Earworm Songs Help Boost Our Long Term Memory
New research from UC Davis suggests these experiences are more than a passing nuisance -- they play an important role in helping memories form, not only for the song, but also related life events like hanging out with friends, or watching other people hang with their friends on the '90s television show, Friends.
The Vagus Nerve's Control Center Helps the Brain Track What We Eat
Researchers have looked at the nerve cells in the control center of the vagus nerve and discovered that the cells innervate different regions of the gut and differentially control satiety and blood sugar levels.
50-Year Study Shows How Early Learning Shapes the Brain
Scientists say that an enhanced learning environment during the first five years of life shapes the brain in ways that are apparent four decades later.
Loss of Spinal Cord Connections May Trigger ALS
A new study suggests that the network connection between nerve cells in the spinal cord seems to play a critical role in the development of the severe disease ALS.
Brain Training App Helps Users Cut Down on Junk Food
Using a brain-training app helps people eat less junk food and lose weight, new research suggests.
Algorithm Could Enable Activity-Sensing Brain Stimulation Devices
A new algorithm could be an important step toward adaptive deep brain stimulation (DBS). The algorithm removes a key hurdle that makes it difficult for DBS systems to sense brain signals while simultaneously delivering stimulation.
New Knowledge on “Mysterious” Genotype-Phenotype Associations
A new study analyzing the association between an individual’s genetics (genotype) and their observable characteristics resulting from the interaction of genetics and the environment (phenotype), contributes new knowledge to the understanding of human complex traits and diseases.
Neural Network Performs Complex Hand Movements in New Simulation
A simulation of a robotic hand implemented on the EBRAINS research infrastructure is beginning to perform human-like digit configurations.
Study of 1.2 Million People Explores Genetic Risk for Depression
A massive genome-wide association study (GWAS) of genetic and health records of 1.2 million people from four separate data banks has identified 178 gene variants linked to major depression, a disorder that will affect one of every five people during their lifetimes.
Duetting Songbirds Mute Their Partner's Mind To Stay in Sync
A new study of duetting songbirds from Ecuador, the plain-tail wren (Pheugopedius euophrys), has offered an explanation of the mysterious connection between successful performing duos.
Otter App Helps Couples Communicate
A team has produced an app called Significant Otter that allows couples to communicate with each other based on their sensed heart rate.