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Did human-like intelligence evolve to care for helpless babies?

Did human-like intelligence evolve to care for helpless babies?

May 23, 2016

A self-reinforcing cycle of large brains, early birth, vulnerable infants, and intelligent parents is at the center of a novel model of human intelligence developed by brain and cognitive science researchers.

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4 mental blocks that keep you from being a work superstar

4 mental blocks that keep you from being a work superstar

July 7, 2015

How to Outsmart Your Noggin: What you drown out can be just as important to your brain’s efficiency as what you absorb, according to a recent University of Rochester study.

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Human foetus cells injected into baby mice to create ‘supermouse’

Human foetus cells injected into baby mice to create ‘supermouse’

December 4, 2014

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical said it was like ‘ramping up the power’ of the mouse brain, because human cells are so much more advanced. They found that mice with the human brain cells had memories that were four times better than their siblings who did not have the injections.

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Mice implanted with human brain cells become smarter

Mice implanted with human brain cells become smarter

December 2, 2014

It turns out that a type of cell found in the human central nervous system that had previously been thought little more than a sort of “housekeeper” cell is actually really important for cognitive function. How did we learn this? A team of researchers used them to create mouse-human hybrids.

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Putting Rocket Raccoon’s hippocampus into hyperdrive

Putting Rocket Raccoon’s hippocampus into hyperdrive

August 5, 2014

Xiaoning Han and colleagues in the laboratories of Steven Goldman and Maiken Nedergaard at the University of Rochester Medical Center posed an interesting question—can you enhance the processing ability of one species by surgically implanting and grafting cells from the brain of another “smarter” species?

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What’s Your Motion Quotient

What’s Your Motion Quotient

June 19, 2013

A surprisingly simple exercise measures the brain’s unconscious ability to filter out visual movement, and points to an unexpected link between IQ and motion filtering

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