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Brain tingling sensation ‘ASMR’ may benefit health

New research investigates, for the first time, the physiological and psychological benefits of the autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) phenomenon.

Highly empathic people have a unique view of music

A study using brain scanning technology concludes that music activates different brain areas for people who demonstrate higher levels of empathy.

How horses perceive and respond to human emotion

A new study shows, for the first time, that horses read and respond to human emotions by integrating the facial expressions with their tone of voice.

What 800 million tweets reveal about our thought patterns

An analysis of 800 million tweets and 7 billion words shows that our thinking throughout the day changes in highly predictable ways.

Scientists discover how brain signals travel to drive language performance

Using transcranial magnetic stimulation and network control theory, researchers have taken a novel approach to understanding how signals travel across the brain’s highways and how stimulation can lead to better cognitive function.

‘Antifreeze’ molecules may stop and reverse damage from brain injuries

The key to better treatments for brain injuries and disease may lie in the molecules charged with preventing the clumping of specific proteins associated with cognitive decline and other neurological problems, researchers report.

Ketamine acts fast to treat depression and its effects last — but how?

Researchers describe the molecular mechanisms behind ketamine’s ability to squash depression and keep it at bay.

Scientists solve the case of the missing subplate, with wide implications for brain science

A new study shows that a group of neurons, previously thought to die in the course of development, in fact become incorporated into the brain’s cortex. This research has implications for understanding — and possibly treating –several brain disorders.

Waking up is hard to do: Prefrontal cortex implicated in consciousness

Researchers discover that stimulating the prefrontal cortex can induce wake-like behavior in anesthetized rats.

Fundamental rule of brain plasticity

A series of complex experiments in the visual cortex of mice has yielded a simple rule about plasticity: When a synapse strengthens, others immediately nearby weaken.