Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
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Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
Covering topics and controversies in Cognitive Neuroscience and Brain Imaging
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Brain response to affective pictures in the chimpanzee : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group

Brain response to affective pictures in the chimpanzee : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
Advancement of non-invasive brain imaging techniques has allowed us to examine details of neural activities involved in affective processing in humans; however, no comparative data are available for chimpanzees, the closest living relatives of...
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New Research Suggests Two Rat Brains Can Be Linked

New Research Suggests Two Rat Brains Can Be Linked | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
A Duke neuroscientist says he has connected the brains of two rats in such a way that when one moves to press a lever, the other one does, too — most of the time.
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This is out of the annals of Dr. Frankenstein, but it is nonetheless interesting.

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Frontiers | The contribution of transcranial magnetic stimulation in the functional evaluation of microcircuits in human motor cortex | Frontiers in Neural Circuits

Frontiers | The contribution of transcranial magnetic stimulation in the functional evaluation of microcircuits in human motor cortex | Frontiers in Neural Circuits | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
Frontiers | The contribution of transcranial magnetic stimulation in the functional evaluation of microcircuits in human motor cortex | Frontiers in Neural Circuits publishes articles on the most outstanding discoveries across the research...
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Brain research provides clues to what makes people think and behave differently

Brain research provides clues to what makes people think and behave differently | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
Differences in the physical connections of the brain are at the root of what make people think and behave differently from one another.
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PLOS ONE: Led into Temptation? Rewarding Brand Logos Bias the Neural Encoding of Incidental Economic Decisions

PLOS ONE: Led into Temptation? Rewarding Brand Logos Bias the Neural Encoding of Incidental Economic Decisions | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Scientists discover how epigenetic information could be inherited - Research - University of Cambridge

Scientists discover how epigenetic information could be inherited - Research - University of Cambridge | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
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Stimulating the Brain with Microscopic Magnets: Scientific American

Stimulating the Brain with Microscopic Magnets: Scientific American | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
An attractive new method of deep-brain stimulation could solve that therapy's trickiest problems
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How Neuroscience is Creating “a Brain New World”

How Neuroscience is Creating “a Brain New World” | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
By Manie Bosman “The gene was the central issue in biology in the 20th century. The mind is the essential issue for biology in the 21st century.” – Eric Kandel At the risk of comi...
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The Science of Mindfulness

Professor Mark Williams examines the neuroscience of mindfulness in the second of four short videos. We live in a world filled with material wealth, live lon...
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Researchers Map Emotional Intelligence in the Brain

Researchers Map Emotional Intelligence in the Brain | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
New research involving Vietnam veterans with combat related brain injuries offers the first detailed map of the brain regions which contribute to emotional intelligence.
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Scientists Discover New Genetic Basis for Dystonia - The Neurological Associates

Scientists Discover New Genetic Basis for Dystonia - The Neurological Associates | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in collaboration with researchers from other institutions, have identified a causative gene for primary torsion dystonia (PTD).
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Dkk1 molecule accumulates with age and inhibits formation of new neurons

Dkk1 molecule accumulates with age and inhibits formation of new neurons | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
As the elderly age, their ability to concentrate, reason, and recall facts tends to decline in part because their brains generate fewer new neurons than they did when they were younger.
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ScienceDirect.com - Trends in Cognitive Sciences - A BOLD statement about the hippocampal-neocortical dialogue

ScienceDirect.com - Trends in Cognitive Sciences - A BOLD statement about the hippocampal-neocortical dialogue | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
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Human Brain is Divided on Fear and Panic

Human Brain is Divided on Fear and Panic | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
A new study provides proof that the amygdala is not the only gatekeeper of fear in the human brain.

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Birdsong study pecks theory that music is uniquely human

Birdsong study pecks theory that music is uniquely human | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
A bird listening to birdsong may experience some of the same emotions as a human listening to music, suggests a new study on white-throated sparrows.
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In-brain monitoring shows memory network

In-brain monitoring shows memory network | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
Working with patients with electrodes implanted in their brains, researchers have shown for the first time that areas of the brain work together at the same time to recall memories.
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How Sensitive Is the Human Visual System to the Local Statistics of Natural Images?

How Sensitive Is the Human Visual System to the Local Statistics of Natural Images? | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it

A key hypothesis in sensory system neuroscience is that sensory representations are adapted to the statistical regularities in sensory signals and thereby incorporate knowledge about the outside world. Supporting this hypothesis, several probabilistic models of local natural image regularities have been proposed that reproduce neural response properties. Although many such physiological links have been made, these models have not been linked directly to visual sensitivity. Previous psychophysical studies of sensitivity to natural image regularities focus on global perception of large images, but much less is known about sensitivity to local natural image regularities. We present a new paradigm for controlled psychophysical studies of local natural image regularities and compare how well such models capture perceptually relevant image content. To produce stimuli with precise statistics, we start with a set of patches cut from natural images and alter their content to generate a matched set whose joint statistics are equally likely under a probabilistic natural image model. The task is forced choice to discriminate natural patches from model patches. The results show that human observers can learn to discriminate the higher-order regularities in natural images from those of model samples after very few exposures and that no current model is perfect for patches as small as 5 by 5 pixels or larger. Discrimination performance was accurately predicted by model likelihood, an information theoretic measure of model efficacy, indicating that the visual system possesses a surprisingly detailed knowledge of natural image higher-order correlations, much more so than current image models. We also perform three cue identification experiments to interpret how model features correspond to perceptually relevant image features.


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University of Michigan News Service | Electric stimulation of brain releases powerful, opiate-like painkiller

University of Michigan News Service | Electric stimulation of brain releases powerful, opiate-like painkiller | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
ANN ARBOR—Researchers used electricity on certain regions in the brain of a patient with chronic, severe facial pain to release an opiate-like substance that's considered one of the body's most powe
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News in Brief: Brain region associated with selfishness | Body & Brain | Science News

News in Brief: Brain region associated with selfishness | Body & Brain | Science News | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
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The Top 10 Challenges for Brain Science in 2013

The Top 10 Challenges for Brain Science in 2013 | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
2012 was a big year for brain science, and 2013 promises to be even bigger.
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