12th Annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences Awarded to Dr. Michael Young, Dr. Jeffrey Hall and Dr. Michael Rosbash

Deborah E. Wiley, Chair of The Wiley Foundation, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa & JWb), announced today that the twelfth annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences will be awarded to Dr. Michael Young, Rockefeller University, Dr. Jeffrey Hall, Brandeis University (Emeritus), and Dr. Michael Rosbash, Brandeis University.

The Wiley Prize is being awarded to Dr. Young, Dr. Hall and Dr. Rosbash for the discovery of the molecular mechanisms governing circadian rhythms.

“The molecular network discovered by these researchers imparts cyclic behavior to many biological processes including sleep and wakefulness, metabolism and even the response to drugs,” said Dr. Günter Blobel, Chairman of the awards jury for the Wiley Prize. Continue reading

Are Bilingual People Smarter?

BilingualSpeaking more than one language has unmistakable benefits in global communication and international business. However, researchers have recently discovered additional advantages of being bi- or multilingual. Not only can bilinguals converse with more people and enrich their lives culturally, but it is now being suggested that knowing a second language can make your brain more efficient by improving cognitive skills.

Historically, bilingualism has been viewed as a cognitive interference in regards to intellectual development, which is an understanding markedly different from new research findings. Those holding this standpoint are not entirely wrong. Evidence shows that when someone is fluent in two languages, Continue reading

Global Experiment Probes the Deceptions of Human Memory

bbc-neuroscience-memory-testPreliminary results are in from a huge online experiment designed to test a flaw in the way the brain stores memories. [VIDEO]

Earlier this year, an online memory experiment was launched on the Guardian blog. They had an extraordinary response. In the three weeks the experiment was live, tens of thousands of people of all ages and from all around the world took part, making it one of the biggest memory experiments ever conducted. Although they only had a couple of weeks to process the responses, here’s a sneak preview of the numbers from a sample of 27,000 participants. Continue reading