Two key brain functions which allow us to attend to new information

It’s long been believed that advancing age leads to broad declines in our mental abilities. Now new research from Georgetown University Medical Center offers surprisingly good news by countering this view. The findings, published August 19, 2021, in Nature Human Behaviour, show that two key brain functions, which allow us to attend to new information and Read more about Two key brain functions which allow us to attend to new information[…]

How your decision can be influenced whether to buy it or not

One of the biggest marketing trends in the online shopping industry is personalization through curated product recommendations; however, it can change whether people buy a product they had been considering, according to new University of California San Diego research. The study by Uma R. Karmarkar, assistant professor at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management and School of Global Read more about How your decision can be influenced whether to buy it or not[…]

Neuroinformatics research has advanced the understanding of human cognition and brain networks

People often think about human behavior in terms of what is happening in the present reading a newspaper, driving a car, or catching a football. But other dimensions of behavior extend over weeks, months, and years. Examples include a child learning how to read; an athlete recovering from a concussion; or a person turning 50 Read more about Neuroinformatics research has advanced the understanding of human cognition and brain networks[…]

Evaluating your future

In quiet moments, the brain likes to wander—to the events of tomorrow, an unpaid bill, an upcoming vacation. Despite little external stimulation in these instances, a part of the brain called the default mode network (DMN) is hard at work. “These regions seem to be active when people aren’t asked to do anything in particular, Read more about Evaluating your future[…]

Elapse of time connected by sense of touch

The perception of time relates to the sense of touch. A new SISSA study “A sensory integration account for time perception” published in PLOS Computational Biology uncovers this connection. “The challenge to neuroscience posed by the sense of time lies, first and foremost, in the fact there do not exist dedicated receptors – the passage of Read more about Elapse of time connected by sense of touch[…]

Neurotechnologies can be used to enhance our freedom in art and creativity

The latest innovations in neurotechnology allow scientists not only to improve and restore functions brain, but also to effectively influence human behavior. The interdisciplinary discussion will focus primarily on the impact of neurotechnology on human rights and freedoms. Neuroscience & Art project: international online conference ‘Neurotechnology and Freedom’ held on March 18. New neurotechnologies allow Read more about Neurotechnologies can be used to enhance our freedom in art and creativity[…]

An ultra portable set of Macro and Micro mini-lenses for smartphones and tablets

BLIPS is an ultra portable and very affordable set of Macro and Micro mini-lenses for smartphones and tablets. It will transform your personal devices in portable digital microscopes. BLIPS has been developed within the neuroscience labs of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). This innovative product is now live on Kickstarter it was launched May the 10th and the goal of € 15.000 was fully Read more about An ultra portable set of Macro and Micro mini-lenses for smartphones and tablets[…]

New study shows how shift work affects cognitive functions

A new study from Uppsala University shows that compared to non-shift workers, shift workers needed more time to complete a test that is frequently used by physicians to screen for cognitive impairment. However, those who had quit shift work more than five years ago completed the test just as quick as the non-shift workers. The Read more about New study shows how shift work affects cognitive functions[…]

New effort aims for fully implantable devices able to connect with up to one million neurons

A new DARPA program aims to develop an implantable neural interface able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world. The interface would serve as a translator, converting between the electrochemical language used by neurons in the brain and the ones and zeros that constitute the language Read more about New effort aims for fully implantable devices able to connect with up to one million neurons[…]