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Scientists Pinpoint the Uncertainty of Our Working Memory

September 14, 2021

A new NEI-funded study shows the extent we trust our memory in decision-making
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Blind People Can’t See Color but Understand It the Same Way as Sighted People

August 16, 2021

Questioning the belief that that people born blind could never truly understand color, a team of cognitive neuroscientists demonstrated that congenitally blind and sighted individuals actually understand it quite similarly.
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Retina ‘hardwired’ to predict path of moving objects

August 2, 2021

Neural circuits in the primate retina can generate the information needed to predict the path of a moving object before visual signals even leave the eye, UW Medicine researchers demonstrate in a new paper.
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Scientists uncover how decisions about what we see are relayed back through the brain

July 27, 2021

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered that decisions based on visual information is broadcast widely to neurons in the visual system, including to those that are not being used to make the decision.

Brain’s ‘memory center’ needed to recognize image sequences but not single sights

July 26, 2021

A new MIT study of how a mammalian brain remembers what it sees shows that while individual images are stored in the visual cortex, the ability to recognize a sequence of sights critically depends on guidance from the hippocampus.
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How neurons get past "no"

June 24, 2021

When looking at a complex landscape, the eye needs to focus in on important details without losing the big picture. Now, a new study by Salk scientists shows how inhibitory neurons play a critical role in this process.z
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NIH-funded study shows children recycle brain regions when acquiring new skills

June 17, 2021

Scientists studied the brain activity of school-aged children during development and found that regions that activated upon seeing limbs (hands, legs, etc.) subsequently activated upon seeing faces or words when the children grew older.
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What makes us sneeze?

June 15, 2021

A team led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has identified, in mice, specific cells and proteins that control the sneeze reflex.

As novel sights become familiar, different brain rhythms, neurons take over

June 9, 2021

A new study by researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory substantially advances understanding of how a mammalian brain enables “visual recognition memory.”
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Brain tumors caused by normal neuron activity in mice predisposed to such tumors

May 26, 2021

A study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Stanford University School of Medicine shows that the normal day-to-day activity of neurons can drive the formation and growth of brain tumors.