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  1. Plain-language Summaries: Results of the 2016 eLife digest reader survey

    A survey of over 300 people reveals what our readers really think of eLife digests.
  2. Living Science: Words without meaning

    Eve Marder
    Many of the words used by scientists when reviewing manuscripts, job candidates and grant applications – words such as incremental, novelty, mechanism, descriptive and impact – have lost their meaning.
  3. Plain-language Summaries of Research: Writing for different readers

    Peter Rodgers
    More could be done to make research papers readily understandable by the public.
    1. Neuroscience

    Poor coherence in older people's speech is explained by impaired semantic and executive processes

    Paul Hoffman et al.
    Remaining focused on the topic at hand when speaking depends on effective selection of task-relevant semantic knowledge, and declines in this ability account for increases in off-topic speech in older people.
    1. Neuroscience

    miR-9 regulates basal ganglia-dependent developmental vocal learning and adult vocal performance in songbirds

    Zhimin Shi et al.
    Gene manipulation combined with behavior analysis reveals a role of miR-9 in modulating basal-ganglia-dependent developmental vocal learning and adult vocal performance via regulating the FOXP1/FOXP2 gene network and dopamine signaling in songbirds.
    1. Neuroscience

    Conceptual metaphorical mapping in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)

    Christoph D Dahl, Ikuma Adachi
    The use of metaphorical concepts is not unique to humans.
    1. Neuroscience

    A compositional neural code in high-level visual cortex can explain jumbled word reading

    Aakash Agrawal et al.
    Viewing a jumbled word activates an efficient visual representation in high-level visual cortex that is matched to stored words in the word form area.
    1. Neuroscience

    Neuronal populations in the occipital cortex of the blind synchronize to the temporal dynamics of speech

    Markus Johannes Van Ackeren et al.
    Blind people re-purpose the brain's visual areas for tracking speech rhythm.
    1. Neuroscience

    Specific lexico-semantic predictions are associated with unique spatial and temporal patterns of neural activity

    Lin Wang et al.
    The prediction of specific words is associated with distinct spatial and temporal patterns of neural activity within the left inferior and medial temporal regions before the predicted word is presented.
    1. Neuroscience

    Intrinsically regulated learning is modulated by synaptic dopamine signaling

    Pablo Ripollés et al.
    Dopamine modulates behavioral measures of learning and pleasantness in a learning task guided by intrinsic reward, inducing long-term memory benefits specially in those participants with a high sensitivity to reward.