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Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! (commonly referred to as just Brain Age), which is known as Dr.Many studies have been done on the effectiveness of Brain Age, with conflicting results.

Scientists nail down the network topology of the human circadian clock

Scientists nail down the network topology of the human circadian clock Our own circadian clock controls things as diverse and important as sleep, hunger, body temperature, hormone levels, and even cell cycles.The anatomical correlate of the circadian clock is in the SCN.

Scientists invent machine that can (sort of) read your mind

Neuroscientists have devised a way for an fMRI to read a person’s mind… sort of.The process of recreating faces from brain activity started with a training phase.

Neuroscientists just isolated the part of the brain that controls free will

Neuroscientists just isolated the part of the brain that controls free will “How do we peek into people’s brains and find out how we make choices entirely on our own?” asked Susan Courtney, a professor of psychological and brain sciences and coauthor of the report.

The Human Connectome Project zeroes in on the firmware of the brain

The Human Connectome Project zeroes in on the firmware of the brain “The brain is not like a computer that can support any operating system and run any software,” says neuroscientist David Van Essen, Principal Investigator of the Human Connectome Project.“Instead, the software — how the brain works — is intimately correlated with the brain’s structure — its hardware, so to speak.

Huge Pew study says human augmentation will be a hard sell, but it probably won’t be

Huge Pew study says human augmentation will be a hard sell, but it probably won’t be There are basically two arguments against non-medical human augmentation.The study focuses most powerfully on gene editing of babies and adults, upgraded synthetic blood, and intracranial brain implants for cognitive enhancement.

This is your brain on physics: Scientists figure out how humans learn abstract concepts

This is your brain on physics: Scientists figure out how humans learn abstract concepts Scientists from CMU report that the brain handles scientific abstractions “using inherent, re-purposed brain systems,” according to Robert Mason, coauthor of their latest study.Then they fed those brain scans into a machine learning model, and found that the brain lit up in certain places in response to certain physics concepts, regardless of which person was doing the contemplating.

Scientists isolate the brain’s ‘physics engine,’ could lead to faster, more agile robots

Scientists isolate the brain’s ‘physics engine,’ could lead to faster, more agile robots Now, for the first time, Johns Hopkins scientists have located the part of the brain responsible for this basic, fundamental processing.These brain regions are also part of the multiple demand network, a widespread set of functional areas.

People born blind do math with their visual cortex

People born blind do math with their visual cortex When blind people read Braille, for example, their visual cortex becomes active, and deaf cats repurpose some auditory cortex to visually locate things in 3D space.When researchers compared fMRI scans from 17 people blind since birth to those of 18 people born with sight, they observed both groups’ occipital cortex lighting up when parsing sentences describing math problems.

Researchers find no evidence ‘brain training’ games offset aging, cognitive decline

Researchers find no evidence ‘brain training’ games offset aging, cognitive decline Several years ago, so-called “brain training” games from companies like Luminosity were all the rage.One group argued there was no benefit to using this type of brain-training, while another group of scientists later claimed there was evidence that brain training could provide a benefit.

Scientists develop a memristor that can be conditioned just like a real synapse

Scientists develop a memristor that can be conditioned just like a real synapse The memristor is made of a silicon-oxygen-nitrogen material laced with clumps of silver nanoparticles at the electrical terminals.When current is applied across the memristor, the silver nanoparticles shuffle around within their parent oxynitride matrix, to line up within a lightning-bolt-like path of least electrical resistance.

New probe measures electrical activity of hundreds of individual neurons in living brains

New probe measures electrical activity of hundreds of individual neurons in living brains To move beyond historically difficult and damaging methods of taking these readings, researchers from Caltech have demonstrated a minimally invasive probe for doing in vivo electrophysiology: real-time electrical recordings of living nerves in the brain.The probe can measure electrical activity in three dimensions, which could be a huge breakthrough for our understanding of cognition and neural activity.