Tag: Brain

Psychology Around the Net: August 11, 2018

Gear up and get ready for the latest in mental health news, Psych Central readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers a disturbing new trend involving selfies and plastic surgery, why some mental health professionals believe shopping addiction should be recognized as a mental illness, how mindfulness might not be the best practice for […]

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Boy Who Had Chunk Of Brain Removed Has Almost Fully Recovered

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (CBS Local) – Doctors in Pennsylvania say a young boy has almost fully recovered after having a large portion of his brain removed. The boy, identified as U.D. in the Cell Reports study, suffered a seizure at age four and developed epilepsy after that. Doctors found that the child was suffering from a slow-growing tumor that required […]

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The Checkup: As Easy as Riding a Bike

But as those children grow up and learn to ride, they are mastering a very complex process. Mont Hubbard and Ron Hess, each now a professor emeritus of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, Davis, worked on the project of modeling the system of bicycle and human rider from the point of […]

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For Scientists Racing to Cure Alzheimer’s, the Math Is Getting Ugly

The task facing Eli Lilly, the giant pharmaceutical company, sounds simple enough: Find 375 people with early Alzheimer’s disease for a bold new clinical trial aiming to slow or stop memory loss. There are 5.4 million Alzheimer’s patients in the United States. You’d think it would be easy to find that many participants for a […]

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Google researchers create AI that maps the brain’s neurons

Mapping the structure of biological networks in the nervous system — a field of study known as connectomics — is computationally intensive. The human brain contains around 86 billion neurons networked through 100 trillion synapses, and imaging a single cubic millimeter of tissue can generate more than 1,000 terabytes of data. Luckily, artificial intelligence can […]

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Brain Study Finds People Actually Get Dumber During A Heat Wave

BOSTON, Mass. (CBS Local) – With many states dealing with record-high temperatures and massive heat waves, many people are probably sick of summer already. A new study says that your brain may hate the heat more than you do. Researchers at Harvard University have discovered that a person’s brain works 13 percent slower when it has […]

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Trilobites: Owls See the World Much Like We Do

Advertisement Barn owls have simpler brains than primates, but they can process information about things moving in their environment in a similarly complex way. July 3, 2018 ImageEven though barn owls have simple brains, a new study suggests they can visually process objects in ways similar to that of animals with more sophisticated perception.CreditJean-Christophe Verhaegen/Agence […]

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Voices in AI – Episode 54: A Conversation with Ahmad Abdulkader

Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese Advertisement About this Episode Episode 54 of Voices in AI features host Byron Reese and Ahmad Abdulkader talking about the brain, learning, and education as well as privacy and AI policy. Ahmad Abdulkader is the CTO of Voicera. Before that he was the technical lead of […]

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A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds

The virus theory is far from being accepted by most Alzheimer’s experts. Some raise the chicken-or-egg question: Could viruses found in greater amounts in Alzheimer’s brains be consequences of the disease or even, as Dr. Lennart Mucke, director of the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in San Francisco said, “innocent bystanders”? Dr. Mucke called the […]

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Matter: Hot Heads: Why Mammals Need R.E.M. Sleep

Advertisement Sleeping fur seals toggle between two brain patterns: one while at sea, the other on land. Researchers suggest that R.E.M. sleep serves to warm the brain. June 7, 2018 ImageFur seals can switch off and on R.E.M. sleep when they’re in the sea and on land, a pattern never seen before. Scientists believe it […]

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