Monthly Archives: September 2014

24 09, 2014

The Science of Selflessness

2014-09-24T18:40:13-05:00 September 24th, 2014|Brain MRI, MRI, MRI Research, Radiology|

In a scientific landscape where "Survival of the fittest" is as accepted as biological fact, a certain group of humans behaving benevolently--altruists--has puzzled scientists for years. An altruist will go so far as to endanger their own self to help another, even a complete stranger. A new study called Neural and cognitive characteristics of extraordinary [...]

10 09, 2014

Movies Synchronize Audience Brains: MRI Studies

2014-09-10T20:15:56-05:00 September 10th, 2014|Brain MRI, MRI, MRI Research, Radiology|

The term 'neurocinematics', coined by Princeton psychology professor Uri Hasson, refers to the effects that movies have on the human brain. For his 2004 paper entitled Intersubject Synchronization of Cortical Activity During Natural Vision, Hasson found that the MRI brain scans of cinema-goers watching a clip of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly showed that [...]

4 09, 2014

Learning New Language Literally Enlarges Brain: MRI Study

2014-09-04T20:59:45-05:00 September 4th, 2014|Brain MRI, Medical Imaging, MRI, Radiology|

"Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own," said Goethe. A bold statement, but there may be some truth to it: A new Swedish study has found that when learning a new language, certain areas of the brain literally grow. The study, entitled Growth of language-related brain areas after foreign language [...]