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How the brain interprets motion while in motion

New research provides insights into a neural mechanism involved in how the brain interprets sensory information. The research may have applications for treating brain disorders and designing artificial intelligence.

Walking gives the brain a ‘step-up’ in function for some

It has long been thought that when walking is combined with a task — both suffer. Researchers have now found that this is not always the case. Some young and healthy people improve performance on cognitive tasks while walking by changing the use of ne…

Inhaled toxic particles take direct route from lungs to brain

Breathing in polluted air could lead to toxic particles being transported from lungs to brain, via the bloodstream — potentially contributing to brain disorders and neurological damage, a new study reveals.

Single brain scan can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease

A single MRI scan of the brain could be enough to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research.

Neuroscientists create maps of the brain after traumatic brain injury

Scientists have discovered that an injury to one part of the brain changes the connections between nerve cells across the entire brain.

ADHD and ASD: What the eyes could reveal

Researchers found that recordings from the retina could identify distinct signals for both attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), providing a potential biomarker for each condition.

Understanding learning by inference

Both humans and other animals are good at learning by inference, using information we do have to figure out things we cannot observe directly. New research shows how our brains achieve this by constructing cognitive maps.

Scientists unravel the mystery of genes that are key to brain development

New research shows the mechanism by which genes coding for a subset of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) interact with neighboring genes to regulate the development and function of essential nerve cells.

Us versus them: Harming the ‘outgroup’ is linked to elevated activity in the brain’s reward circuitry

Humans tend to form groups, which often find themselves in conflict with rival groups. But why do people show such a ready tendency to harm people in opposing groups? A new study led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University used functional br…

The lasting symptoms among COVID-19 long haulers

More than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, scientists have become increasingly aware of a group of patients — so-called ‘long haulers’ — who remain plagued by a combination of symptoms long after the infection passes. In a new study, re…