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Researchers Report Decoding Thoughts from fMRI Data
A method appears to be the first to noninvasively reconstruct language from brain activity.
Researchers Report Decoding Thoughts from fMRI Data
Researchers Report Decoding Thoughts from fMRI Data

A method appears to be the first to noninvasively reconstruct language from brain activity.

A method appears to be the first to noninvasively reconstruct language from brain activity.

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Same Parts of the Brain Control Processing of Dozens of Languages
Andy Carstens | Jul 21, 2022 | 4 min read
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, PhD | May 20, 2022 | 4 min read
Study finds that, contrary to what other research has found, a popular meditation course does not appear to alter brain structure.
The Scientist Speaks Podcast – Episode 5
The Scientist Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Unusually Wired: Human Brains are Attuned to Appreciate Musical Pitch
A model of a brain made of many stacked, thin layers of brightly-colored material.
Neurons Damaged in Dementia Recognize Interruptions to Patterns
Anna Napolitano | Mar 16, 2022 | 4 min read
A new study reveals a network of neurons that, when disrupted, impairs adaptation to new circumstances in several types of dementia.
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COVID-19 Linked to Neural Changes
Shawna Williams | Mar 7, 2022 | 3 min read
A study that examined the brains of people before and after SARS-CoV-2 infection found a decrease in brain volume and damage to olfactory areas compared with controls.
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What Scientists Learned by Putting Octopuses in MRI Machines
Chloe Tenn | Jan 20, 2022 | 3 min read
The size and complexity of cephalopod brain structures differ depending on the habitats the creatures occupy, a study finds.
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Darby Saxbe Digs into Relationships’ Effects on Human Biology
Shawna Williams | Aug 1, 2021 | 3 min read
In her current work, the University of Southern California psychologist is examining how the transition to fatherhood affects men’s brains.
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How Scientists Are Tackling Brain Imaging’s Replication Problem
Angie Voyles Askham, Spectrum | Jul 9, 2021 | 6 min read
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. 
Secrets in the Brains of People Who Have Committed Murder
Nicoletta Lanese | Nov 1, 2019 | 5 min read
MRI scans from more than 800 incarcerated men pinpoint distinct structural features of people who have committed homicide, compared with those who carried out other crimes.
Waves of Fluid Bathe the Sleeping Brain, Perhaps to Clear Waste
Abby Olena, PhD | Oct 31, 2019 | 3 min read
During deep sleep, rhythmic pulses of cerebrospinal fluid are coupled with slow waves of electrical activity and fluctuating blood levels in the human brain.
Are the Brains of Transgender People Different from Those of Cisgender People?
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2018 | 10+ min read
Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.
Infographic: Searching for the Neural Basis of Gender
Shawna Williams | Feb 28, 2018 | 1 min read
Brain studies have yielded a mixed picture of the neural similarities and differences between people of different genders.
Image of the Day: Telling Scans
Aggie Mika | Oct 16, 2017 | 1 min read
In children’s brain scans, scientists uncovered signs of multiple sclerosis before the kids showed any symptoms of the disease.
When Dogs Offer Insights into Tigers
Gregory Berns | Oct 1, 2017 | 3 min read
MRI scans of dog brains open windows into the cognition of the extinct thylacine.
Infant Brain Scans May Predict Autism Diagnosis
Jef Akst | Feb 16, 2017 | 2 min read
A computer algorithm can identify the brains of autism patients with moderate accuracy based on scans taken at six months and one year of age.
MRI Pioneer Peter Mansfield Dies
Jef Akst | Feb 13, 2017 | 2 min read
The Nobel laureate helped lay the groundwork for today’s ubiquitous magnetic resonance imaging machines.
Study: Student Athletes Display Brain Abnormalities After One Football Season
Joshua A. Krisch | Dec 1, 2016 | 1 min read
MRI scans and other assessments of high school football players reveal changes in brain tissue, correlated to head impacts, after just one season, researchers report.
Scientists Fingerprint the Brain
Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 16, 2016 | 2 min read
The brain’s structural connections are unique to an individual, a new imaging technique reveals.
Dogs Respond to Words and Inflection
Jef Akst | Aug 31, 2016 | 2 min read
Using an MRI scanner to examine how dogs’ brains process speech, researchers find that our canine companions hear both what we say and how we say it. 
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