Study Shows Blind Children Can Repurpose Their Brain’s Visual Center

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Source: Blind children can repurpose brain’s visual center to process speech – study A recent study at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore has shown that parts of the brain once thought to be primarily devoted to processing vision can be recruited by blind children as young as five to process speech. In the world of neurology, this could have real implications …

Monkey ‘Brain-Net’ Raises Prospect of Human Brain-to-Brain Connection

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Source: Monkey ‘Brain-Net’ Raises Prospect of Human Brain-to-Brain Connection “Essentially we created a super-brain – a collective brain created from three monkey brains. Nobody has ever done that before.” – Miguel Nicolelis, Duke University Recently, three monkeys have joined together to form a “brain-net” – meaning scientists have found a way to link together their brains in a way that allowed …

New Study Brings Together Neuroscience and Psychology to Paint a More Complete Picture of Sleep and Memory

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Source: New Study Brings Together Neuroscience and Psychology to Paint a More Complete Picture of Sleep and Memory A new study from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) integrates neuroscience and psychological research to show in animal models that sleep suppresses the activity of certain nerve cells that promote forgetting, insuring that at least some memories will last. …

Big journals are bad for science

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How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science The incentives offered by top journals distort science, just as big bonuses distort banking These journals create a skewed incentive scheme to support flashy scientists and bogus science. This is the right business model for popular celebrity magazines, but those magazines don’t have the same consequence for medicine, policy and …

Left lateralizing transcranial direct current stimulation improves reading efficiency

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BACKGROUND: Poor reading efficiency is the most persistent problem for adults with developmental dyslexia. Previous research has demonstrated a relationship between left posterior temporal cortex (pTC) function and reading ability, regardless of dyslexia status. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: In this study, we tested whether enhancing left lateralization of pTC using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) improves reading efficiency in adults without dyslexia. METHOD: …