A recent discovery shows that our dance style is almost always the same, regardless of the type of music, and a computer can identify the dancer with astounding accuracy. “We actually weren’t looking for this result, as we set out to study something completely different. Our original idea was to see if we could use… Read more

A catchy tune on the radio, and suddenly we are tapping our foot and moving our bodies to the rhythm of the music. We can follow a beat because our motor neurons, the nerve cells that control movements, work together in circuits. During actions that require precise timing – such as dancing to a rhythm… Read more

Overlooking the cerebellum is a mistake, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis say. Their recent findings suggest that the cerebellum has a hand in every aspect of higher brain functions — not just movement, but attention, thinking, planning and decision-making. Located inconveniently on the underside of the brain and initially thought… Read more

To ensure that a mouse hears the sounds of an approaching cat better than it hears the sounds its own footsteps make, the mouse’s brain has a built-in noise-cancelling circuit. The new findings come from an array of difficult experiments, including a “mouse virtual reality” setup. It’s a direct connection from the motor cortex of… Read more

Two regions in the midbrain play specific roles in controlling the start, speed and context dependent selection of locomotion in mice, a new study has found. The regions are the Cuneiform Nucleus or CnF and the pedunculopontine nucleus or PPN. Moving from one place to another, known as locomotion, is one of the most basic… Read more