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15 Minutes Of Cardiovascular Exercise Can Increase Brain Efficiency

As little as a single 15-minute bout of cardiovascular exercise increases brain connectivity and efficiency, according to new research. If you want to learn to play a song on the piano, for example, it’s a good idea to go for a short run after each practice session, the research suggests. The recent study shows that […]

Posterior Parietal Cortex Is Crucial To Connecting Perception To Action

You see the flour in the pantry, so you reach for it. You see the traffic light change to green, so you step on the gas. While the link between seeing and then moving in response is simple and essential to everyday existence, neuroscientists haven’t been able to get beyond debating where the link is […]

The Striatum Builds Behavioral Sequences From Sub-second Components

The brain relies on an exquisite balance between the activity of two populations of neurons in a part of the brain called the striatum, the hub for motor and action planning, suggests a new study led by scientists from Harvard Medical School. The findings could help researchers better understand conditions that dramatically impact movement – […]

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 […]

VR Training One Hand Enhances Performance In The Other Hand

The old saying “the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing” might not be as accurate as you think, according to researchers at Tel-Aviv University. Their study found that when people practiced finger movements with their right hand while watching their left hand on 3D virtual reality headsets, they could use their […]