If you’ve ever found yourself in an MRI machine, you know keeping still isn’t easy. For newborns, it’s nearly impossible. Now, a portable, ultrasonic brain probe about the size of a domino could do similar work, detecting seizures and other abnormal brain activity in real time, according to a new study. It could also monitor growing babies for brain damage that can lead to diseases like cerebral palsy. (October 11, 2017)
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Your Brain on Autopilot
Ever realized you have driven yourself home but have not really been paying attention? Brain scans have revealed that when your mind wanders, it switches into “autopilot” mode, enabling you to carry on without much conscious thought. Our autopilot mode seems to be run by a set of brain structures called the default mode network (DMN). Several studies have found that the DMN seems to be involved in assessing past events and planning for the future. Others suggest the network is involved in self-awareness.
Source: New Scientist
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