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New research reveals that individuals who experience vision loss before age 10 struggle more with judging sound distance compared to those who lose sight later in life. This difficulty in perceiving the location of sounds has significant implications for safety and navigation. The study highlights the need for tailored healthcare solutions for those with early vision loss to enhance their quality of life.
A new study examines the possibility of consciousness in artificial systems, focusing on ruling out scenarios where AI appears conscious without actually being so. Using the free energy principle, the study highlights that while some information processes of living organisms can be simulated by computers, the causal structure differences between brains and computers may be crucial for consciousness. This approach aims to prevent the inadvertent creation of artificial consciousness and mitigate deception by seemingly conscious AI.
Astrocytes, star-shaped glial cells in the brain, play a crucial role in learning and memory by regulating synaptic plasticity. Researchers developed a biophysical model showing how astrocytes interact with nerve cells to facilitate rapid adaptation to new information.

Neurology news articles cover neurology, brain cancer, traumatic brain injuries, neurosurgery, neuroanatomy, brain research and neurological disorders.

Researchers developed a new method, burst sine wave electroporation (B-SWE), to treat glioblastoma, a fast-growing brain tumor. B-SWE disrupts the blood-brain barrier more effectively than traditional methods, allowing cancer drugs better access to the brain.
Researchers established new criteria for Limbic-predominant Amnestic Neurodegenerative Syndrome (LANS), a memory-loss condition often mistaken for Alzheimer's disease. Unlike Alzheimer’s, LANS progresses more slowly and has a better prognosis. The criteria help doctors diagnose LANS in living patients using brain scans and biomarkers. This advancement aids in better management and tailored treatments for memory loss.
Researchers used machine learning to identify three subtypes of Parkinson’s disease based on progression speed. These subtypes, marked by distinct genetic drivers, could enhance diagnosis and treatment strategies.

AI news articles cover science articles about artificial intelligence including ChatGPT, Bard, Dalle, neural networks, machine learning, LLMs, AGI and other AI related topics.

A new study reveals that over 60% of participants prefer AI over humans for redistributive decisions, despite finding AI decisions less satisfying and fair. Researchers conducted an online experiment with over 200 participants from the UK and Germany.
Researchers developed a neural network that mimics human decision-making by incorporating elements of uncertainty and evidence accumulation. This model, trained on handwritten digits, produces more human-like decisions compared to traditional neural networks.
A new AI tool predicts Alzheimer's progression with 82% accuracy using cognitive tests and MRI scans, outperforming current methods. This tool could reduce the need for costly tests and improve early intervention. Alzheimer's disease is the main cause of dementia, affecting over 55 million people worldwide.

Science research articles cover psychology, depression, mental health, schizophrenia, mental disorders, happiness, stress, PTSD, autism, psychiatry and therapy.

Mindfulness training can lead to altered states of consciousness, such as disembodiment and unity. Researchers found that participants were twice as likely to experience these states compared to a control group. While these experiences can be positive, they may also be startling or unpleasant. Mindfulness teachers and students should discuss these potential side effects.
A new study reveals that psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms, temporarily disrupts brain networks involved in introspective thinking, like daydreaming and memory. These changes persist for weeks, potentially making the brain more flexible and improving mental health. The findings could pave the way for psilocybin-based therapies for depression and PTSD. The research underscores the importance of using these drugs under medical supervision.

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A new study reveals the role of the molecule KIBRA in forming long-term memories. Researchers found that KIBRA acts as a “glue,” binding with the enzyme PKMzeta to strengthen and stabilize synapses, crucial for memory retention. This discovery could lead to new treatments for memory-related conditions. The findings confirm a long-standing hypothesis about memory storage mechanisms.
Mindfulness training can lead to altered states of consciousness, such as disembodiment and unity. Researchers found that participants were twice as likely to experience these states compared to a control group. While these experiences can be positive, they may also be startling or unpleasant. Mindfulness teachers and students should discuss these potential side effects.
A new study uncovers the different patterns and reasons behind procrastination using a mathematical framework. It shows that procrastination is influenced by factors like immediate rewards and uncertainty about future outcomes. These insights can help develop personalized strategies to combat procrastination and improve productivity. The research also highlights the importance of understanding individual procrastination behaviors.
Researchers have discovered how glial cells can be reprogrammed into neurons through epigenetic modifications, offering hope for treating neurological disorders. This reprogramming involves complex molecular mechanisms, including the transcription factor Neurogenin2 and the newly identified protein YingYang1, which opens chromatin for reprogramming. The study reveals how coordinated epigenome changes drive this process, potentially leading to new therapies for brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases.