Brain’s iconic seat of speech goes silent when we actually talk

The brain's speech area, named after 19th century French physician Pierre Paul Broca, shuts down when we talk out loud, according to a new study that challenges the long-held belief that 'Broca's area' governs all aspects of speech production.
Roger Bales

UC awards $23 million to multicampus research collaborations

Grants will go to a diverse array of projects, from developing an implantable device that could correct memory impairment to an effort to help California better manage its water resources.
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Meditation may slow age-related loss of gray matter in the brain

A new study by UCLA researchers found that meditation appeared to help preserve the brain’s gray matter, the tissue that contains neurons.
Cameron Carter, Christopher Giza and Bruce Miller

UCSF’s Bruce Miller urges Congress to fund brain research

Funding support provided by the National Institutes of Health remains crucial to finding treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.
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How songbirds may help build a better hearing aid

Avian ability to pinpoint 'signal' sounds inspires algorithm at the heart of a new type of auditory device.
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Obese children’s brains respond more to sugar

Most of us light up at the taste of a sweet treat. But the response is heightened in overweight children, suggesting that they may be predisposed to crave more sugar.
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Even those who know better find junk food irresistible

The sight of a burger and fries pushes our happy button, even if you know a salad is better for you.
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Why humans have superior reasoning skills

It's all in the brain — a network that's key to analysis, memory retrieval, abstract thinking and problem-solving, and missing from other primates.
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Team wins grant to tackle concussions among football players

New ‘microlattice’ helmet material would reduce head injuries, track collision impacts.
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What monkeys can teach us about pitching

New motor learning research suggests that 'muscle memory actually is something the brain is constantly relearning.