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  • ‘Waves’ of neural activity give new clues about Alzheimer’s

    Laura Chaparro | 05 September 2017 11:00

    While unconscious during deep sleep, millions of neurons’ activity travels across the cerebral cortex. This phenomenon, known as slow waves, is related to the consolidation of memory. The European project called SloW Dyn, led by Spanish scientists, has now revealed anomalies in this activity in mice displaying a decline similar to Alzheimer’s.

  • Our brains synchronise during a conversation

    SINC | 18 July 2017 10:00

    The rhythms of brainwaves between two people taking part in a conversation begin to match each other. This is the conclusion of a study published in the magazine ‘Scientific Reports’, led by the Basque research centre BCBL. According to scientists, this interbrain synchrony may be a key factor in understanding language and interpersonal communication.

  • Tell me what languages you know and I’ll tell you how you read

    SINC | 08 May 2017 09:30

    The languages we speak influence several factors that we rely on for our ability to read, such as visual attention and phonological processes. So concludes a new study carried out at the BCBL research centre in the Basque country. The findings could have implications in teaching and in the diagnosis of dyslexia and other reading problems. 

  • Microbubbles and ultrasound open the blood–brain barrier to administer drugs

    Enrique Sacristán | 14 November 2016 09:20

    The impassable blood–brain barrier prevents microorganisms from entering our brain, however it also blocks medicines that could help treat Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Now, a Spanish physicist and other researchers at the University of Columbia (USA) have succeeded in embedding these substances in tiny lipid bubbles, in such a way that ultrasound can be used to...

  • Bilingual brains activate different networks when reading opaque and transparent languages

    SINC | 24 October 2016 08:43

    Three Spanish researchers have discovered that bilinguals use different neural networks to read languages that are pronounced as they are written – such as the Basque language – from those in which this correspondence does not exist, like English. The results are valuable for teaching reading to adults and children.

  • First direct evidence for ultra-fast responses in human amygdala to fear

    Imagen cerebral en la que aparecen coloreadas la amígdala (azul) y el hipocampo (amarillo). / Stephan Moratti.

    UCM | 13 June 2016 17:00

    For the first time, an international team of scientists lead by researchers from the Campus de Excelencia Internacional Moncloa (UCM-UPM) has shown that the amygdala in the human brain is able to detect possible threats in the visual environment at ultra-fast time scales. By measuring the electrical activity in the amygdala of patients that had been implanted with electrodes in order to better...

  • New, free online system able to analyse the images from a magnetic resonance of the brain

    UPV | 25 May 2015 12:01

    Researchers of the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) and the National Center for Scientific Research (France) have developed Volbrain. The system enables worldwide scientists to obtain key cerebral information in order to advance in the research on neural pathologies. It provides information on the tissue volume in the intracranial cavity, as well as the cerebral hemispheres, the cere...

  • Children's impulsive behaviour is related to their brain connectivity

    SINC | 21 July 2014 09:17

    Researchers from the University of Murcia have studied the changes in the brain that are associated with impulsiveness, a personality trait that causes difficulties in inhibiting a response in the face of a stimulus and leads to unplanned actions without considering the negative consequences. These patterns can serve as an indicator for predicting the risk of behavioural problems.

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