Brain Science articles

Here’s why ‘baby talk’ is good for your baby

Here’s why ‘baby talk’ is good for your baby

By Catherine E. Laing, Duke University. When we read, it’s very easy for us to tell individual words apart: In written language, spaces are used to separate words from one another. But this is not the case with spoken language – speech is a stream of sound, from which the listener has to separate words

What causes mind blanks during exams?

By Jared Cooney Horvath, University of Melbourne and Jason M Lodge, University of Melbourne. It’s a pattern many of us have likely experienced in the past. You prep for an exam and all the information seems coherent and simple. Then you sit for an exam and suddenly all the information you learned is gone. You

Can great apes read your mind? [Videos]

By Christopher Krupenye, Max Planck Institute. One of the things that defines humans most is our ability to read others’ minds – that is, to make inferences about what others are thinking. To build or maintain relationships, we offer gifts and services – not arbitrarily, but with the recipient’s desires in mind. When we communicate,

New Brain Implant Enables Monkeys to Type Sections of Hamlet Just by Thinking [Video]

New technology allowed monkeys to transcribe passages from the New York Times and Hamlet at a rate of 12 words per minute. The method, developed by scientists Krishna Shenoy, a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University, and postdoctoral fellow Paul Nuyujukian, directly reads brain signals to drive a cursor moving over a keyboard. Earlier versions

Scientists Use Ultrasound to Jump Start Man’s Brain

UCLA reports in a news release that a 25-year-old man recovering from a coma has made remarkable progress following a treatment at UCLA to jump-start his brain using ultrasound. The technique uses sonic stimulation to excite the neurons in the thalamus, an egg-shaped structure that serves as the brain’s central hub for processing information. “It’s almost as