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April 18th, 2014 at 11:13 am

Neuroscientists reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s in mice


Blockade of p25 generation in the brain of an Alzheimer’s disease mouse model mitigates amyloid plaque buildup.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s in mice have been reversed by limiting a certain protein in the brain, according to a report by neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory.



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March 28th, 2014 at 10:33 am

Brain Trip: Brain wave reading game gives museum visitors a surreal trip

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‘Brain Trip’

The Centraal Museum in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is offering an additional experience for its ‘Surreal Worlds’ exhibition that monitors visitors’ brain waves. Interactive agency Rhinofly developed the interactive installation ‘Brain Trip’, which enriches visitors’ trip and enables them to experience surrealism in an innovative way. (Video)



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March 26th, 2014 at 10:39 am

Electric ‘thinking cap’ can help you learn faster and better

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Electric ‘thinking cap’

Cram sessions that are fueled by caffeine are routine occurrences on any college campus. But what if there was a better, safer way to learn new or difficult material more quickly? What if “thinking caps” were real?



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March 11th, 2014 at 11:49 am

Researchers discover marijuana’s anxiety relief effects

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The discovery of cannabinoid receptors may help explain why marijuana users say they take the drug mainly to reduce anxiety.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have found cannabinoid receptors, through which marijuana exerts its effects, in a key emotional hub in the brain involved in regulating anxiety and the flight-or-fight response.



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March 6th, 2014 at 10:46 am

Could future devices read images from our brains?

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Mary Lou Jepsen

Mary Lou Jepsen, an expert on cutting-edge digital displays, studies how to show our most creative ideas on screens. And as a brain surgery patient herself, she is driven to know more about the neural activity that underlies invention, creativity, thought. She meshes these two passions in a rather mind-blowing talk on two cutting-edge brain studies that might point to a new frontier in understanding how (and what) we think. (Video)



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February 28th, 2014 at 10:24 am

Neuroscience of programming: Understanding programmers’ brains

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Programmers use existing language regions of the brain to understand code.

Computer programming is a deeply complex but relatively new human activity. Its young age has lent itself to countless battles and hotly debated topics that despite the many compelling arguments presented, we seemingly have no definitive answers for. All that is about to change: An international team of scientists lead by Dr. Janet Siegmund is using brain imaging with fMRI to understand the programmer’s mind. Understanding the brain offers us the chance to distill these complex issues into fundamental answers.



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February 20th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Placebos – the medicine in our minds


Placebo effect

Placebos are the miracle pills that shouldn’t really do anything. They come in all shapes and sizes, but they contain no active ingredient. And yet, mysteriously, they often seem to work.



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February 18th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Your late 30′s is when your biggest breakthroughs will happen


Genius happens when a seasoned mind sees a problem with fresh eyes.

The former frontman of the band LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy, made what he called the biggest mistake of his life at 21, when he turned down a writing job on a sitcom that was about to launch.



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February 17th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Wearable ‘neurocam’ reads your brainwaves and records your interests



Scientists at Keio University have developed a “neurocam” — a wearable camera system that detects emotions, based on an analysis of the user’s brainwaves. (Video)



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February 13th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Can a nicotine patch make you smarter?

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A nicotine patch could be used for the treatment of neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s, mild cognitive impairment, ADHD, Tourette’s, and schizophrenia.

Dan Hurley, author of  Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power, is on a quest to make his brain work better. He is looking into the evidence for why nicotine may be the best bet for building brain power.



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