Films Can Synchronize Viewers’ Heartbeats, Even If They Don’t Watch Together
When people watch a film or listen to a recording, strange things happen to their physiology. Scientists have noted that such social activities –or even having a conversation with another person – can induce synchronization between participants’ brain activity and heart rate. Now, a new study suggests that we can experience synchronization together, even when we observe something alone.
The Brain’s “Blue Spot” May Help Identify Alzheimer’s Earlier
The locus coeruleus (LC) is a minuscule region of the brain that plays an outsized role in how our central nervous system functions. A new study suggests changes in the LC might provide a novel way of indicating the early spread of Alzheimer’s disease through the brain.
Kindergarten Language Skills Linked to White Matter Structure in Infancy
Following dozens of children over the course of five years, a Boston University researcher has taken the closest look yet at the link between how babies’ brains are structured in infancy and their ability to learn a language at a young age, and to what degree their environment plays a role in brain and language development.
Semantic Memory's Brain Signature Identified Using Expert Mice
Research has shown that mice can become experts in sorting images by subtle differences.
Mood Algorithm Can Predict Your Preferences Better Than You Can
A new study shows that using mathematical equations with continuous mood sampling may be better at assessing what people prefer over asking them directly.
New Cause of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Discovered
A research team has identified a new gene as a cause of an inherited heart condition that affects one in 500 people.
Exploring the Evolution of the Human Growth Hormone Receptor Gene
Research has shown that a variant of the human growth hormone receptor gene (GHRd3), may help people survive in situations where resources are scarce or unpredictable.
Aerosols Formed From Plant-Emitted Compounds Can Make Clouds Brighter
A study by Finnish researchers has estimated the impact of volatile organic compounds emitted by boreal forests on aerosol concentration and cloud properties.
Origin and Legacy of the Etruscans
A new study by a team of scholars from Germany, Italy, USA, Denmark and the UK, sheds light on the origin and legacy of the enigmatic Etruscans with genome-wide data from 82 ancient individuals from central and southern Italy, spanning 800 BCE to 1000 CE.
Combining Complex Data To Provide New Insights Into Cancer Evolution
For advanced cancers, integrated DNA analyses may help pinpoint overlooked mechanisms that cancer cells use to metastasize, which may be promising targets for therapy development.
Software Allows Researchers To Grow and Treat Virtual Tumors
A platform has been developed to allow scientists to grow virtual tumors. It also harnesses artificial intelligence to optimize the design of nanoparticles to treat them.
Team Plans To Target Oncogene To Selectively Kill Breast Cancer Cells
A research project has been awarded a Breast Cancer Research Program Breakthrough grant from the US Department of Defense and aims to bring novel therapies from the laboratory bench to the help of patients suffering from metastatic breast cancer.