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Perinatal hypoxia associated with long-term cerebellar learning deficits and Purkinje cell misfiring

The type of hypoxia that occurs with preterm birth is associated with locomotor miscoordination and long-term cerebellar learning deficits but can be partially alleviated with an off-the-shelf medicine, according to a study using a preclinical model.

Why does bass make you want to dance?

Listening to a rhythm can produce synchronized rhythms in the brain. According to new research, low-frequency sounds help the brain lock onto the beat.

Automated detection of focal epileptic seizures in a sentinel area of the human brain

In a first-in-humans pilot study, researchers have identified a sentinel area of the brain that may give an early warning before clinical seizure manifestations from focal epilepsy appear. They have also validated an algorithm that can automatically de…

Synesthesia: Hearing colors and tasting sounds

People with synesthesia experience unique perceptual cross-overs, such as associating letters or sounds to colors. Learn more about it in this Spotlight.

What’s the difference between bipolar I and bipolar II?

Bipolar I and II are types of bipolar disorder that involve manic and depressive episodes. A person with bipolar II may experience hypomania, which is less severe than the manic episodes that occur in bipolar I. Learn more about the differences between…

Do you perceive smells that aren’t there?

Some people hallucinate smells. In the first study of its kind, researchers show that phantom odor perception is more common than once thought.

Psychedelic compound triggers near-death experiences

New research shows that DMT, the active ingredient in ayahuasca, has the same effect on the brain as what have been described as ‘near-death experiences.’

Men and women show surprising differences in seeing motion

Researchers have found an unexpected difference between men and women. On average, their studies show, men pick up on visual motion significantly faster than women do.

The eyes may have it, an early sign of Parkinson’s disease

The eyes may be a window to the brain for people with early Parkinson’s disease. People with the disease gradually lose brain cells that produce dopamine, a substance that helps control movement. Now a new study has found that the thinning of the retin…

Brain response study upends thinking about why practice speeds up motor reaction times

Researchers report that a computerized study of 36 healthy adult volunteers asked to repeat the same movement over and over became significantly faster when asked to repeat that movement on demand — a result that occurred not because they anticipated …