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The Reading Brain: How the Brain Recognizes Words

When a skilled reader looks at a known word, their brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed, studies find.


Brain Plasticity: Foot Painters’ Toes Mapped Like Fingers

Using your feet like hands can cause organized ‘hand-like’ maps of the toes in the brain, never before documented in people, finds a UCL-led study of two professional foot painters.


Neuroplasticity: 8 Ways to Rewire Your Brain

It was long believed that once we grow up, our brains have a set number of neurons performing functions in a fixed way. In the past two decades, however, neuroscientists have dismantled, piece by piece, the entrenched view that the human brain is fixed and unchanging in adults. A growing number of research publications have illustrated the remarkable ability of the brain to reorganize itself in response to various sensory experiences.


Astronauts’ Brains Change Shape During Spaceflight

MRIs before and after space missions reveal that astronauts' brains compress and expand during spaceflight, according to a University of Michigan study.


Babies Who Suffered Stroke Regain Language Function in Opposite Side of Brain

A stroke in a baby -- even a big one -- does not have the same lasting impact as a stroke in an adult. A study found that a decade or two after a 'perinatal' stroke damaged the left 'language' side of the brain, affected teenagers and young adults used the right sides of their brain for language.


Learning to Read in Your 30s Profoundly Transforms the Brain

New research shows that when adults learn to read for the first time, the changes that occur in their brain are not limited to the outer layer of the brain, the cortex, but extends to deep brain structures in the thalamus and the brainstem. This was observed in illiterate Indian women who learned how to read and write for six months.


Scientists Unveil the ‘Face’ of a New Memory

A century-old dream of neuroscientists to visualize a memory has been fulfilled, as University of California, Irvine researchers, using newly developing microscopic techniques, have captured first-time images of the changes in brain cell connections following a common form of learning.