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Do people with autism have differently organized brains? A large-scale MRI study reports fewer differences between the right and left hemispheres in people with an autism spectrum disorder. An international team, led by scientists from the Max Planck and Donders institutes in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and the University of Southern California, found differences in brain… Read more

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to monitor subjects’ brain activity as they were shown images of art, architecture or natural landscapes, researchers have found that in the visual parts of the brain, different types of images led to very different patterns of activity, even across images all judged by subjects to be aesthetically pleasing[1]… Read more

The brain may tune itself towards social learning even when it is at rest, a Dartmouth-led study has found. Their results demonstrate empirically for the first time how two regions of the brain experience increased connectivity during rest after encoding new social information. The study looked at the role of two brain regions, the medial… Read more

Daydreaming may be a sign you are intelligent and creative, new research from Georgia Tech suggests. “People with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering,” says Eric Schumacher, Georgia Tech associate psychology professor and coauthor of the study. Schumacher and his students and colleagues, including lead coauthor Christine… Read more

Stimulating the brain via electricity or other means may help to ease the symptoms of various neurological and psychiatric disorders, with the method already being used to treat conditions from epilepsy to depression. But what really happens when doctors zap the brain? Little is known about what makes this technique effective, or which areas of… Read more