News in Neuroscience

Neuroscience in the News: September 11 - September 17

Feeling Introspective? Your Brain Structure May Be Key  
U.S. News & World Report – September 16 
Those good at 'thinking about thinking' have more gray matter in certain area of the brain, scans show

Noninvasive Brain Stimulation May Aid Stroke Recovery  
BusinessWeek – September 16 
A noninvasive method of brain stimulation helped partially paralyzed stroke patients regain a significant amount of muscle function, a new study indicates.

Where Your Brain Figures Out What It Doesn’t Know   
NPR – September 16 
If you've ever watched Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, you've watched people engaged in something called metacognition.

Cyber Sensitive: Therapeutic Buddy Bots Get Emotional 
Scientific American – September 15 
Robotic companions that are capable of expressing some emotion might be better as pals for autistic children as well as mentors and health advisors for young diabetic patients

Brain biology, not hormones, may be to blame for postpartum depression, researchers say    
Los Angeles Times – September 15  
The brains of women suffering from postpartum depression reacted differently to images of faces that were scared or angry than did the brains of healthy moms.

Bees Work Wonders When Babies Need Them  
Scientific American – September 14  
They morph into round-the-clock nursemaids, but only when they are in direct contact with the hive's larvae

Kids Literally See Differently Than Adults, Research Shows 
BusinessWeek – September 14  
Visual and sensory information is not blended in children's brains, study finds

A Memory Aid: Consistent Brain Patterns   
U.S. News & World Report – September 14  
People are more likely to remember information if the pattern of activity in their brain is roughly the same with each review, according to psychologists at USC, the University of Texas at Austin and Beijing Normal University.

Wheelchair Makes the Most of Brain Control  
MIT Technology Review – September 13  
Artificial intelligence improves a wheelchair system that could give paralyzed people greater mobility.

Study: Looks don’t deceive on snack choices 
USA Today – September 13  
Seeing is believing, or at least believing you want a snack, suggest scientists

Walking helps keep body and brain young  
Reuters – September 13  
Research shows that walking can actually boost the connectivity within brain circuits, which tends to diminish as the grey hairs multiply.

Treating Blindness Takes More Than Meets the Eye  
NPR – September 13 
For some patients, the cure for blindness will have to include the brain as well as the eye. 

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