LancetA study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISSMS) investigators has linked, for the first time in humans, activity in a stress-sensitive structure within the brain to the risk of subsequent cardiovas

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Seeing RNA at the nanoscale

MIT researchers have adapted a technique known as expansion microscopy to visualize RNA molecules at high resolution in tissue samples. They have also made the technique easier to use, with off-the-shelf components.

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The World's First Human Brain-to-Brain Interface

[3:19] Rajesh Rao and Andrea Stocco test the first human brain-to-brain interface, allowing the brain to be controlled over the internet. When Rajesh plays a video game and thinks about firing at a target, the EEG picks up the signal and sends it across the internet, the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS stimulates the region of Andrea’s brain that controls hand movement. This causes Andrea’s index finger to fire the cannon and blow up the target. [Source: World Science Festival YouTube link] Comments

Free Virtual Reality Cognitive Training App for Gear VR Released on the Oculus Play Store.

Author: Micah Blumberg Cerevrum is a new cognitive training Virtual Reality game available on Gear VR. It can be downloaded for free from the Oculus Play Store! The game combines neuroscience with data driven artificial intelligence to adjust to different skill levels. It is intended to help improve cognition.  The game uses your head movement to […]

Neurotechnology and the Future of Art

Author: Adam Alonzi   Mind-machine interfaces, the decoding of the brain’s workings, and other unforeseen advances in neurotechnology will usher in a creative explosion unparalleled in all history. It has implications for music, literature, and how, on the most basic levels, reality is experienced. Through future apparatuses ancient questions about aesthetics can be resolved or, […]

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Are We About to Cross the Blood-Brain Barrier, and Transform Medicine?

One of the greatest frustrations for doctors dealing with brain tumors is called the blood brain barrier (BBB). It's the defense our bodies have created to keep toxins from passing from our blood into our brains – but it also stops medicines from making the crossing too. Now that may be about to change.