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Loose Connections of Anxiety and Addiction

2 days ago

Binge drinking and alcoholism affect tens of millions of people throughout the country. While it’s certainly a social…
The Path Toward Brain-Like Computers

2 days ago

Since the advent of computing, people have lauded technology’s potential to act as a human brain. In truth,…
It’s About Time for a Fruit Fly

November 28, 2019

Time can be measured in many ways: a watch, a sundial, the body’s natural circadian rhythms. What about…
The GPS in Our Brains

November 22, 2019

Humans are really good at navigation. It’s how we managed — over eons — to migrate across the…
The difference between an expert’s brain and a novice’s

November 19, 2019

When mice learn to do a new task, their brain activities change over time as they advance from…
Memory recall and spatial navigation elicit similar electrical activity in brain

November 18, 2019

The brain constructs maps to guide people, not just of physical spaces but also to connect stimuli around…
Reading the brain’s map: coordinated brain activation supports spatial learning and decision-making

October 31, 2019

Specialized brain activation “replays” the possible routes that rats can take as they navigate a space, helping them…
Groundbreaking study improves understanding of brain function

October 31, 2019

Dr. Corrado Calì, a research scientist specializing in brain imaging at KAUST, and Swiss scientists from the Blue Brain…
Scientists identify brain circuit responsible for building memories during sleep

October 30, 2019

Neuroscientists at the University of Alberta have identified a mechanism that may help build memories during deep sleep.…
Consuming alcohol leads to epigenetic changes in brain memory centers

October 28, 2019

Triggers in everyday life such as running into a former drinking buddy, walking by a once- familiar bar,…
Pesticides and Children: Who is Most at Risk?

October 25, 2019

Studies show that exposure to pesticides – specifically those containing chlorpyrifos, which attack an insect’s nervous system –…
Study suggests a new way to think about the brain’s link to postpartum depression

October 23, 2019

Chronic stress during pregnancy triggers an immune response in the brain that has potential to alter brain functions…
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New NIH BRAIN Initiative awards accelerate neuroscience discoveries

October 22, 2019

Scientists have been developing astounding new tools for exploring neural circuits that underlie brain function throughout the first…
A rat’s brain, on and off methamphetamine

October 22, 2019

Drug addiction is a vicious cycle of reward and withdrawal. Chronic users often relapse because of the unpleasant…
BARseq builds a better brain map

October 21, 2019

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Professor Anthony Zador has taken the next step in his quest to solve exactly how the…
Study shows why even well-controlled epilepsy can disrupt thinking

October 18, 2019

Transient bursts of high-frequency electrical activity in epileptic brain tissue can impair cognition even when no seizure is…
Scientists discover skin keeps time independent of the brain

October 17, 2019

Squids, octopuses, cuttlefish, amphibians, and chameleon lizards are among the animals that can change the color of their…
NIH study in mice explains how brain can turn pain signals up or down

October 16, 2019

A new study in mice uncovered a previously unknown role that the central amygdala can play in upgrading…
Dementia Spreads via Connected Brain Networks

October 15, 2019

In a new study, UC San Francisco scientists used maps of brain connections to predict how brain atrophy…
Mounting Brain Organoid Research Reignites Ethical Debate

October 14, 2019

As research involving the transplantation of human “mini-brains”—known as brain organoids—into animals to study disease continues to expand,…
Brain tunes itself to criticality, maximizing information processing

October 8, 2019

Researchers long wondered how the billions of independent neurons in the brain come together to reliably build a…
Deafness-causing protein deficiency makes brain rewire itself, research suggests

October 7, 2019

The brains of people with congenital deafness may be rewiring themselves in ways that affect how those people…
Mice, like humans, fidget when deep in thought

September 25, 2019

Almost everyone fidgets, said Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Associate Professor Anne Churchland. She referred to a collage of videos…
Gene regulators work together for oversized impact on schizophrenia risk

September 24, 2019

Researchers have discovered that gene expression regulators work together to raise an individual’s risk of developing schizophrenia. Schizophrenia-like gene…
Brain-machine interfaces: Villainous gadgets or tools for next-gen superheroes?

September 23, 2019

For the many superheroes that use high-powered gadgets to save the day, there’s an equal number of villains…
The brain may actively forget during dream sleep

September 20, 2019

Rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep is a fascinating period when most of our dreams are made. Now,…
There’s Something About Alpha

September 10, 2019

Imagine you need to dial a phone number you just looked up. You might jot it down on…
New study suggests exercise is good for the aging brain

August 28, 2019

Exercise seems to endow a wealth of benefits, from the release of happiness-inducing hormones to higher physical fitness.…
Link between brain immune cells and Alzheimer’s disease development identified

August 26, 2019

Scientists from the University of California, Irvine School of Biological Sciences have discovered how to forestall Alzheimer’s disease…
A map of the brain can tell what you’re reading about

August 26, 2019

Too busy or lazy to read Melville’s Moby Dick or Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina? That’s OK. Whether you read the classics, or…
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