Novel research deconstruct inner workings of the brain

CHICAGO — Research presented today at Neuroscience 2009, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health, provide further insights into brain mechanisms, including those involved in music, social interaction, learning and memory.

Specific research released today:

  • New findings indicate that musical training might enhance other auditory skills such as language acquisition and reading, and provides important diagnostic and treatment options for a number of hearing and language disorders.
  • Scientists employ new light-activated circuits to explore how the brain functions in both normal and pathological situations.
  • How a person reads another’s facial cues can affect an individual’s ability to engage socially. Research focuses on how the brain recognizes and processes facial data in typical social interactions and how people with disorders like autism, Williams, Rett’s, Fragile X, and Timothy syndromes can vary in their ability to engage with others.

More information on the studies released today is available at and

Neuroscience 2009 is a multifaceted exchange of important science research across biological, behavioral, psychological, and chemical disciplines. Hundreds of the world’s foremost researchers, clinicians, and experts on all matters concerning the brain will present research findings and be available for interviews.

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