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Google Talk Deals With Zombies And Neuroscience

On Halloween, Google hosted a talk with neuroscientists Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek about neuroscience and zombies. Now as the holidays draw near, Google has made the talk available for our viewing pleasure (and in Night of the Living Dead black and white). The talk is mainly about Verstynen’s book “Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?” Google says: In this …

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Harry Potter Helps Unlock The Secrets Of The Brain

Harry Potter did a lot to get kids reading, and children all over the world are still discovering the joy of reading thanks to the adventures of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. It makes sense then that neuroscientists would use the books to study how our brain analyzes the written word. Carnegie Mellon University’s Machine Learning Department recently conducted a study …

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Autism Linked to Abnormal Neurons Formed in the Womb

Though it has been confirmed that autism is not caused by vaccines, health researchers are still unclear on exactly what does cause the condition. Research is continuing on the topic and this week a new study has shown that the origins of autism may actually start in the womb. The study, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, …

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Google Hosts Another Neuroscience Talk, This Time With ‘High Price’ Author Carl Hart

Dr. Carl Hart, neuroscientist and author of High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs And Society, recently gave an “At Google” talk, which the company has now made available online. The book is Hart’s memoir. He has authored or co-authored dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles about neuropsychopharmacology, and was the co-author of the …

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Robert Burton Talks ‘A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind’ At Google

Neuroscientist Robert Burton recently participated in an “At Google” talk, in which he discussed his latest book, ‘A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind.” Google has now made it available for all to watch. The book’s description: In A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind, Robert Burton brings together clinical observations, practical thought experiments, personal anecdotes, and cutting-edge neuroscience to decipher what …

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People Are Now Controlling Drones With Their Minds

The drones of today are controlled via a remote control. The drones of tomorrow will be controlled via your brain. University of Minnesota Biomedical Engineering Professor Bin He recently unveiled his latest project – a drone that can be controlled with brain waves. The device in question is a skullcap with a variety of sensors place on the outside of …

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Alzheimer’s Treatment Could Restore Brain Cell Memory

A new study has shown that a drug intended to treat diabetes could restore memory in brain cells affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, demonstrated that a drug named AC253, which never made it to market as a diabetes treatment, could block the effects of amyloid protein in the brain. Amyloids can lead to …

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Mental Health Could Be Affected By Social Isolation, Shows Study

A new study suggests that isolation can result in reduced production of myelin – a protective nerve fiber – and could contribute to developing mental illness. Myelin acts as an “insulating material” around the areas of nerve cells that send impulses to other nerve cells. Production of the fiber is controlled by nerve cells called oligodendrocytes, but is lost in …

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Diabetes Treatment Shown to Improve Memory For Alzheimer’s Patients

A new study shows that a drug used to treat insulin resistance in diabetics could improve cognitive performance in some people with Alzheimer’s disease. In the study, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, the drug rosiglitazone was used on mice that have been genetically engineered to serve as models for Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found that treatment with the …

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Device That Reads Minds May Become a Reality

Have you ever wondered what or if a coma patient was thinking? Have you ever wanted to read someone’s mind or have your own mind read? Well, it seems your curiosity could be answered. A device that measures brain waves of brain damaged patients in hospitals could be adapted to be used as a mind reading device. In the video, …

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