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Bacteria and their Bearing on Bowels and Brain

May 31, 2019

Microbiome’s effects on autism, inflammatory bowel disease explored. PNNL researchers today published a pair of papers, in Cell…
PNNL, OHSU Work Together to Reveal Key Brain Switch

May 8, 2019

The structure of a fundamental electrical switch in the brain has been revealed, thanks to PNNL researchers working…
Choices may be Predicted on the Basis of Neural Activity before we even become Aware of making Them

March 6, 2019

As neuroscience and cognitive science continue to make headway, the deeply felt and perfectly intuitive sense that we…
Dopamine’s yin-yang personality: It’s an upper and a downer

December 12, 2018

For decades, psychologists have viewed the neurotransmitter dopamine as a double-edged sword: released in the brain as a…
Gene Enhancers Are Important Despite Apparent Redundancy

February 1, 2018

Every cell in the body has the same DNA and genes, so a cell’s properties and functions are…
Researchers at Sandia work on new way to image brain

January 23, 2018

Sandia National Laboratories researchers want to use small magnetic sensors to image the brain in a way that’s…
Why our eyes are moving all the time and yet the image we’re seeing isn’t shaking?

December 8, 2017

Seeing around a corner may sound like some sort of fictional superpower. Seeing something that your eyes cannot…
Pitch imperfect? How the brain decodes pitch may improve cochlear implants

November 22, 2017

Picture yourself with a friend in a crowded restaurant. The din of other diners, the clattering of dishes,…
‘Bursts’ of beta waves, not sustained rhythms, filter sensory processing in brain

November 8, 2017

Scientists at Brown University have found that people and mice alike use brief bursts of beta brainwaves, rather…
Brain activity predicts crowdfunding outcomes better than self-reports

October 19, 2017

Surveys and self-reports are a time-honored way of trying to predict consumer behavior, but they have limitations. People…
Chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats

June 29, 2017

It’s a classic conundrum: while rushing to get to an important meeting or appointment on time, you spot…
Scientists pinpoint area of the brain that regulates emotional spillover

June 21, 2017

Life is full of emotional highs and lows, and sometimes we let emotions from one situation carry on…
The Hunger Gates

June 19, 2017

The urge to satisfy hunger is a primal one, but, as any dieter knows, choices about when and…
Behind sociability? The medial prefrontal cortex

June 5, 2017

Could it be possible to run a normal existence without social life? Indeed, sociability is an important aspect…
NIH scientists try to crack the brain’s memory codes

June 5, 2017

In a pair of studies, scientists at the National Institutes of Health explored how the human brain stores…
A ‘Wearable’ Brain Scanner Inspired by Brookhaven Technology

May 22, 2017

Building on a Brookhaven Lab innovation designed for brain imaging in moving rats, a team in Virginia and…
Study beefs up support for brain cells that control protein hunger

May 12, 2017

Have you ever found yourself craving a steak or a burger? The brain controls our feelings of hunger…
Researchers find unexpected communication between brain regions involved in infant motor control

May 5, 2017

A newborn’s brain is abuzz with activity. Day and night, it’s processing signals from all over the body, from…
New method for analyzing brain activity helps understand stroke impact

February 26, 2017

A new method developed by Rice University psychologists for analyzing brain activity may help better understand what happens…
Sleep Regulator

February 6, 2017

Sleep—one of the most basic, yet most mystifying processes of the human body—has confounded physicians, scientists and evolutionary…
Nicotine normalizes brain deficits key to schizophrenia

January 25, 2017

A steady stream of nicotine normalizes genetically-induced impairments in brain activity associated with schizophrenia, according to new research…
Which brain networks respond when someone sticks to a belief?

December 28, 2016

USC-led study confirms what seems increasingly true in American politics: People are hardheaded about their political beliefs, even…
Brain “reads” sentences the same in English and Portugese

November 18, 2016

An international research team led by Carnegie Mellon University has found that when the brain “reads” or decodes…
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