The Next Generation of Hearing Implants Could Be SoftNews
Close to half a million people around the world suffer from a serious hearing impairment. Cochlear implants, whilst useful for some patients, do not help people whose inner ear is damaged or whose auditory nerve does not function properly. Now, researchers have developed a soft variant of an implant that communicates directly with the brainstem.READ MORE
Unexpected Pretzel Study Explores Baby Brain RhythmsNews
Babies seek to understand the world around them and learn many new things every day. Unexpected events – for example a game of peek-a-boo – provide researchers with the unique opportunity to understand infants’ learning processes.READ MORE
Mouse Study Can Explain How the Brain Turns Pain Up or DownNews
A new study in mice uncovered a previously unknown role that the central amygdala can play in upgrading or downgrading pain signals in the brain’s circuitry.READ MORE
Researchers have uncovered sex-based differences in the development of the hippocampus and amygdala. These brain areas have been implicated in the biology of several mental disorders that impact males and females differently.READ MORE
To investigate the biological origins of hearing "voices" in patients with schizophrenia, researchers used ultra-high field imaging to compare the auditory cortex of schizophrenic patients with healthy individuals. They found that schizophrenic patients had abnormal tonotopic organization of the auditory cortex, which is a process that begins early in life.READ MORE
A study by LMU psychologists has investigated how reciprocity as a prosocial trait develops in children up to the age of 5.
A new toolkit goes beyond existing machine learning methods by measuring body posture in animals with high speed and accuracy. The deep learning toolkit, called DeepPoseKit, combines previous methods for pose estimation with state-of-the-art developments in computer science.READ MORE
Many new parents are familiar with terms like "baby brain" or "mommy brain" that hint at an unavoidable decline in cognitive function associated with the hormonal changes of pregnancy, childbirth, and maternal caregiving. A new study of parental care in stickleback fish is a reminder that such parenting-induced changes in the brain and associated shifts in cognition and behavior are not just for females--and they're not just for mammals either.READ MORE
Biologists have made a major finding on combating inflammation linked to the disease. The discovery concerns the role of a protein called TOM-1, and is part of a shift in the field toward examining the molecular underpinnings of Alzheimer's processes.READ MORE
Scientists have discovered a potential structural connection between awareness or consciousness and its contents, such as thoughts and experiences.READ MORE
A new study has suggested that young people who are dependent upon their smartphones may be at an increased risk for depression and loneliness.READ MORE
Relaxing is supposed to be good for the body and soul, but people with anxiety may actively resist relaxation and continue worrying to avoid a large jump in anxiety if something bad does happen, according to Penn State research.