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Which Neurons Go to Sleep First in Humans? fMRI Can Tell
By linking blood flow patterns to bioelectric signals in the brains of sleeping volunteers, scientists are studying the order in which brain regions fall asleep and wake up.
Which Neurons Go to Sleep First in Humans? fMRI Can Tell
Which Neurons Go to Sleep First in Humans? fMRI Can Tell

By linking blood flow patterns to bioelectric signals in the brains of sleeping volunteers, scientists are studying the order in which brain regions fall asleep and wake up.

By linking blood flow patterns to bioelectric signals in the brains of sleeping volunteers, scientists are studying the order in which brain regions fall asleep and wake up.

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Same Parts of the Brain Control Processing of Dozens of Languages
Andy Carstens | Jul 21, 2022
While much is known about how the brains of English speakers process language, research has neglected people who speak other languages. The Scientist spoke with one of the authors of a study that seeks to change that.
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Eight Weeks of Meditation Doesn’t Change the Brain, Study Finds
Natalia Mesa | May 20, 2022
Study finds that, contrary to what other research has found, a popular meditation course does not appear to alter brain structure.
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Unusually Wired: Human Brains are Attuned to Appreciate Musical Pitch
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How Scientists Are Tackling Brain Imaging’s Replication Problem
Angie Voyles Askham, Spectrum | Jul 9, 2021
Researchers who spoke with Spectrum say that while brain imaging tools have their limitations, they still hold promise in helping to unlock the brain’s secrets. 
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.
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General Anesthesia Causes Telltale Brain Activity Patterns
Emery N. Brown and 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.
Honeybees Enter Virtual Reality So Scientists Can Study Their Brains
Jess Romeo | Feb 14, 2019
Researchers record neurological changes in a region called the mushroom body in the brains of bees completing a maze in a virtual environment.
Infographic: What Makes a Brain Smart?
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2018
Scientists have proposed a variety of features that influence one’s ability to remember things and solve problems.
Implanted Magnetic Probes Measure Brain Activity
Ruth Williams | Nov 1, 2017
Micrometer-size magnetrodes detect activity-generated magnetic fields within living brains.
Infographic: Reading the Mind’s Magnetism
Ruth Williams | Oct 31, 2017
Newly designed sensors detect the magnetic fields generated by electrical activity within cat brains.
Scientists Identify More-Precise Neural Correlates of Dreaming
Ashley P. Taylor | Apr 10, 2017
By examining brainwave patterns in a posterior cortical area, scientists can predict when people are dreaming.
Added Neurons Are Functionally Integrated into Mouse Brain Circuits
Jenny Rood | Oct 26, 2016
In vivo imaging reveals how grafted embryonic brain cells grow, connect, and mature into contributing members of damaged visual pathways in adult mice.
Allen Institute Launches Brain Observatory
Tanya Lewis | Jul 13, 2016
The first data include real-time neural activity in the visual cortex of mice observing pictures and videos.
Meet An Artist With No Hands
Kerry Grens | Jun 1, 2016
The brain can compensate for missing body parts, allowing some people, such as Matthias Buchinger, to function at a very high level despite their disabilities.
Sleep’s Kernel
Sandip Roy and James M. Krueger | Mar 1, 2016
Surprisingly small sections of brain, and even neuronal and glial networks in a dish, display many electrical indicators of sleep.
Still There
Jef Akst | Oct 20, 2014
Researchers identify brain activity patterns that may indicate when an unresponsive patient is conscious.
Magic Mushroom Dreams
Jef Akst | Jul 3, 2014
A psychedelic compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms triggers brain activity characteristic of dream states.
Neurons in Action
Jef Akst | May 19, 2014
Researchers image the electrical impulses of the C. elegans and zebrafish nervous systems.
Music on the Mind
Jef Akst | Mar 13, 2014
Three new studies delve into humans’ creation and perception of music.