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Research Suggests Eyes Reflect Upcoming Decisions

New research suggests that eye movements may come before hand movements in actions that require a two-step decision-making process. The study is published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurophysiology (JNP).

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Study: Despite failures, chemo still promising against dangerous childhood brain cancer, DIPG

Newswise imageChemotherapy has been so unsuccessful against DIPG that researchers have questioned whether chemotherapy drugs are even able to reach the cancer. University of Colorado Cancer Center study shows, "... medicine does reach DIPG tissue in good quantities that have the potential to be effective against the tumor," says lead researcher.

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Mother/Infant Skin-to-Skin Touch Boosts Baby's Brain Development and Function

Newswise imageAs the world prioritizes social distancing due to COVID-19, new research shows that extended use of Kangaroo Care, a skin-to-skin, chest-to-chest method of caring for a baby, can positively benefit full-term infants and their mothers, which has important implications for post-partum depression. The study provides evidence that the physiology of mothers and their full-term infants is influenced by Kangaroo care: it increases oxytocin levels in mothers, and during infancy, can favorably influence both neurodevelopmental trajectories and infant neurobiological functioning.

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Recipe for Neuromorphic Processing Systems?

Newswise imageThe field of "brain-mimicking" neuromorphic electronics shows great potential for basic research and commercial applications, and researchers in Germany and Switzerland recently explored the possibility of reproducing the physics of real neural circuits by using the physics of silicon. In Applied Physics Letters, they present their work to understand neural processing systems, as well as a recipe to reproduce these computing principles in mixed signal analog/digital electronics and novel materials.

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