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Good noise, bad noise: White noise improves hearing

White noise is not the same as other noise — and even a quiet environment does not have the same effect as white noise. With a background of continuous white noise, hearing pure sounds becomes even more precise, as researchers have shown. Their findin…

New pathways in brain’s amygdala

Researchers are pioneering an innovative brain study that sheds light on how the amygdala portion of the brain functions and could contribute to a better understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists shed new light on neural processes behind learning and motor behaviors

Researchers have provided new insight into the neural processes behind movement and learning behaviors, according to a new study.

Specific neurons that map memories now identified in the human brain

Neuroengineers have found the first evidence that individual neurons in the human brain target specific memories during recall. They studied recordings in neurosurgical patients who had electrodes implanted in their brains and examined how the patients…

Mothers’ pregnancy-related anxiety may alter how infants’ brains respond to sad speech

A study shows a correlation between mothers’ self-reported pregnancy-related anxiety, and babies’ blood flow to brain areas responsible for emotional responses when listening to sad speech

How meditation can help you make fewer mistakes

New research tested how open monitoring meditation altered brain activity in a way that suggests increased error recognition.

Humans’ ability to read dogs’ facial expressions is learned, not innate

Researchers assessed how experience with dogs affects humans’ ability to recognize dog emotions. Participants who grew up in a cultural context with a dog-friendly attitude were more proficient at recognizing dog emotions. This suggests that the abilit…

An exception to the rule: An intact sense of smell without a crucial olfactory brain structure

A handful of left-handed women have excellent senses of smell, despite lacking olfactory bulbs.

The impact of mental health training in the workplace

A new study looks at how mental health training affects managers’ abilities to support their employees and take measures to prevent mental health issues.

How to stop ruminating thoughts

Ruminating thoughts are excessive intrusive thoughts about negative experiences. They can be a symptom of an existing mental health condition or just the result of a particular instance of trauma. Read more about the causes of these thoughts and how to…