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Neural circuit in the cricket brain detects the rhythm of the right mating call Scientists have identified an ingeniously elegant brain circuit consisting of just five nerve cells that allows female crickets to automatically identify the chirps of males from the same species through the rhythmic pulses hidden within the mating call. The circuit uses a time delay mechanism to match the gaps between pulses in a species-specific chirp [...] The post Neural circuit in the cricket brain detects the rhythm of the right mating call appeared first on PsyPost.
Study reveals connection between fitness level, brain activity, and executive function The aging process is associated with declines in brain function, including memory and how fast our brain processes information, yet previous research has found that higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness in older adults leads to better executive function in the brain, which helps with reasoning and problem solving. Higher cardiorespiratory fitness levels have also been [...] The post Study reveals connection between fitness level, brain activity, and executive function appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists examine how competition influences the evolution of decision-making This election year has produced 17 Republican presidential candidates, which on its surface may appear to give the party a competitive advantage. Evolution, however, disagrees. A new study by Michigan State University researcher Arend Hintze and appearing in the current issue of Scientific Reports, says the delicate balance of some, but not too much, competition [...] The post Scientists examine how competition influences the evolution of decision-making appeared first on PsyPost.
How music can help relieve chronic pain As the 17th-century English playwright William Congreve said: “Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.” It is known that listening to music can significantly enhance our health and general feelings of well-being. An important and growing area of research concerns how music helps to mitigate pain and its negative effects. Music has been shown [...] The post How music can help relieve chronic pain appeared first on PsyPost.
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