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Source: TED
Why can’t our extremely complex eyes render simple optical illusions? Surprise, surprise — it comes back to the brain, which has only evolved to encounter natural stimuli.
Source: Society for Neuroscience
Although there are no pain-sensing fibers located in the brain, these fibers are present in nearby tissues. When they become activated, a headache can occur.
Source: Dana Foundation
The cochlear implant is a near-miraculous device, widely considered the most effective brain-machine interface technology yet developed. Now, researchers are working to make this very good implant even better.
Source: National Science Foundation

Playing a musical instrument can do wonders for our brains. But how does it affect our hearing later on in life?

Source: Society for Neuroscience
As the world population ages, cases of macular degeneration are likely to rise. Studies are examining ways to slow the disease and help patients regain sight.
Source: Society for Neuroscience
Neuroscientist Damien Fair discusses how brain imaging is used to explore ways to better characterize developmental brain disorders like autism and ADHD.

Recent Neuroscience in the News

Source: MIT Technology Review
Date: 30 Sept 2014
The U.S. announces $46 million to develop new technologies for exploring the brain.
Source: PBS
Date: 30 Sept 2014
The nation’s largest brain bank focused on the crippling disease known as CTE has now found the condition in 96 percent of players it has tested posthumously.
Source: BBC
Date: 28 Sept 2014
Do you have a "male" or "female" brain? Are there really significant brain differences between the sexes and if so, do these differences matter?

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