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Green frog in tree with green leaves
For Frogs, Bigger Brains Mean Worse Camouflage
Frogs invest in cognitive capacity to avoid predators—up until there are too many hungry snakes around for the evolutionary strategy to pay off.
For Frogs, Bigger Brains Mean Worse Camouflage
For Frogs, Bigger Brains Mean Worse Camouflage

Frogs invest in cognitive capacity to avoid predators—up until there are too many hungry snakes around for the evolutionary strategy to pay off.

Frogs invest in cognitive capacity to avoid predators—up until there are too many hungry snakes around for the evolutionary strategy to pay off.

brain anatomy
Illustration of the cerebellum 
Infographic: The Cerebellum’s Many Roles Beyond Motor Control
Diana Kwon | Aug 15, 2022 | 2 min read
Researchers have discovered that the small structure is involved in language, emotion, and many other high-order brain processes.
The brain's cerebellum
The Cerebellum’s Functions in Cognition, Emotion, and More
Diana Kwon | Aug 15, 2022 | 10+ min read
Once thought of as a mere motor coordination center, the “little brain” is now appreciated as participating in higher neurological processes.
Scientist hunched over a lab workbench in exhaustion
Neurotransmitter Buildup May Be Why Your Brain Feels Tired
Andy Carstens | Aug 11, 2022 | 4 min read
Performing complex cognitive tasks leads to glutamate accumulating in a key region of the brain, a study finds, which could explain why mental labor is so exhausting.
colorful parrot-like bird riding a tiny bicycle on a tightrope
Reptiles are the Real Bird Brains
Sophie Fessl, PhD | Mar 22, 2022 | 4 min read
A research group argues that a species’ number of neurons, rather than brain volume, should serve as indicator of cognitive capacity when studying brain evolution, but some experts voice doubts.
Mapping the Brain in 3-D
Mapping the Brain in 3-D
Nathan Ni, PhD | Oct 5, 2021 | 1 min read
3-D brain atlases help scientists better understand brain function in physiological and pathological situations.
image of two small electronic patches embedded in a brain
Speech Decoded from Brain Activity in Area for Hand Control
Shawna Williams | Dec 10, 2019 | 3 min read
The surprising finding comes courtesy of two study participants with implanted electrode arrays that record activity at single-neuron resolution.
Brain Surface Area Reveals Overlap in Genes, Intelligence, Evolution
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 4, 2019 | 5 min read
An analysis of the contours of more than 600 kids’ brains points to links between cerebral surface area and heritability in regions of the brain important in cognition.  
Insects’ Neural Learning and Memory Center Discovered in Crustaceans
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2017 | 4 min read
Aggressive little marine predators, mantis shrimps possess a mushroom body that appears identical to the one found in insects.
Do Schizophrenic Brains Repair Themselves?
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2016 | 3 min read
Preliminary research suggests that the brains of schizophrenia patients may regain tissue mass as the illness wears on.
Brain Structure Rediscovered
Jef Akst | Nov 20, 2014 | 2 min read
First described in the late 19th century, then lost from the literature for more than 100 years, the vertical occipital fasciculus appears to be important in visual processing.
A Face to Remember
Kerry Grens | Nov 1, 2014 | 10+ min read
Once dominated by correlational studies, face-perception research is moving into the realm of experimentation—and gaining tremendous insight.
Seizing the Opportunity
Kerry Grens | Oct 31, 2014 | 1 min read
Ron Blackwell helps neuroscientists map the circuitry of face perception by letting them stimulate his brain with electricity.
Rise, Mickey
Molly Sharlach | Oct 31, 2014 | 1 min read
Scientist to Watch, Takaki Komiyama, discusses his use of chronic two-photon calcium imaging to explore how wakefulness and experience shape odor representations in the mouse olfactory bulb.
TS Live: Handy Apes
Bob Grant | Aug 31, 2014 | 1 min read
Studying handedness in chimps may shed light on the mysterious trait in humans.
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