Tag Archives: brains

Brain metabolism predicts intelligence

A healthy brain is critical to a person’s cognitive abilities, but measuring brain health can be a complicated endeavor. A new study by University of Illinois researchers reports that healthy brain metabolism corresponds with fluid intelligence – a measure of … Continue reading

Posted in Brains, Intelligence | Tagged ,

How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things

Recent research provides a whole new understanding of the brain’s amygdala—and suggests that happy people take the bad with the good. You drop a glass while making breakfast. You get stuck in traffic on your way to work. Your boss … Continue reading

Posted in Brains | Tagged

Your Brain might be hard-wired for Empathy and Altruism

It’s an age-old quandary: Are we born “noble savages” whose best intentions are corrupted by civilization, as the 18th century Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau contended? Or are we fundamentally selfish brutes who need civilization to rein in our base impulses, … Continue reading

Posted in Altruism, Brains, Empathy | Tagged , ,

Complex learning dismantles barriers in the brain

Biology lessons teach us that the brain is divided into separate areas, each of which processes a specific sense. But findings to be published in eLife show we can supercharge it to be more flexible. Scientists at the Jagiellonian University … Continue reading

Posted in Brain networks, Brains, Complex cognition | Tagged , ,

How the Brain Processes Music

Researchers reveal the right homologue of the Broca’s area plays a major role in the processing of music. Vincent Cheung, along with Angela Friederici, has been investigating non-local dependencies in music and trying to determine how the human brain processes … Continue reading

Posted in Brains, Music | Tagged ,

Can Neuroscience Explain the Human Mind?

Brain research has made great strides in recent decades. With new technology, we can detect brain activity underlying perception, thought, emotion and decision-making: we can almost read a person’s mind. What does this mean for our image of human beings … Continue reading

Posted in Brains, Mind, Neuroscience | Tagged , ,

The Learning Brain is less Flexible than previously believed

According to researchers, when learning a new task, the brain is less flexible than previously believed. Nobody really knows how the activity in your brain reorganizes as you learn new tasks, but new research from Carnegie Mellon University and the … Continue reading

Posted in Brains, Learning | Tagged ,

Brain Activity at Rest Provides Clue to Intelligence

A new study reports our level of brain activity while at rest is linked to our ability to perform well in cognitive tests. The ability of an adult to learn and to perform cognitive tests is directly linked to how … Continue reading

Posted in Brains, Intelligence | Tagged ,

Genes for Aging Brain Deterioration Discovered

Researchers have discovered 250 new genes involved in brain aging, including Dbx2 which may prematurely age stem cells. A group of genes and genetic switches involved in age-related brain deterioration have been identified by scientists at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge … Continue reading

Posted in Aging, Brains | Tagged ,

A glimpse into the workings of the baby brain

In adults, certain regions of the brain’s visual cortex respond preferentially to specific types of input, such as faces or objects — but how and when those preferences arise has long puzzled neuroscientists. One way to help answer that question … Continue reading

Posted in Baby, Brains | Tagged ,