How Strong Is Your Mental Imagery? It Might Depend on How ‘Excitable’ Your Neurons Are
The strength of a person’s mental imagery is associated with excitability in the prefrontal cortex and visual cortex. Highly excitable neurons in the visual cortex may reduce a person’s ability to imagine mental images. The findings shed light on how aphantasia, a condition where a person can not imaging mental images, may occur.
Study Highlights Biases and Social Implications in COVID-19 Crisis
The biases individuals harbor against people they see as physically dirty emerge in children as young as five years old and persist into adulthood, according to a new study by researchers from Boston College and Franklin & Marshall College, who found these prejudices extend to the sick and may hold implications for people diagnosed with Covid-19.
Evidence That Human Brains Replay Our Waking Experiences While We Sleep
When we fall asleep, our brains are not merely offline, they're busy organizing new memories -- and now, scientists have gotten a glimpse of the process. Researchers report the first direct evidence that human brains replay waking experiences while asleep, seen in the brains of two participants who had been implanted with microelectrode arrays as part of a brain-computer interface pilot clinical trial.