The Rise of BCI Enables Advances in Neuroscience
The Rise of BCI Enables Advances in Neuroscience
A nascent but growing consumer market for brain-computer interface technology is driving the development of sleek new tools for decoding brain activity.
The Rise of BCI Enables Advances in Neuroscience
The Rise of BCI Enables Advances in Neuroscience

A nascent but growing consumer market for brain-computer interface technology is driving the development of sleek new tools for decoding brain activity.

A nascent but growing consumer market for brain-computer interface technology is driving the development of sleek new tools for decoding brain activity.

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Infographic: Measurements that Predict People’s Behavior
Infographic: Measurements that Predict People’s Behavior
Paul J. Zak | Oct 1, 2020
Changes in blood levels of oxytocin and adrenocorticotropic hormone and patterns of neural activity predict how much money people will donate to a cause with high accuracy.
Curiosity and Hunger Are Driven by the Same Brain Regions
Curiosity and Hunger Are Driven by the Same Brain Regions
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2020
Researchers tease out the effects of the two cravings by having participants gamble for the chance to satisfy them.
Artificial Intelligence Decodes Speech from Brain Activity: Study
Artificial Intelligence Decodes Speech from Brain Activity: Study
Lisa Winter | Mar 31, 2020
The technology, tested out on patients with epilepsy who already had electrodes implanted in their brains, is currently limited to 30–50 sentences.
Alternate Activation of Two Brain Systems Tied to Consciousness
Alternate Activation of Two Brain Systems Tied to Consciousness
Ruth Williams | Mar 12, 2020
Imaging reveals how cyclical patterns of brain activity differ between conscious and unresponsive individuals.
Scientists Predict Fish Behavior from Real-Time Brain Monitoring
Scientists Predict Fish Behavior from Real-Time Brain Monitoring
Abby Olena | Jan 22, 2020
Researchers could anticipate which way an eight-day-old zebrafish will flick its tail based on brain activity 10 seconds earlier.
Speech Decoded from Brain Activity in Area for Hand Control
Speech Decoded from Brain Activity in Area for Hand Control
Shawna Williams | Dec 10, 2019
The surprising finding comes courtesy of two study participants with implanted electrode arrays that record activity at single-neuron resolution.
The Brain Interprets Spoken and Written Language the Same Way
The Brain Interprets Spoken and Written Language the Same Way
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2019
Neural activity associated with the meaning of words is independent of whether those words are read or listened to, a study finds.
Waves of Fluid Bathe the Sleeping Brain, Perhaps to Clear Waste
Waves of Fluid Bathe the Sleeping Brain, Perhaps to Clear Waste
Abby Olena | Oct 31, 2019
During deep sleep, rhythmic pulses of cerebrospinal fluid are coupled with slow waves of electrical activity and fluctuating blood levels in the human brain.
Air Pollution May Damage People’s Brains
Air Pollution May Damage People’s Brains
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2019
Contaminants in the atmosphere appear to have harmful effects on neurodevelopment and cognitive function.
Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease Linked to Highly Active Brains
Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease Linked to Highly Active Brains
Diana Kwon | Oct 1, 2019
A growing body of evidence supports the theory that neural hyperactivity and hyperconnectivity precede the pathological changes that lead to neurodegeneration.
When Humans Hear Music, Monkeys May Hear Noise
When Humans Hear Music, Monkeys May Hear Noise
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 1, 2019
The auditory cortices of humans and rhesus monkeys respond very differently to harmonic tones.
AI Decodes Speech and Hearing Based on Brain Activity
AI Decodes Speech and Hearing Based on Brain Activity
Shawna Williams | Jul 30, 2019
The proof-of-concept study could be a step toward better assisted communication devices for paralyzed people.
Circulation and Cell Function Revived in Dead Pigs’ Brains
Circulation and Cell Function Revived in Dead Pigs’ Brains
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 17, 2019
Researchers develop a system to deliver synthetic blood to isolated brains hours after death.
Thirst and Drinking Spark Widespread Activity in the Mouse Brain
Thirst and Drinking Spark Widespread Activity in the Mouse Brain
Ruth Williams | Apr 4, 2019
Researchers have recorded tens of thousands of brain cells in mice as the animals transitioned from feeling thirsty to quenched.
Can Humans Sense Magnetic Fields?
Can Humans Sense Magnetic Fields?
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 19, 2019
A study of people’s brainwaves hints at their unconscious ability to perceive the Earth’s magnetic field.
Image of the Day: Imposter Neurons
Image of the Day: Imposter Neurons
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 1, 2019
Researchers have implanted electronics masquerading as neurons in the brains of mice.
General Anesthesia Causes Telltale Brain Activity Patterns
General Anesthesia Causes Telltale Brain Activity Patterns
Emery N. Brown, Francisco J. Flores | Mar 1, 2019
The drugs lead to widespread, predictable changes in brain waves that can help anesthesiologists personalize anesthesia and develop anesthetic-based treatments.
Infographic: How General Anesthesia Works
Infographic: How General Anesthesia Works
Emery N. Brown, Francisco J. Flores | Mar 1, 2019
Drugs that doctors use to sedate patients during traumatic medical procedures act on neural receptors to alter brain activity.
Image of the Day: Under the Illusion
Image of the Day: Under the Illusion
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 20, 2019
The same group of neurons encode both actual motion and movement perceived in an optical illusion, according to a study on macaques.