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The Brain Straddles the Line between Maximum Excitability and Chaos to Improve the Processing of Information

October 14, 2019

A new study conducted by the Washington University in St. Louis, and published on 7 October 2019 in…
Olfactory and auditory stimuli change the perception of our body

September 11, 2019

A pioneering investigation developed by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) alongside the University of Sussex and…
This protein is how creatures sense cold—and it’s found in organisms ranging from tiny worms to humans

August 30, 2019

Researchers have identified a receptor protein that can detect when winter is coming. The findings, published in the…
New pain organ discovered in the skin

August 20, 2019

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have discovered a new sensory receptor organ that is able to detect painful mechanical…
Caterpillars perceive colour through their skin

August 16, 2019

It is difficult to distinguish caterpillars of the peppered moth from a twig. The caterpillars not only mimic…
How the Brain Integrates Sensory Input

May 10, 2019

Hearing, sight, touch – our brain captures a wide range of distinct sensory stimuli and links them together.…
Time-Traveling Illusion Tricks the Brain

October 10, 2018

We experience the world through our senses, a constant torrent of sights, sounds, smells, and more. Our brains…
Songbird data yields new theory for learning sensorimotor skills

October 8, 2018

Songbirds learn to sing in a way similar to how humans learn to speak — by listening to…
Brain Arousal Compound Noradrenaline Plays Critical Role in Sensory Perception

July 11, 2018

Being aware of our surroundings is a fundamental aspect of our existence. But what in our biological makeup…
Amputees use new, naturalistic sensory device at home for daily tasks

July 4, 2018

In the first known study of how amputees use  advanced sensory-enabled prostheses outside the lab, subjects used a…
The Unbearable Sensation of Being: Living With Sensory Processing Disorder

July 2, 2018

Xander, while growing up in the perpetual sensory assault of Manhattan, had to get off the train any…
Bigger human brain prioritizes thinking hub – at a cost

June 6, 2018

Some human brains are nearly twice the size of others – but how might that matter? Researchers at…
What a locust’s nose taught engineers about monkeys’ ears

June 2, 2017

Is there an opposite for the smell of a rose? Is silence simply the absence of sound? The…
Bees assess the quality of the pollen using a combination of senses

November 10, 2016

Tiny, yet extremely important creatures, bees are known to be good at navigating fields to find the best…
Fighting pain through knowledge about sensory organs in the fingertips

October 12, 2016

Learning how sensory organs in the skin work may solve sensory disorders, including pain seen in inflammation, diabetes…
Zebrafish reveal the ups and downs of vision

July 1, 2016

Researchers from the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London have shed light on how we perceive…
Study shows how judgment of sensory simultaneity may develop in the brain

June 5, 2016

Most people encounter most things by sensing them in multiple ways. As we hear the words people speak,…
Sensory function: Thalamus enhances and stores sensory information

January 26, 2016

Important brain network for processing sensory perceptions elucidated Every day, we constantly absorb information through our sensory organs,…
Scientists Demonstrate Basics of Nucleic Acid Computing Inside Cells

January 20, 2016

Using strands of nucleic acid, scientists have demonstrated basic computing operations inside a living mammalian cell. The research…
Size Matters for Oceanic Life

September 25, 2015

Size is a key parameter to characterize many biological processes in marine environments, such as metabolic rates, feeding…
Locusts provide insight into brain response to stimuli, senses

April 29, 2015

By training a type of grasshopper to recognize odors, a team of biomedical engineers at Washington University in…
Genetic, developmental and anatomical basis of natural selection for sensory structures

September 26, 2014

Bat skull   Hoping to understand how the tremendous diversity of life on Earth evolved even as irreversible…
Bats use the evening sky’s polarization pattern for orientation

July 28, 2014

Animals can use varying sensory modalities for orientation, some of which might be very different from ours. Some…
EyeMusic: Hearing colored shapes

April 22, 2014

How does the rectangle sound like? Or triangle? What noise do you think the color purple or any particular shape…
Does obesity reshape our sense of taste?

November 27, 2013

Obesity may alter the way we taste at the most fundamental level: by changing how our tongues react…
Do Not Shave a Fruit Fly’s Eyes

November 13, 2013

From a distance, insects can appear smooth and sleek, but get close enough and hundreds of tiny bristles…
Electric fish may hold answers to better understanding of sensory abilities and movement

September 4, 2013

The weakly electric fish, so named because it generates a weak electric field, can do some very cool…
Breakthrough Study Reveals Biological Basis for Sensory Processing Disorders in Kids

July 12, 2013

Sensory processing disorders (SPD) are more prevalent in children than autism and as common as attention deficit hyperactivity…
Researchers Discover How Fruit Flies Know to Mate with Their Own Species

June 30, 2013

Finding Sheds Light on Species Recognition Among Animals A team led by UC San Francisco researchers has discovered…
Flies use different nerve cell circuits to process motion and position information

May 14, 2013

If a mosquito approaches a human ear or a bee heads for the next flower, two things are…
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