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The brain predicts words before they are pronounced

The brain is not only able to finish the sentences of others: A study by the Basque research centre BCBL has shown for the first time that it can also anticipate an auditory stimulus and determine the phonemes and specific … Continue reading

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Life’s Purpose Rests in Brain’s Drive to Extract Meaning From the World

A new article questions what gives us purpose in life? Researchers speculate it is our drive to extract meaning from the world around us. What is the purpose of life? Whatever you may think is the answer, you might, from … Continue reading

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How life history modulates the brain’s social pain network

A growing body of work demonstrates that the brain responds similarly to physical and social injury. Both experiences are associated with activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) and anterior insula. This dual functionality of the dACC and anterior … Continue reading

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How Social Isolation Transforms the Brain

A new study reveals the neurobiological effects of social isolation in mice. Researchers report a neurochemical called tachykinin is overproduced during long term social isolation, leading to increased aggression and fear. Chronic social isolation has debilitating effects on mental health … Continue reading

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How Decisions Form in the Brain

Researchers describe what happens in the brain just prior to making a decision. Real-time monitoring of the dynamics of endogenous molecules in organisms is an important aspect in the study of diseases. However, this process is difficult because of issues … Continue reading

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Decoding the Brain’s Learning Machine

A new study sheds light on how the cerebellum is able to make predictions and learn from mistakes, especially when it comes to completing complex motor actions. The findings could help in the development of new machine learning technologies. In … Continue reading

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How the Brain Translates Altruism into Feelings of Thankfulness

Feelings of gratitude following an altruistic experience may arise as a result of the integration of relevant social information in the perigenual anterior cingulate cortex, researchers report. A brain network that gives rise to feelings of gratitude has been uncovered … Continue reading

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Mental, physical exercises produce distinct brain benefits

Cognitive brain training improves executive function whereas aerobic activity improves memory, according to new Center for BrainHealth research at The University of Texas at Dallas. The study, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, found that healthy adults who participated in … Continue reading

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The Science behind Retraining your Brain

Yes, you can teach an old brain new tricks! Neuroplasticity is a fancy term that describes this phenomenon but you may be wondering why this is important. Most people enjoy the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality but … Continue reading

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How we recall the past

Neuroscientists discover a brain circuit dedicated to retrieving memories. When we have a new experience, the memory of that event is stored in a neural circuit that connects several parts of the hippocampus and other brain structures. Each cluster of … Continue reading

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