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A Map of the Brain Could Teach Machines to See Like You

Take a three-year-old to the zoo, and she intuitively knows that the long-necked creature nibbling leaves is the same thing as the giraffe in her picture book. That superficially easy feat is in reality quite sophisticated. The cartoon drawing is a frozen silhouette of simple lines, while the living animal ...

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Being Bilingual Changes the Architecture of Your Brain

I’d been back from studying abroad in Mexico City for a couple of days when I asked my dad, “Can I use the lavadora?” “The what?” He didn’t speak Spanish. I knew that, of course. I didn’t even really speak Spanish. I had barely been able to hold a conversation ...

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Singing in the brain: Songbirds sing like humans

A songbirds’ vocal muscles work like those of human speakers and singers, finds a study recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The research on Bengalese finches showed that each of their vocal muscles can change its function to help produce different parameters of sounds, in a manner similar to ...

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How music, language shape the brain

Northwestern University professor Nina Kraus shed light on one of the brain’s most complex tasks — making sense of sound — during the recent Falling Walls conference in Berlin. The annual gathering features significant discoveries or “breakthroughs” by 20 of the world’s leading scientists and social leaders across a wide ...

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How the brain controls sleep

Sleep is usually considered an all-or-nothing state: The brain is either entirely awake or entirely asleep. However, MIT neuroscientists have discovered a brain circuit that can trigger small regions of the brain to fall asleep or become less alert, while the rest of the brain remains awake. This circuit originates ...

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