Author Archives: NeuroscienceLab

In a First, Patient Controls Two Prosthetic Arms with His Thoughts


Researchers have, for the first time, demonstrated simultaneous control of two of the world’s most advanced prosthetic limbs through a brain-machine interface. The team is also developing strategies for providing sensory feedback for both hands at the same time using neural stimulation. (Source: Neuroscience News, Oct 18, 2019)

Social Synchronization in the EEG


Humans operate within a social context.  The study of social synchronization or ‘hyperscanning’ using EEG  is beginning to reveal insight into human interactions. (Source: Jennifer J Newson, SapienLabs)

The Fantastical Claims of Consumer Brain Wearables


Consumer brain recording technologies make all sorts of claims that are simply not substantiated in the literature at the level of individual predictions. (Source: Tara Thiagarajan, SapienLabs)  

Fatherhood


Call it dad brain. Studies show that becoming a father changes men’s brains in ways that help them tackle the complex tasks of being a parent, leading neuroscientists say. By Shen Wu Tan – The Washington Times – Saturday, June 15, 2019

Exploring the science of decision-making


When faced with complex choices, people show bursts of exploration before settling into preferred options of higher value. Source: Neuroscience News, May 22 2019

‘Imagine’


  Our attitudes can be influenced by both our imagination and experiences. The ventromedial prefrontal cortex plays a key role by binding together information based on existing knowledge and constructing imaginary events to help shape our attitudes of a situation. Roland G. Benoit, Philipp C. Paulus & Daniel L. Schacter, (2019), ‘Imagine…’ Our attitudes can change solely by the power of imagination, Neuroscience News, May 17.

Sniffing pleasant odours may decrease cigarette craving


Pleasant olfactory cues hold promise for helping to curb the urge to smoke in those who are quitting. Exposure to olfactory cues reduced symptoms of cravings, with effects lasting up to five minutes following exposure. Sayette, M A. et. al., 2019, “Journal of Abnormal Psychology”.

Brain marker for angry dreams


People with greater frontal alpha asymmetry are less able to regulate strong, emotional, affective states, such as anger, in their dreams. Researchers have identified a pattern of brain activity that predicts anger experienced during dreaming, according to a new study of healthy adults published in Journal of Neuroscience. Source: Sikka, P et. al., 2019, Journal of Neuroscience

Caffeine on the mind?


  Just looking at something that reminds us of coffee can cause our minds to become more alert and attentive, according to a new University of Toronto study. People who experience physiological arousal – again, in this case as the result of priming and not drinking coffee itself – see the world in more specific, detailed terms. This research may be of interest in better understanding a range of consumer-related behaviors, and for marketers in considering retail store locations. Source: […]

Time slows as we age


A Duke University researcher has a new explanation for why those endless days of childhood seemed to last so much longer than they do now. According to Adrian Bejan, the J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke, this apparent temporal discrepancy can be blamed on the ever-slowing speed at which images are obtained and processed by the human brain as the body ages resulting in a slower rate of image processing which speeds up our perception of time as […]