SfN.org – Neuroscience in the News: September 16 – September 22

Brain Scans Let Computer Reconstruct Movie Scenes

ABC – September 22
While volunteers watched movie clips, a scanner watched their brains. And from their brain activity, a computer made rough reconstructions of what they viewed.

Sex DOES sell… and here’s why:

Daily Mail – September 22
Attractive men and women in adverts affect our capacity for rational thought

Why Being Relaxed Makes Us Spend Too Much Money

WIRED – September 21
People who feel relaxed spend far more freely than those who feel less at ease, even when they are in an equivalent emotional state.

Bombs’ hidden impact: The brain war

Nature – September 21
Wartime explosions may be creating an epidemic of brain damage — and a major challenge for scientists.

Musicians Stay Sharp

Scientific American – September 21
Playing an instrument as a kid leads to a sharper mind in old age, according to a new study.

Understanding The Mysterious Teenage Brain

NPR – September 20
It’s a question that has plagued parents for generations: Why do teenagers act the way they do? Why the angst, anger and unnecessary risks? Many scientists say a growing body of research may provide some answers.

Yawning may cool your brain

Daily Mail – September 20
Scientists at Princeton University found a big yawn can regulate the temperature of the brain and prevent over-heating.

Electrical impulses grow new brain cells

United Press International – September 20
An animal study shows electrical stimulation of a specific region of the brain may produce new brain cells that enhance memory, Canadian researchers say.

Learning to see: How vision sharpens

CNN – September 19
Though vision feels seamless, the brain constructs its image of the world from neural activity in dozens of interconnected regions that specialize in particular aspects of seeing.

UK’s first brain tumour tissue bank launched in Glasgow

BBC – September 19
The bank will provide access to samples of brain tumours for anyone conducting research – with the aim of helping scientists find new treatments.

New life after brain surgery

The Seattle Times – September 18
Canadian researchers found that benefits of deep brain stimulation for patients with Parkinson’s disease can last at least 10 years.

Research suggests brain training for babies works

The Telegraph – September 17
Babies can learn to concentrate by playing “brain-training” computer games, according to new research.

Zen Brain: Exploring The Connection Between Neuroscience And Meditation

Huffington Post – September 17
In Zen Brain retreats, prominent scientists and Zen practitioners explore Buddhist, neuro-scientific and clinical science perspectives on topics like altruism, compassion and consciousness.

Research Reveals Why Hungry People Get Cranky

U.S. News & World Report – September 16
Stress, hunger trigger fluctuating levels of the hormone serotonin in the brain, scans show

Nokia app powers portable brain scanner

New Scientist – September 16
You can now hold your brain in the palm of your hand. For the first time, a scanner powered by a smartphone will let you monitor your neural signals on the go.

Electric thinking cap promises a new era of high-voltage learning

The Telegraph – September 16
Oxford scientists believe that applying a small current to a specific part of the brain helps people learn.

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