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gray matter

Fig. intelligence; brains; power of thought. Use your gray matter and think what will happen if the committee resigns. Surely they'll come up with an acceptable solution if they use some gray matter.
See also: gray, matter

gray matter

Brains, intellect, as in If you'd only use your gray matter, you'd see the answer in a minute. This expression refers to actual brain tissue that is gray in color. Agatha Christie's fictional detective, Hercule Poirot, constantly alludes to using the little gray cells for solving a crime. [Late 1800s]
See also: gray, matter
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The researchers compared gray matter in bilinguals of American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English with monolingual users of English.
For this reason, scientists are not certain if the volume reduction noted in the hippocampus, and in the gray matter of the frontal and parietal cortex, the temporal lobe, the anterior cingulate, and the cerebellum of OSA sufferers result from actual neuronal changes or from changes in blood flow to these structures.
Topics addressing normal-appearing gray matter include assessing its pathology, measuring imaging gray matter volume, assessing magnetization transfer and diffusion-weighted imaging, and using MR spectroscopy and functional MRI.
For the study, the researchers measured gray matter densities in areas of the brain responsible for memory, language processing and attention.
Baseline comparison of TEFR participants and controls revealed no significant differences in gray matter volume.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Individuals with a higher level of moral reasoning skills showed increased gray matter in the areas of the brain implicated in complex social behavior, decision making, and conflict processing as compared to subjects at a lower level of moral reasoning, according to new research.
CCortex is a massive spiking neuron network emulation and will mimic the human cortex, the outer layer of gray matter at the cerebral hemispheres, largely responsible for higher brain functions.
But the pattern of gray matter loss is significantly different in men and women, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Progressive loss of brain gray matter (GM) has been reported in childhood-onset schizophrenia; however, it is uncertain whether these changes are shared by pediatric patients with different psychoses," the researchers said.
The indicators of gray matter reduction in the parietal, prefrontal, and temporal regions were completely absent, suggesting that the neurologic organization process is not occurring in these individuals.
26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An active lifestyle helps preserve gray matter in the brains of older adults and could reduce the burden of dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
The skipper's command reverberated in my gray matter with sickening adhesiveness.
Kinney knew previous studies had shown that people in a persistent vegetative state suffer extensive damage to the cerebral cortex, the gray matter that forms the outer layer of the human brain.
Washington, Aug 31 (ANI): A new research has revealed that decline in hearing ability may accelerate gray matter atrophy in auditory areas of the brain thereby increasing the listening effort necessary for older people to successfully comprehend speech.
The gray matter in the parietal lobes of children with Down syndrome is preserved, despite their overall smaller brain volumes, reported Dr.