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Not just a scholarly toy. Not just a scholarly toy. pennstatelive

You can’t dismiss brain imaging as just an academic gimmick

Given the media coverage brain imaging studies get, you might think that they are constantly revealing important secrets about this mysterious organ. Catherine Loveday thinks otherwise. She makes the point…
Piecing together the puzzle through brain imaging. Piecing together the puzzle through brain imaging. Stephenphampshire

Brain images give clues to activity in vegetative patients

A serious illness or brain injury can put a person into a coma: a sleep-like or a vegetative state where they are awake but unaware. These disorders of consciousness are sometimes not accurately diagnosed…
Stay still, I’ve missed a bit. Stay still, I’ve missed a bit. PA/Tim Whitby

Doing Arnie impressions can activate your brain

The voice is an important tool which we use to communicate and express ourselves. But our voices convey so much more than the words we say. Just a few words can reveal clues about someone’s gender, age…
Does my brain look small in this? Scans can be used to detect brain shrinkage. Does my brain look small in this? Scans can be used to detect brain shrinkage. Flickr/bucaorg

Brain scan library will help us understand normal ageing

As many as 500 brain scans are performed in Scotland every week. These scans are mostly used to diagnose - or rule out - serious diseases like strokes and tumours, but this is not their only function…
Neuroimaging is commonplace, but do you know what you’re getting into? Neuroimaging is commonplace, but do you know what you’re getting into? Katrina Lawrence/AFP

Adventures in blobology: 20 years of fMRI brain scanning

This month, fMRI brain imaging celebrates its 20th anniversary. And so it should. It has come to dominate cognitive neuroscience. Massive amounts of precious funding are poured into it and thousands of…
Neuroscience has made great gains but the best is yet to come. Neuroscience has made great gains but the best is yet to come. Jenn and Tony Bot

Picking your brains: what’s going on inside your head?

Welcome to On the brain, a new Conversation series by people whose job it is to know as much as there is to know about the body’s most complex organ. Here, Professor Geoffrey Donnan, a world-renowned stroke…

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Pain can be objectively measured

Scientists have found a means to objectively quantify pain. University of Michigan researchers have found the brain’s signature…

Making the brain transparent

Scientists have developed a new technique to study the brain, by making it transparent. Using a post-mortem mouse brain…

New way to measure pain

Researchers have developed a technique for measuring pain using magnetic resonance imaging. Over four studies they identified…

Brain maps reveal where decisions happen

Data studied over 30 years has revealed that reasoning and behavioural control depend on a different area from decision-making…

Seeing eye-to-eye is key to copying

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but how do our brains decide when and who we should copy? New research suggests…

How to navigate the brain

A new brain-mapping technique has been developed to provide rapid access to brain landmarks that were previously accessible…

Brain changes make quitters moody

Findings from a brain imaging study may provide clues for why some individuals with heavy cigarette-smoking habits experience…