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An illustration shows functional connectivity between the posterior striatum and speech-selective left superior temporal sulcus tissue. l-STS tissue was identified as exhibiting greater BOLD activation for hearing speech compared with nonspeech sounds (i.e., speech: English words and syllables vs. nonspeech: semantically matched environmental sounds and sound exemplars from the videogame) in a separate localizer task before videogame training. The group-based speech > nonspeech contrast mask is shown in orange, and individually defined speech-selective ROIs are shown as blue spheres.

A new way to learn about learning

As a baby listens to her parents talk, her brain somehow sorts the sounds into specific sound categories. This happens even though mom and...
The pigs whose brains were used in the study had been killed at a slaughterhouse for meat.

Pig brains kept alive outside body for hours after death

In a challenge to the idea that brain death is final, researchers have revived the disembodied brains of pigs four hours after the animals...
Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, King’s College London, and other institutions have developed a technique for measuring brain activity that’s 60 times faster than traditional fMRI.

New technique tracks brain function 60 times faster than traditional fMRI

The human brain functions rapidly enough that even upon being exposed to stimuli, neurons are activated, prompting subconscious reactions and, a fraction of a...
Location of neurons predicting partner’s choices superimposed on a stained section through one animal’s amygdala. Colours indicate different nuclei. Credit: Fabian Grabenhorst

Mindreading neurons simulate decisions of social partners

A previously unknown type of neuron has been identified by scientists at the University of Cambridge, that actively and spontaneously simulates mental decision processes...
We transition between at least 19 different brain phases when sleeping, study

We transition between at least 19 different brain phases when sleeping, study

Before the 1950's, scientists used to believe that as people drifted off to sleep, their brains and bodies would go into shutdown mode, entering...
How the brain perceives time

How the brain perceives time

By social contract, we agree to coordinate our own activities according to clock time. Nevertheless, your brain does not perceive the duration in time...
Some humans can sense Earth’s magnetic field, suggests study

Some humans can sense Earth’s magnetic field, suggests study

Magnetoreception, the perception of the geomagnetic field, is a sensory modality well-established across all major groups of vertebrates and some invertebrates, but its presence...
Scientists discover taste center in the human brain

Scientists discover taste center in the human brain

The sense of taste affords an animal the ability to evaluate what it eats and drinks. At the most basic level, this evaluation is...
Forgetting requires more brain power than remembering

Forgetting requires more brain power than remembering

Memories are not static. They are dynamic constructions of the brain that regularly get updated, modified and reorganized through experience. The brain is constantly...

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