Neuroscience

There Are Detectable Brain Differences Between Musicians And Non-Musicians

Music is in most aspects of our lives we probably don't even notice it- but it can be noticed in our brains. A new study examined the brains of non-musicians, western classical musicians, and eastern classical musicians, as they were exposed to unfami ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 20 2020 - 10:31am

That Music Training Makes Kids Smarter Might Be Spurious Correlation

Music training can make us well-rounded, it may change the way we think, and music is fun, but claims that it makes kids smarter may have hit a sour note. Smart people often play musical instruments as well, so that has led to research trials seeking a cau ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 29 2020 - 12:56pm

The Neuroscience Reason Some Can Identify Smells Precisely And Others Have A Harder Time

When we talk about sight or hearing, the mechanisms that lead us to distinguish two colors or two notes have been well-established and translated into practical use. For example, we know which wavelength will appear red and which frequency will make us hea ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 29 2020 - 1:10pm

UK Transgender Individuals 3X More Likely To Be Autistic

Compared to cisgender people (gender identity corresponds to their sex), an analysis of over 600,000 adults finds transgender and gender-diverse adults are three to six times more likely to be diagnosed as autistic.  The findings are simply exploratory and ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 7 2020 - 12:58pm

Children Use Both Brain Hemispheres To Understand Language, But Adults Don't

Children learn languages much easier than adults, and also seem to recover from neural injuries better. The reason may be that adults process most discrete neural tasks in specific areas in one or the other of their brain's two hemispheres, while kids ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 8 2020 - 9:15am

Get Chills When You Hear Music You Like? Thank Your Orbitofrontal Cortex

If you're a music lover, you've likely had that feeling where a favorite song floods your system with pleasurable emotions, joyful memories, makes your hair stand on edge, or even sends a shiver or "chill" down your spine. About half of ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 3 2020 - 1:28pm

Melatonin May Boost Memory But Here's Why You Shouldn't Go Buy Supplements

Every pharmacy has a section devoted to products that are not scientifically known to do anything at all, they could never pass FDA scrutiny on their claims, but they don't need to and pharmacies are in business to make money. And in places like Washi ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Dec 11 2020 - 1:44am

Vitamin D Linked To Autism Spectrum Disorder

A deficiency in Vitamin D on the mother's side could explain why Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses are three times more common in boys, but don't start buying supplements. This was in rats and rats are not little people, there is a lot of ground ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 21 2020 - 10:55am

Your Dog Does Understand You- They Use Your Emotions To Predict Your Actions Much Like People Do

Man's best friend learns to understand human emotions, and that can help them predict our behavior and informs their decision making. ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 3 2021 - 4:04pm

Uncanny Valley: Creepiness Gets Some Neuroscience

Why do clowns freak us out?  And why are robots cute until they look too much like people, and then then they creep us out? It's our old friend the Uncanny Valley and it basically postulates that the more realistic something gets to a human likeness, ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Sep 22 2021 - 7:21pm