Jon Hamilton

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Cracking The Code That Lets The Brain ID Any Face, Fast

Thursday, June 01, 2017

People and other primates have an amazing ability to instantly recognize faces. Scientists at Caltech found that we do that by having 205 specialized brain cells divvy up the task.

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As Brains Mature, More Robust Information Networks Boost Self-Control

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sometime between grade school and grad school, the brain's information highways get remapped in a way that dramatically reins in impulsive behavior.

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Why Brain Scientists Are Still Obsessed With The Curious Case Of Phineas Gage

Sunday, May 21, 2017

In 1848, a railroad worker survived an accident that drove a 13-pound iron bar through his head. The injury changed his personality, and our understanding of the brain.

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Orangutan Moms Are The Primate Champs Of Breast-Feeding

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Orangutans breast-feed up to nine years, longer than any other primate. That may help offspring survive food shortages. But humans may have gained a survival advantage from weaning earlier.

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Spit Test May Reveal The Severity Of A Child's Concussion

Thursday, May 04, 2017

By measuring fragments of genetic material in saliva, scientists were able to accurately predict whether a young person's concussion symptoms would last days or weeks.

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'Minibrains' In A Dish Shed A Little Light On Autism And Epilepsy

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Experiments with small clusters of networked brain cells are helping scientists see how real brains develop normally, and what goes awry when cells have trouble making connections.

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Electrical Stimulation To Boost Memory: Maybe It's All In The Timing

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Research in epilepsy has found a key to why small pulses of electricity to the brain sometimes help and sometimes hurt a failing memory. Brains hurt by physical trauma or dementia might benefit, too.

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A 'Hot Zone' In The Brain May Reveal When, And Even What, We Dream

Monday, April 10, 2017

When people have dreams, an area near the back of the brain seems to wake up. And specific patterns of brain activity in that area can even reveal what we're dreaming about.

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Do U.S. Troops Risk Brain Injury When They Fire Heavy Weapons?

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Some modern shoulder-fired weapons produce blast waves powerful enough to rattle the brain. A $30 million study aims to help the military figure out how much blast exposure, over time, is too much.

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Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts To Control His Own Arm And Hand

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A spinal injury severed the connection between Bill Kochevar's brain and everything below his shoulders. But technology has given him a new way to control one arm and hand.

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Ketamine For Severe Depression: 'How Do You Not Offer This Drug to People?'

Monday, March 20, 2017

More and more doctors are offering ketamine, an anesthetic and club drug, to severely depressed patients who haven't responded to other treatments.

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Cancer Drug That Might Slow Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Headed For Bigger Tests

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

In a preliminary study, the cancer drug nilotinib seemed to help patients with Parkinson's and dementia. Now two larger and more rigorous studies of the drug are under way.

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Orangutan's Vocal Feats Hint At Deeper Roots of Human Speech

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rocky wowed scientists when he showed he could control his vocal cords much the way people do. His abilities suggest that early humans might have spoken words 10 million years ago.

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Scientists May Have Solved The Mystery Of Nodding Syndrome

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

For decades, scientists suspected that the parasite responsible for river blindness might be causing a rare form of epilepsy. Now they have evidence.

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A Brain Tweak Lets Mice Abstain From Cocaine

Monday, February 13, 2017

Scientists have created addiction-resistant mice by altering the reward system in their brains. The findings shed light on the biochemistry of addiction.

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Art Exhibition Celebrates Drawings By The Founder Of Modern Neuroscience

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Santiago Ramón y Cajal's drawings of nerve cells changed scientists' understanding of the brain. Now, 80 of those drawings are going on display at an art museum in Minnesota.

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Politics Aside, Counting Crowds Is Tricky

Monday, January 23, 2017

Claims about the size of crowds for both President Trump's inauguration and the protests that followed the day after, are being debated. Scientists struggle with how to do that kind of head count.

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Flipping A Switch In The Brain Turns Lab Rodents Into Killer Mice

Thursday, January 12, 2017

When scientists activate hunting circuits in the brains of genetically modified mice, the animals attack insects and even bottle caps as prey. It gives clues to the evolution of hunting in humans.

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Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Gets Busier And Better In Young Adults

Thursday, January 05, 2017

From birth through age 30 or so, our ability to recognize faces keeps improving, research shows. At first, kids discern adult faces better than other kids' mugs. Not so after adolescence.

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As Sleep Improves, So Does An Injured Brain

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

After a serious brain injury, people often sleep just a few minutes at a time. As the brain heals, sleep patterns begin to return to normal. The link suggests restoring sleep could improve recovery.

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