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The Brain-Machine Connection: Humans and Computers in the 21st Century

The Brain-Machine Connection: Humans and Computers in the 21st Century

In the mid-20th century, José Delgado performed stunning experiments using electrical brain stimulation. Today, Delgado’s legacy is evident in the many medical devices that rely on interactions with the brain.

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How the Brain Saves Energy: The Neural Thermostat

How the Brain Saves Energy: The Neural Thermostat

For the first time, Yale researchers have demonstrated how the brain saves energy while processing a deluge of sensory information in the primary visual cortex. Published in the journal Neuron, this study was conducted at the Yale School of Medicine

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Evolution of the Cerebral Cortex Makes Us Human

Evolution of the Cerebral Cortex Makes Us Human

One year past Darwin’s bicentennial, Yale has often been in the news for research on evolution. Down at the Yale School of Medicine, however, researchers are at the forefront of another type of evolutionary research: the evolution of the human

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A New Look at Playing Pretend

A New Look at Playing Pretend

A recent study by Professor of Psychology Paul Bloom and graduate student Deena Skolnick Weisberg found that young children draw distinctions in their imaginary worlds.

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Spearheading Schizophrenia Research: A Quest for New Treatments

Spearheading Schizophrenia Research: A Quest for New Treatments

Since 1988, Dr. John Krystal has taken schizophrenia research down a new path, discovering potential new antipsychotic therapies by investigating the brain’s glutamate release and response systems.

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Yale Researcher: Hunger Plays a Role in Infertility

Yale Researcher: Hunger Plays a Role in Infertility

A new study by Yale professor Meenakshi Alreja has shown that calorie restriction may play a role in infertil­ity via a molecular pathway that shuts down the activity of brain cells that control the reproductive axis.

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Prosopagnosia – Whose Face is It?

Prosopagnosia – Whose Face is It?

Prosopagnosia is a selective and often severe deficit in the ability to recognize others’ faces. People suffering from the disorder are often unable to recognize their friends and family members by face alone.

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Keepon: The Dancing Robot

Keepon: The Dancing Robot

The yellow robot Keepon, which became an Internet sensation in 2007, was developed by Hideki Kozima and Marek Michalowski to study the development of social intelligence in young children.

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Studying Mood Disorders With MRI Brain Analyses

Studying Mood Disorders With MRI Brain Analyses

Dr. Hilary Blumberg has used MRI to investigated the effect of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (bDNF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) on brain structure and development.

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fMRI: Uncertain Uncertainties

fMRI: Uncertain Uncertainties

MIT graduate student Ed Vul recently stirred up the field of neuroscience with a paper claiming that the technique of “non-independent analysis” inflates correlations between cognitive performance measure and brain activity as measures by fMRI.

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