What makes an image memorable? We tend to remember pictures of people much better than wide open spaces
Next time you go on vacation, you may want to think twice before shooting hundreds of photos of that scenic mountain or lake.
Scientists cultivate human brain's most ubiquitous cell in lab dish
Pity the lowly astrocyte, the most common cell in the human nervous system.
Neuroscientists can predict your behavior better than you can
(PhysOrg.com) -- "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half." — John Wanamaker, 19th-century U.S. department store pioneer
Reward-driven people win more, even when no reward at stake
Whether it's for money, marbles or chalk, the brains of reward-driven people keep their game faces on, helping them win at every step of the way, even when there is no reward at stake, suggests a surprising ...
To scientists, laughter is no joke -- it's serious
(AP) -- So a scientist walks into a shopping mall to watch people laugh.
Neuroscientists find brain system behind general intelligence
A collaborative team of neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology, the University of Iowa, the University of Southern California, and the Autonomous University of Madrid have mapped the brain ...
Aerobic exercise grows brain cells
Engineers use brain cells to power smart grid
(Phys.org) —The unmatched ability of the human brain to process and make sense of large amounts of complex data has caught the attention of engineers working in the field of control systems.
Evidence that at least one mammal can smell in stereo
Most mammals, including humans, see in stereo and hear in stereo. But whether they can also smell in stereo is the subject of a long-standing scientific controversy. Now, a new study shows definitively that ...
Study explores potential benefits, threats of nanotechnology research
Every day scientists learn more about how the world works at the smallest scales. While this knowledge has the potential to help others, it's possible that the same discoveries can also be used in ways that cause widespread ...
Researcher finds gender differences in seasonal auditory changes
Auditory systems differ between sexes in sparrows depending on the season, a Georgia State University neuroscientist has found. The work adds to our knowledge of how the parts of the nervous system, including ...
A 3-D light switch for the brain
A new tool for neuroscientists delivers a thousand pinpricks of light to a chunk of gray matter smaller than a sugar cube. The new fiber-optic device, created by biologists and engineers at the Massachusetts ...
Predicting presidents, storms and life by computer
Forget political pundits, gut instincts, and psychics. The mightier-than-ever silicon chip seems to reveal the future. In just two weeks this fall, computer models displayed an impressive prediction prowess.
Persistent sync for neurons: Rats' neurons reveal steady neural network coordination
(Phys.org)—A team of Brazilian physicists working with neuroscientists studying freely behaving rats have found that their neurons often act in precise coordination over time, in a study about to be published in the European Ph ...