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Big brains or big guts: Choose one

August 28, 2019

Big brains can help an animal mount quick, flexible behavioral responses to frequent or unexpected environmental changes. But…
Tweaked CRISPR in Neurons Gives Scientists New Power to Probe Brain Diseases

August 19, 2019

A team of scientists at UC San Francisco and the National Institutes of Health have achieved another CRISPR…
Researchers investigate how the brain changes with different learning experiences

August 14, 2019

A new collaboration with an independent school in Menlo Park, Calif., is helping Stanford researchers better understand how…
Researchers reveal how protein mutation is involved in rare brain development disorder

June 28, 2019

Rearing its head in infancy, Christianson Syndrome is a rare disorder whose symptoms include intellectual disability, seizures and…
Researchers Discover How the Brain Changes When Mastering a New Skill

June 12, 2019

Mastering a new skill — whether a sport, an instrument or a craft — takes time and training.…
Childhood Adversity Linked to Earlier Puberty, Premature Brain Development, and Greater Mental Illness

June 4, 2019

Growing up in poverty and experiencing traumatic events like a bad accident or sexual assault can impact brain…
Researchers Detect Brain Differences between Fast and Slow Learners

May 31, 2019

Why do some people naturally excel at learning instruments, languages or technology while others take longer to pick…
Names prompt distinct brain activity in preschoolers

May 24, 2019

A study from Penn and CHOP found that when preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder hear their name, their…
Study will test pot’s effects on infants’ brain development

May 14, 2019

UW Medicine researchers are recruiting pregnant women to study whether prenatal marijuana use – in the absence of…
Brain signaling proteins hit the road running

May 3, 2019

Surprisingly complex movements in an important neurotransmitter receptor may help explain the brain’s unpredictable response to drugs, according…
How the Brain Learns New Skills

May 3, 2019

The human brain is “plastic”: it can adapt and rewire itself, often more easily when learning new things…
ABCD study completes enrollment, announces opportunities for scientific engagement

December 4, 2018

The National Institutes of Health announced that enrollment for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study is now…
Bigger brains are smarter, but not by much

December 4, 2018

The English idiom “highbrow,” derived from a physical description of a skull barely able to contain the brain…
Babies don’t just kick for nothing – they are mapping their bodies in their brain

December 1, 2018

Baby kicking in mother‘s belly is somewhat of milestone in his development. Everyone puts their hands on the…
To see what’s right in front of you, your brain may need some rewiring

October 24, 2018

Life-changing moments are also brain-changing moments: everything from a first kiss to a last goodbye modifies cells within…
Breast milk helps pre-term babies catch up in brain development

October 3, 2018

Some babies act like they are in a rush. They come to this world too quickly and have…
Overlooked signal in MRI scans reflects amount, kind of brain cells

September 27, 2018

An MRI scan often generates an ocean of data, most of which is never used. When overlooked data…
Male guppies grow larger brains in response to predator exposure

June 11, 2018

Male guppies exposed to predators in the wild or in captivity have heavier brains than those living in…
Humans Evolved Large Brains due to Ecological, Rather than Social Factors, New Research Finds

May 27, 2018

Similar to our primate cousins, we humans have unusually large and evolutionarily costly brains which consume as much…
One gene spurred growth of key brain area

April 13, 2018

Scientists have identified several genes that when mutated can cause children to be born with microcephaly, or abnormally…
NIH releases first dataset from unprecedented study of adolescent brain development

February 19, 2018

The National Institutes of Health Tuesday released to the scientific community an unparalleled dataset from the Adolescent Brain…
Researchers Solve the Mystery of Non-Coding DNA

January 29, 2018

For nearly a decade now, scientists have been perplexed by the presence of long, winding strings of DNA…
Eggs improve biomarkers related to infant brain development

December 21, 2017

Feeding eggs to infants could provide them with key nutrients for better brains. A study from the Brown…
Scientists discover a gene, which sparks the neurogenesis – the birth of brain cells

September 6, 2017

At some point no vertebrates had brains and this is weird to think about it. At the beginning…
Scientists give star treatment to lesser-known cells crucial for brain development

August 17, 2017

After decades of relative neglect, star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes are finally getting their due. To gather insight…
Scientists Find New Way to Map Differences in the Brain

August 11, 2017

There are about 100 billion neurons in an adult human brain. We’ve long known they don’t all look…
Study: Neurological conditions could begin in the womb

May 20, 2017

Researchers say a protein usually associated with the immune system could play a role in the development of…
Newborn baby brain scans will help scientists track brain development

May 12, 2017

Newborn baby brain scans will help scientists track brain development Scientists have published ground-breaking scans of newborn babies’…
Transporter of thyroid hormones is crucial for the embryonal development of the brain

February 8, 2017

Thyroid hormones are very important for the development of the brain. And when the transporters of these hormones…
Flat head syndrome linked to motor, language and cognitive delays

January 26, 2017

The research from The George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney highlights the need for…
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