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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.

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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A new theory for what’s happening in the brain when something looks familiar

May 4, 2021

University of Pennsylvania researchers propose a new theory for how the brain understands the level of activation expected from a sensory input and corrects for it, leaving behind the signal for familiarity.

Neural Implant Monitors Multiple Brain Areas at Once, Provides New Neuroscience Insights

April 27, 2021

Researchers at UCSD have developed a neural implant that monitors the activity of different parts of the brain at the same time, from the surface to deep structures.

Sign-language exposure impacts infants as young as 5 months old

March 30, 2021

While it isn’t surprising that infants and children love to look at people’s movements and faces, recent research from Rochester Institute of Technology studies exactly where they look when they see someone using sign language.
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Study suggests sugary diet endangers waste-eating protein crucial to cellular repair

January 26, 2021

A protein that functions like the vintage video game Pac-Man, eating toxic cellular waste caused by high sugar intake, is itself compromised by a sugary diet, according to the results of a study in mice with potential implications for humans.