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Wii Balance Board Induces Changes in the Brains of MS Patients

OAK BROOK, Ill. — A balance board accessory for a popular video game console can help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) reduce ...

New Coping Strategy For The Memory Impaired And Their Caregivers

Mindfulness training can brighten outlook on life for person with memory loss and caregiver ...

A Long Childhood Feeds the Hungry Human Brain

Study of brain scans explains why children grow slowly and childhood lasts so long ... Full story

From a single cell to a full nervous system

Research has long been occupied by one of the great mysteries in life: how one single cell can form a human brain. In the last few years, thanks to new methods and technology, our knowledge of how the nervous system is developed has grown significantly. During a conference at Karolinska Institutet, we will get to know where the current frontiers are found. ... Full story

Brain size matters when it comes to remembering

OPINION: Before we had mobile phones, people had to use their own memory to store long phone numbers (or write them down). But getting those numbers into long-term memory could be a real pain. ... Full story

How the Brain Makes Sense of Spaces, Large and Small

When an animal encounters a new environment, the neurons in its brain that are responsible for mapping out the space are ready for anything. So says a new study in which scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus examined neuronal activity in rats as they explored an unusually large maze for the first time. ... Full story

"Haven't I Seen This Before?" Researchers Show How Neurons Respond to Sequences of Familiar Objects

PITTSBURGH—The world grows increasingly more chaotic year after year, and our brains are constantly bombarded with images. ... Full story

Driving brain rhythm makes mice more sensitive to touch

In a new study researchers show that they could make faint sensations more vivid by triggering a brain rhythm that appears to shift sensory attention. The study in mice, reported in Nature Neuroscience, provides the first direct evidence that the brain’s “gamma” rhythms have a causal role in processing the sense of touch. ... Full story

Targeted brain training may help you multitask better

The area of the brain involved in multitasking and ways to train it have been identified by a research team at the IUGM Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal and the University of Montreal. The research includes a model to better predict the effectiveness of this training. ... Full story

Children with Autism Have Extra Synapses in Brain

May be possible to prune synapses with drug after diagnosis ... Full story

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