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HUMAN BRAIN PROJECT
The little android with a sense of touch
6 June 2018 7:48
Laura Chaparro

A typical feature of mammals lies in their ability to experience sensations, something that robots are beginning to imitate. With the help of artificial skins and algorithms, Czech and Italian researchers have managed to make a small humanoid robot aware of human contact and even notice if someone is invading his 'living' space.

Towards an early diagnosis through hearing capacity
How to detect the risk of dyslexia before learning to read
18 October 2017 9:30
SINC

Almost 10% of the world population suffers dyslexia. Establishing an early diagnosis would allow the development of training programs to palliate this disorder. We now may be nearer to reaching this goal thanks to a study carried out by the Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL), associating auditory processing in children to their reading skills. The results offer a new approach for detecting the risk before the children learn to read.

Rejection increases emotional problems in foster children
15 September 2015 10:25
SINC

A study carried out in Spain analyses the variables involved in behavioural problems of children in foster care. The study concludes that emotional relationships and educational style are key to reducing problems with children and the strain on foster families.

Abuse could lead to permanent brain damage
Childhood maltreatment associated with cerebral grey matter abnormalities
17 June 2014 10:30
SINC

An international study has analysed the association between childhood maltreatment and the volume of cerebral grey matter, responsible for processing information. The results revealed a significant deficit in various late developing regions of the brain after abuse.

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Nine in every ten children who drown do so in swimming pools
Over 70% of children who drowned could not swim and were not using flotation devices
8 July 2013 9:30
SINC

A recent study analyses cases of drowning attended to in 21 hospitals in Spain during the summers of 2009 and 2010. 60% of the victims were younger than six years old and more than 70% did not know how to swim and were not using flotation devices when they drowned. Furthermore, in eight in every ten cases their carers admitted to having supervised them less attentively.