Author Archives: NeuroscienceLab

The three clocks that make up our concept of time

Thanks to this particular study as well as the succeeding ones, we now know that there are three clocks that govern how we perceive “time” — the body clock, the solar clock, and the social clock. Source: JStor Daily

Gesture study showed that our body language can be heard

Even without seeing the messenger, we can pick up each other’s body language, say researchers. Source: Technology Networks

World-first Artificial Neurons Created To Fight Chronic Diseases

Artificial neurons on silicon chips that behave just like the real thing have been invented by scientists – a first-of-its-kind achievement with enormous scope for medical devices to cure chronic diseases, such as heart failure, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases of neuronal degeneration. Critically the artificial neurons not only behave just like biological neurons but only need one billionth the power of a microprocessor, making them ideally suited for use in medical implants and other bio-electronic devices. Source: Technology Networks

“Tatoo electrodes” can now be used to measure brain activity

The new tattoo electrodes are the very first dry electrode type that is suitable for long-term EEG measurements and at the same time compatible with magneto-encephalography (MEG). MEG is a well-established method for monitoring brain activity, for which so far only so-called “wet electrodes” can be used. Such electrodes work on the basis of electrolyte, gel or an electrode paste, and thus dry out quickly and are unsuitable for long-term measurements. Source: Technology Networks

People May Know the Best Decision – and Not Make It

When faced with a decision, people may know which choice gives them the best chance of success, but still take the other option, a new study suggests. Source: Technology Networks

When damaged, the adult brain repairs itself by going back to the beginning

When adult brain cells are injured, they revert to an embryonic state, according to new findings published in the April 15, 2020 issue of Nature by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues elsewhere. The scientists report that in their newly adopted immature state, the cells become capable of re-growing new connections that, under the right conditions, can help to restore lost function. Source: Medical Xpress

A gut-to-brain circuit drives sugar preference

Sweet tasting foods don’t only trigger the taste buds, they also switch on a neurological pathway that begins in the gut. In the intestines, signals of sugar ingestion travel to the brain, sparking an appetite for more sweet foods. However, this pathway only responds to sugars, not artificial sweeteners. Source: Neuroscience News  

Internet use reduces study skills in university students

Students who spend a significant amount of their time surfing the web have lower motivation to study and reduced academic performance. Source: Neuroscience News

Fonts in campaign communications have liberal or conservative leanings

Individuals perceive certain fonts used on political campaign signs as having partisan leanings. The more people view a font as aligned with their ideology, the more they favor it. Source: Neuroscience News

Men and women have equal spatial cognition skills

Despite popular belief, men are not better (or worse) than women at spatial cognition tasks. However, men and women approach mental rotational tasks in different ways. Source: Neuroscience News