Why is it that people find songs such as James Taylor’s “Country Roads,” UB40’s “Red, Red Wine,” or The Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” so irresistibly enjoyable? In a recently published study researchers analyze 80,000 chords in 745 classic U.S. Billboard pop songs—including those three—and find that musical pleasure comes from the […]

Naturalistic auditory stories synchronize “visual” cortices across congenitally blind but not sighted individuals. Credit: Loiotile et al., JNeurosci (2019) Listening triggers synchronized activity in the ‘visual’ cortex in blind adults. In adults that are born blind, the “visual” cortex is activated in a similar way during a listening task, according […]


By expanding brain tissue twice, MIT scientists were able to obtain high-resolution images of neurons in the hippocampus. A group of scientists from MIT have developed a way to make extremely high-resolution images of tissue samples at a fraction of the cost of previous techniques. By expanding tissue before imaging […]