Neuroscience

Play an instrument? You probably react faster, too

Play an instrument? You probably react faster, too

Could learning to play a musical instrument help the elderly react faster and stay alert? Quite likely, according to a new study by Université de...
Brain stimulation used like a scalpel to improve memory

Brain stimulation used like a scalpel to improve memory

Northwestern Medicine scientists showed for the first time that non-invasive brain stimulation can be used like a scalpel, rather than like a hammer, to...
Math difficulties may reflect problems in a crucial learning system in the brain

Math difficulties may reflect problems in a crucial learning system in the brain

Children differ substantially in their mathematical abilities. In fact, some children cannot routinely add or subtract, even after extensive schooling. Yet the causes of...
What causes déjà vu: Glitches in the brain or a glimpse into the future?

What causes déjà vu: Glitches in the brain or a glimpse into the future?

You walk into a room and suddenly your brain goes fuzzy with an overwhelming wave of familiarity—although this is a totally new experience. Like something...
Glia, not neurons, are most affected by brain aging

Glia, not neurons, are most affected by brain aging

The difference between an old brain and a young brain isn't so much the number of neurons but the presence and function of supporting...
Less-stress neurons identified

Less-stress neurons identified

When we encounter stressful situations, the brain sets off a chain reaction – firing up everything from our pulse to our anxiety and fear...
Elevated brain blood flow linked to anxiety and mood symptoms in women

Elevated brain blood flow linked to anxiety and mood symptoms in women

Adolescence is a critical period for emotional maturation and is a time when significant symptoms of anxiety and depression can increase, particularly in females. Prior...
The science of baby's first sight

The science of baby’s first sight

When a newborn opens her eyes, she does not see well at all. You, the parent, are a blurry shape of light and dark....
How the brain coordinates copulation

How the brain coordinates copulation

Scientists have identified the neural pathway in male fruit flies that allows them to perform their complex mating ritual, paving the way for deeper...
How the brain perceives rhythm

How the brain perceives rhythm

When it comes to perceiving music, the human brain is much more tuned in to certain types of rhythms than others, according to a...