Northwestern University professor Nina Kraus shed light on one of the brain’s most complex tasks — making sense of sound — during the recent Falling Walls conference in Berlin. The annual gathering features significant discoveries..
Is it a duck or a rabbit? The same sensory stimulus can produce different perceptions. Credit: Jastrow, J. (1899). The mind’s eye. Popular Science Monthly, 54, 299-312. Scientists have long known that when sounds are..
This is an artistic representation of the take home messages in Lunghi and Sale: “A cycling lane for brain rewiring,” which is that physical activity (such as cycling) is associated with increased brain plasticity.Credit: Dafne..
Artwork based on the characterization of the brain network underlying the hyperactivity of dopamine-producing neurons and the behavioral effects of cocaine.Credit: François Georges, PhD, Bordeaux University The burst of energy and hyperactivity that comes with..
Developing an original and creative idea requires the simultaneous activation of two completely different networks in the brain: the associative — “spontaneous” — network alongside the more normative — “conservative” — network; this according to..
This is an image of a human brain. The thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) surrounds the thalamus (pictured in red, with a switchboard in the background).Credit: Courtesy of Michael Halassa. Findings help explain how the brain..
MIT neuroscientists have discovered a brain circuit that can trigger small regions of the brain to fall asleep or become less alert, while the rest of the brain remains awake.Credit: Illustration by Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT Sleep..
Fifteen years ago, an odd mutant fruit fly caught the attention and curiosity of Dr. Ravi Allada, a circadian rhythms expert at Northwestern University, leading the neuroscientist to recently discover how an animal’s biological clock..
A Dartmouth researcher and his colleagues have discovered a way to predict human emotions based on brain activity. The study is unusual because of its accuracy — more than 90 percent — and the large..
New research suggests people modify language in this way because it makes things simpler for our minds — as speakers, listeners, and readers. Credit: Christine Daniloff/MIT Here’s a quick task: Take a look at the..