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Deep Sleep Reinforces New Motor Skills Learning

The brain reinforces motor skills during deep sleep, neuroscientists at UC San Francisco have discovered. During non-REM sleep, slow brain waves bolster neural touch points that are directly related to a task that was newly learned while awake, while weakening neural links that are not, the researchers found. “This phenomenon may be related to the […]

Carbon Nanofiber Composite Microelectrodes As Neural Interfaces

A new way to reduce the size and increase the conductivity of deep brain implants has been discovered by Virginia Tech researcher Xiaoting Jia and her team. The finding could potentially unlock new treatment methods for neurological illnesses like Parkinson’s disease. Jia is developing a miniature neural device that would not only record signals from […]

Anterior Intraparietal Cortex: Small Patch Encodes Body Movements

A small patch of neurons in the brain can encode the movements of many body parts, report researchers in the laboratory of Caltech’s Richard Andersen. Understanding this neural code could help improve the lives of people with paralysis or with motor deficits from neurological diseases such as a stroke. The motor cortex, the region of […]

Ultraflexible Nanoelectronic Probes Form Scar-free Brain Integration

Ultra-flexible, nanoelectronic thread (NET) brain probes that can achieve more reliable long-term neural recording than existing probes and don’t prompt scar formation when implanted have been developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. The probes have mechanical compliances approaching that of the brain tissue and are more than 1,000 times more flexible […]

Brain-computer Interface Enables Communication For Locked-In Patients

Researchers have developed a non-invasive brain-computer interface that detects the responses of completely locked-in patients by measuring changes in blood oxygen levels in the brain. A trial study showed that patients with completely locked-in syndrome were able to respond “yes” or “no” to spoken questions, by thinking the answers. Patients suffering from complete paralysis, but […]