Neuroscience

High False Positives In Neuroimages May Be Overstated

The effects of a "bug" in the analysis of functional neuroimages (AFNI) software was greatly exaggerated, a finding that is in defiance of numerous other studies which have found that false positive rates in the analysis of functional magnetic re ...

Article - News Staff - May 29 2017 - 9:26am

How Dopamine And Opioid Systems Modulate Responses To The Pain Of Others

Capacity for vicarious experiences is a fundamental aspect of human social behavior. For example, seeing others experiencing pain can activate brain circuits that are known to support actual first-hand experience of pain.  A new study has revealed how the ...

Article - News Staff - May 30 2017 - 8:28am

The Lifelong Teenage Brain: Do Many Adults have the brain of a 13-year-old?

Many have advanced the idea that adolescent anatomical brain development justifies denying adolescents the civil liberties and decisional autonomy that are granted to almost all adults automatically [1][2]. In an earlier writing, I made a case for the oppo ...

Blog Post - Nightvid Cole - Aug 5 2017 - 12:13pm

Brain Performance Not Affected By Menstrual Cycle

Men who worry that women may not make the right decisions during a menstrual cycle, and women who claim biology is a valid excuse for being a jerk, you're both out of luck. An examination of three aspects of cognition across two menstrual cycles found ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 7 2017 - 7:37am

Childhood Obesity May Be A Psychological Disorder

Researchers looked at frequency magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) images to compare neural responses to food cues in overweight and normal weight adolescents. They noted that food stimuli activated regions of the brain associated with reward and emotion i ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 22 2017 - 12:17pm

Brain-Computer Interface Turns Thoughts Into A Musical Score

Brain-computer interfaces can replace bodily functions to a certain degree and now they can even compose music. At least in a sense. Derived from an established brain-computer interface method which mainly serves to spell- more accurately- write, a team w ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 11 2017 - 3:11pm

Does Your Brain Naturally Feel God? Temp Lobe Feel Of Person Presence & Evolved Religion

There is an area close to the left ear, in the ‘temporal lobe’, that, when stimulated via strong magnetic fields, triggers religious feelings, visions of bright lights at the end of a tunnel, and, at a certain frequency, the feeling of the presence of some ...

Article - Sascha Vongehr - Dec 5 2017 - 11:52pm

Alpha Zero Teaches Itself Chess 4 Hours, Then Beats Dad

Peter Heine Nielsen, a Danish chess Grandmaster, summarized it quite well. "I always wondered, if some superior alien race came to Earth, how they would play chess. Now I know". The architecture that beat humans at the notoriously CPU-impervious ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Dec 7 2017 - 8:31am

Trepanation: Sometimes You Needed A Hole In The Head- And Incans Were Really Good At It

For thousands of years, trepanation--the act of scraping, cutting, or drilling an opening into the cranium--was practiced around the world, primarily to treat head trauma but also for headaches, seizures and mental illnesses. Sometimes it was even done to ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 10 2018 - 12:48pm

When Is It Sexual Harassment? When It's Written By A Man

An experimental study which sought to determine perceptions of sexual text (sext) messaging situations concluded that men and women were judged differently by the sext messages they sent, even when they were the same. When messages were unsolicited, men we ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 15 2018 - 8:16am