Using the Dr. Seuss classic, The Lorax, researchers shed new light on how the brain engages during complex audiovisual speech perception. The findings reveal how the brain utilizes a complex network of brain regions involved in sensory processing, multisensory integration, and cognitive functions to comprehend a story's context.
Children on the autism spectrum may not always process bodily movements correctly, especially if they are distracted by something else.
For some, cognitive performance on tasks improves while walking via a change in the use of neural resources.
The association between exposure to socio-economic and environmental risks for psychosis and psychotic-like experiences are present during late childhood, much earlier than previously believed. The findings could assist in assessing risk factors for the development of schizophrenia later in life.
Centrifugal fibers which carry impulses from parts of the central nervous system to early sensory regions of the brain play a critical role in olfactory processing.
Brain circuitry responsible for motivation and pleasure is activated when a person experiences pain. The findings reveal a link as to why some people may overeat when they experience chronic pain.
Study reveals how the brain is able to focus its attention on a single speaker in a crowded, noisy environment.
Virtual reality is helping researchers uncover some of the secrets of anxiety. Using VR, study participants were able to distinguish between safe and dangerous environments in a game. However, brain scans of those with anxiety showed increased activity in the insula and dorsomedial prefrontal cortex while in a safe zone, indicating their brains were associating the safe environment with threat or danger.
Reinterpreting stress response as performance-enhancing makes people less anxious and improves general wellbeing, researchers report.
Researchers have identified four cognitive profiles associated with menopause. Findings reveal women who experience stronger verbal learning and memory, in addition to better attention and executive function during menopause, are less likely to experience hot flashes and depression. Women who experienced cognitive weakness had an increased risk of depression and sleep disruptions.