Do bad dreams serve a real purpose? To answer this question, researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG), Switzerland, working in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin (U.S.), analyzed the dreams of a number of people and identified which areas of the brain were activated when they experienced fear… Read more

Over ten percent of the cerebral cortex is involved in dealing with information about the sense of touch — a larger area than previously thought – according to a joint study by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and Ruhr Universität Bochum. An encouraging pat on the… Read more

For both victims of violations as well as witnesses, punishment decisions activate the brain regions responsible for focusing one’s attention, processing information, and responding effectively to social interaction, according to a recent study. Conducted by Oksana Zinchenko, Research Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, the… Read more

Synapses allow neurons to communicate with one another. In the synapse, one neuron emits chemical messengers called neurotransmitters, and an adjacent neuron receives them using tiny structures called receptors. A specific type of receptor, the AMPA receptor, plays a crucial role in learning and memory processes. However, scientists don’t yet fully understand how these AMPA… Read more

Imagine seeing an old person picking up a box and a young person picking up a comparable box. By merely looking at both movements, you can already tell the difference in, for example, strength, flexibility, and confidence of the two people. The brain region responsible for such higher perceptual abilities was thought to be the… Read more