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Exploring the brain's role in stress-induced anxiety​​​

Exploring the brain's role in stress-induced anxiety​​​ | What is the brain doing? | Scoop.it
Calming a neural circuit in the brain can alleviate stress in mice, according to new research that could lay the foundation for understanding stress and anxiety in people.
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Neurobehavioral and hemodynamic evaluation of Stroop and reverse Stroop interference in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

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The neuroscience of race – is racism inbuilt?

The neuroscience of race – is racism inbuilt? | What is the brain doing? | Scoop.it
Research by Elizabeth Phelps and colleagues at New York University (US) believe they have uncovered one of the brain pathway involved in determining reactions to faces of different race. This research provides some intriguing insights into our views of different racial groups. Using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), Phelps and her team have discovered a network of interconnected brain regions that are more active in the brain of white participants in response to a picture of a black face than to a white face.
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Scientists discover bees can ‘turn back time,’ reverse brain aging | ScienceBlog.com

Scientists discover bees can ‘turn back time,’ reverse brain aging | ScienceBlog.com | What is the brain doing? | Scoop.it

"Scientists at Arizona State University have discovered that older honey bees effectively reverse brain aging ..."

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Neuroscience: Making connections

Neuroscience: Making connections | What is the brain doing? | Scoop.it
Is a project to map the brain’s full communications network worth the money?
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Social Cues in the Brain [Interactive]: Scientific American

Visit the places that help us sense other people's feelings in this Scientific American MIND tour of the brain...
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Study demonstrates how memory can be preserved -- and forgetting prevented

A new study by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that specific brain areas actively orchestrate competition between memories.
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PD Summer: Understanding How the Brain Thinks (Part 1 of 5) | Edutopia

Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis describes how students' brains develop critical thinking skills and offers some instructional tips.
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Isn't That A ...? Clouded By Imagination : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR

Isn't That A ...? Clouded By Imagination : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR | What is the brain doing? | Scoop.it
Look up at the clouds, and many of you will see nothing — while others see amazing images emerge from the sky. Find out where you sit on the bell curve of cloud imagining.
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New understanding of brain chemistry could prevent brain damage after injury | e! Science News

A protective molecule has been identified in the brain which, if used artificially, may prevent brain damage from the likes of stroke, head injury and Alzheimer's.
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The Challenge of Understanding the Brain: Where We Stand in 2015: Neuron

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"Starting with the work of Cajal more than 100 years ago, neuroscience has sought to understand how the cells of the brain give rise to cognitive functions. How far has neuroscience progressed in this endeavor? This Perspective assesses progress in elucidating five basic brain processes: visual recognition, long-term memory, short-term memory, action selection, and motor control. Each of these processes entails several levels of analysis: the behavioral properties, the underlying computational algorithm, and the cellular/network mechanisms that implement that algorithm. At this juncture, while many questions remain unanswered, achievements in several areas of research have made it possible to relate specific properties of brain networks to cognitive functions. What has been learned reveals, at least in rough outline, how cognitive processes can be an emergent property of neurons and their connections."

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Children’s Brain Imaging Data Bank Could Become a ‘Google’ Tool for Doctors

Children’s Brain Imaging Data Bank Could Become a ‘Google’ Tool for Doctors | What is the brain doing? | Scoop.it
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Why Are Elderly Duped?

Researchers report they’ve pinpointed the precise location in the human brain, called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, that controls belief and doubt, and which explains why some of us are more gullible than others.
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Action videogames change brains

A team led by psychology professor Ian Spence at the University of Toronto reveals that playing an action videogame, even for a relatively short time, causes differences in brain activity and improvements in visual attention.
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Allen Institute for Brain Science: Home

Paul Allen's (co-founder of Microsoft) nonprofit center for basic neuroscience investigation.

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The Man Working To Reverse-Engineer Your Brain : NPR

The Man Working To Reverse-Engineer Your Brain : NPR | What is the brain doing? | Scoop.it

Sebastian Seung's book Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are discusses "how mapping out our neural connections in our brains might be the key to understanding the basis of things like personality, memory, perception and ideas, as well as illnesses that happen in the brain, like autism and schizophrenia."

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Summer PD: The Brain-Based Benefits of Writing for Math and Science Learning (Part 2 of 5) | Edutopia

Writing enhances executive functioning in the brain, making it an important component of math and science curriculum.
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New gene for intellectual disability discovered | e! Science News

A gene linked to intellectual disability was found in a study involving the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) – a discovery that was greatly accelerated by international collaboration and new genetic sequencing technology, which is now...
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Researchers determine region of the brain necessary for making decisions about economic value

Researchers determine region of the brain necessary for making decisions about economic value | What is the brain doing? | Scoop.it
Neuroeconomic research at the University of Pennsylvania has conclusively identified a part of the brain that is necessary for making everyday decisions about value.
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For hearing parts of brain, deafness reorganizes sensory inputs, not behavioral function

For hearing parts of brain, deafness reorganizes sensory inputs, not behavioral function | What is the brain doing? | Scoop.it
– The part of the brain that uses hearing to determine sound location is reorganized in deaf animals to locate visual targets, according to a new study by a team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Western...
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