Placebos cut distress even when you know they shouldn’t

Even when you know the placebo treatment isn't "real," believing it will make you feel better can ease emotional distress, a new study shows.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
yesterday ~4 min

Tags: brains emotions health-and-medicine beliefs medications placebos

Artificial brain gives robot the smarts for complex tasks

Researchers gave a new robot a "brain", human-like "skin," and vision sensors. The result? A much smarter robot.

National University of Singapore • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence robots brains touch sensors biomimicry science-and-technology

Cutting power needs may boost brain-machine interfaces

"Reducing the amount of electrical power by an order of magnitude will eventually allow for at-home brain-machine interfaces."

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: brains health-and-medicine implants

9/11 first responder brains are 10 years ‘older’ than normal

First responders who were at the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001 are at risk of developing dementia, two new studies show.

Cassandra Genua-Stony Brook • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease dementia brains ptsd health-and-medicine 911

TBI damage may come from tiny bubble bursts

The formation and collapse of microbubbles in spinal fluid may be to blame for some of the damage of traumatic brain injuries, researchers report.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: brains health-and-medicine injuries bubbles

Why people with Alzheimer’s may lose their way

A new study clarifies spatial memory loss, such as losing objects or getting lost, among people with Alzheimer's disease.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease memory aging brains health-and-medicine

More than one sleep stage matters for learning

Both REM and non-REM sleep stages are important for visual perceptual learning, research on brain plasticity finds.

Brown University • futurity
July 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sleep brains learning science-and-technology

Remove memories to treat addiction?

"You don't want to erase the entire memory; you only want to erase the part that's associated with the drug."

Stanford • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: addiction memory brains featured health-and-medicine

People literally don’t see things the same way

"We assume our perception is a perfect reflection of the physical world around us, but this study shows that each of us has a unique visual fingerprint."

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: visual-perception vision brains health-and-medicine

Stuff in capers activates key proteins in brain and heart

A compound in pickled capers called quercetin can directly regulate proteins required for heartbeat, thought, muscular contraction, and more.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: food plants brains epilepsy proteins featured health-and-medicine hearts

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