Jon Hamilton

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Really? Really. How Our Brains Figure Out What Words Mean Based On How They're Said

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Scientists have identified the brain cells that detect pitch changes in speech, allowing us to understand whether someone is asking a question or making a statement.


From Rats To Humans, A Brain Knows When It Can't Remember

Friday, July 28, 2017

When we see a familiar face, we know instantly if we can remember that person's name. That's because the human brain has an ability called metamemory. Looks like rats may have that higher power, too.


Female Athletes Are Closing The Gender Gap When It Comes To Concussions

Monday, July 24, 2017

Gina "Danger" Mazany is a professional mixed martial arts athlete, and she's helping researchers learn more about head injuries and the female brain.


John McCain Was Diagnosed With A Glioblastoma, Among The Deadliest Of Cancers

Thursday, July 20, 2017

About 12,000 people are diagnosed with a glioblastoma each year in the U.S. Fewer than a third of them will survive beyond two years.


Stress And Poverty May Explain High Rates Of Dementia In African-Americans

Sunday, July 16, 2017

New research finds that African-Americans who grow up in harsh environments and have many stressful experiences are much more likely to develop Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia.


Forget Freud: Dreams Replay Our Everyday Lives

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sigmund Freud thought dreams were all about wish fulfillment and repressed desire. But scientists now think they're linked to memory processing and consciousness. And they're often quite mundane.


Brain Cell Transplants Are Being Tested Once Again For Parkinson's

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

In 2003, researchers declared a moratorium on the use of transplanted brain cells to treat Parkinson's disease. Now, armed with better cells, they're giving the approach another try.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.