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After a stroke, there is an increased risk of suffering a second one. Until now, it was unclear whether the brain is able to recover after a second attack, and whether the activation of the right hemisphere areas is supportive for the regeneration at all. Scientists at MPI CBS now found an answer by using virtual lesions. more

The brain seems to have two different systems through which we can put ourselves into the shoes of someone else. These two systems mature at different times such that only four-year-olds can understand what another person is thinking, and not, as some have assumed, one-year-olds. These are the findings from a new study in the journal PNAS. more

If the heart pumps too little blood into the body, the brain is usually not adequately supplied with oxygen. Until now, however, it was unclear how this affects brain structure. Researchers at MPI CBS, together with colleagues from the Leipzig Heart Clinic, have now figured out that the grey matter also suffers from a weak heart. more

How does the brain decide which of the senses it will focus attention on when two interact? For the first time, scientists measured the sensory signals at different depths in the cortex. more

Larger parts of the cerebral cortex than thought process tactile stimuli. more

Angela D. Friederici is the first German-speaking prizewinner to receive the Justine and Yves Sergent Award. more

In order to orient ourselves in space, and to find our way around, we form mental maps of our surroundings. But what happens if the coordinate system of our brain, which measures our mental maps, is distorted? Jacob Bellmund and Christian Doeller show in Nature Human Behaviour that under these circumstances there are also distortions in our spatial memory. more

Scientists found that musical pleasure comes from the right combination of uncertainty and surprise. more

Brain-computer interfaces have a structural impact on brain substance after one hour’s training. more

A new epigenetic study suggests that mothers' behavior can also have a substantial impact on their children's developing oxytocin systems. more

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