Some sense in sensory deprivation

How would you cope if you couldn’t hear, see or feel anything? How do sensory systems react when they have no information to process? Such questions may seem rather bizarre, but they are in fact the topic of sensory deprivation research. Sensory deprivation involves systematically preventing information from reaching one or more sensory modalities. As […]

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Neuroscientists Make Declaration On Animal Consciousness

On 7/7/2012 a group of prominent neuroscientists signed a declaration supporting the view that non-human animals experience consciousness. The statement claims to be a ‘re-evaluation of previously held preconceptions’. It states that: ‘Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical and neurophysiologial substrates of conscious states, along with the capacity to exhibit intentional […]

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Scientists discover bees that can reverse brain aging

By Maria Panagiotidi Scientists at Arizona State University have discovered that older honey bees can reverse brain aging when they take on nest responsibilities typically handled by much younger bees. This finding could provide alternative interventions for the treatment of age-related dementia. Current research focuses mainly on potential new drug treatments. The study was published in […]

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The addicted brain

If you’ve got the money honey, we’ve got your disease — Guns n’ Roses: Welcome to the Jungle One of the key challenges of cognitive neuroscience is to gain an understanding of the neural mechanisms behind the various psychiatric disorders that can blight mankind. Knowledge of the how various brain mechanisms work in health, and […]

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Can a neuroscientist read your mind?

Media reports into recent research have claimed that neuroscientists are now effectively able to perform ‘mind reading’. Such reporting inevitable raises ethical questions about what applications such research might eventually be put to, and, judging by some of the comments that the on-line versions of these articles have provoked, have alarmed some people regarding the […]

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Anxiety enhances sense of smell

By Maria Panagiotidi Anxious people have a heightened sense of smell, when it comes to sniffing out a threat, according to a new study by Elizabeth Krusemark and Wen Li from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US. The results of their study will be published online in the journal Chemosensory Perception. The sense of […]

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