Neuroscience

Scientists unlock secret of how the brain encodes speech

Scientists unlock secret of how the brain encodes speech

People like the late Stephen Hawking can think about what they want to say, but are unable to speak because their muscles are paralyzed. In...
Why it doesn't get dark when you blink

Why it doesn’t get dark when you blink

Every five seconds we close our eyes and blink to moisten them. During this brief moment no light falls on our retina yet it is...

What your smartphone camera tells you about your brain?

Driving down a dark country road at night, you see a shape ahead on the roadside. Is it a deer or a mailbox? Your brain is...

Schizophrenia may be an extreme of a common personality

Researchers have found that the signals in people's brains differ depending on a particular aspect of an individual's personality, termed Schizotypy, a discovery that...
What can woodpeckers teach us about preventing concussions

What can woodpeckers teach us about preventing concussions?

It turns out that small variations in head and neck position during head-on impact may significantly affect the risk of brain injury. Rotational acceleration is...
Eyes have a natural version of night vision

Eyes have a natural version of night vision

Cells in retina change their duties to help the brain detect motion To see under starlight and moonlight, the retina of the eye changes both...

Brain has natural noise-cancelling circuit

To ensure that a mouse hears the sounds of an approaching cat better than it hears the sounds its own footsteps make, the mouse's...
We may hear others' footsteps, but how do we ignore our own

We may hear others’ footsteps, but how do we ignore our own

A team of scientists has uncovered the neural processes mice use to ignore their own footsteps, a discovery that offers new insights into how...

5 things about concussions everyone should know

Stanford physician Angela Lumba-Brown, MD, explains what families should know about children's brain injuries. Lumba-Brown first learned about concussions from personal experience. "I had two...

Scientists discover a destructive mechanism that blocks the brain from knowing when to stop...

An international team of researchers has uncovered a destructive mechanism at the molecular level that causes a well-known phenomenon associated with obesity, called leptin...