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Spark Blog: How Does Your Brain React to Gibberish?

The scientists in Oregon wanted to see how brains react to mistakes in grammar, even when the listener isn’t fluent in the language being spoken!

Sep 10th, 2008 | 8 comments

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In the News: European Magpie: No Bird Brain

Until recently only great apes and some other big-brained mammals were thought capable of passing the “mirror test.” Enter the European magpie.

Sep 9th, 2008 | 4 comments

Spark Blog: Inside Alan Alda’s Brain

In Oregon, we peered with both an MRI and a brain wave monitor into Alan’s brain to find out how he employs it for language and tool use.

Aug 27th, 2008 | 10 comments

Spark Blog: Video: Why I Volunteer to Have My Brain Scanned

Brian Moore is one of the people who has volunteered a couple of times for Helen Neville’s language fMRI studies at the University of Oregon. Find out why in this video clip.

Aug 19th, 2008 | 3 comments

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In the News: Why We Attribute Human Qualities to Machines

Now researchers observe that the more "human" a robot seems, the more active are the brain regions that think about the intentions and desires of others -- even if that other is a machine.

Aug 13th, 2008 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Shooting MRI Scenes — It’s Magnetic!

We started in the morning with what turned into a rather chaotic fMRI scene -- six people in two locations. And the magnetism of the equipment made filming complicated.

Aug 12th, 2008 | 1 comment

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In the News: Electrical Stimulation May Improve Learning

In Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, an electrical current is applied to the head and passed to the brain. Preliminary results suggest that TDCS could enhance memory and learning.

Jul 8th, 2008 | 1 comment
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