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New NIH BRAIN Initiative awards accelerate neuroscience discoveries

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Scientists have been developing astounding new tools for exploring neural circuits that underlie brain function throughout the first…
BARseq builds a better brain map

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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

4 days ago

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

5 days ago

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

6 days ago

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…
Can Pomegranate Juice Protect the Infant Brain?

August 23, 2019

When it comes to protecting the newborn brain, taking steps to mitigate risk before birth may be critical.…
Understanding the animal brain could help robots wash your dishes

August 23, 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) still has a lot to learn from animal brains, says Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)…
Brains age better among retirees with complex jobs

August 21, 2019

Retiring from your full-time job might not be the best thing for your brain as you age, according…
Dinosaur brains from baby to adult

August 20, 2019

New research by a University of Bristol palaeontology post-graduate student has revealed fresh insights into how the braincase…
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…
An alternate theory for what causes Alzheimer’s disease

August 13, 2019

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia among the elderly, is characterized by plaques and tangles in…
Elderly intensive care patients who have been vaccinated against influenza have a reduces risk of dying and suffering strokes

August 1, 2019

Elderly critically ill patients who have been vaccinated against influenza have a reduced risk of dying and of…
Compound found in red wine opens door for new treatments for depression, anxiety

July 29, 2019

Like to unwind with a glass of red wine after a stressful day? Don’t give alcohol all the…
Scientists discover how the mosquito brain integrates diverse sensory cues to locate a host to bite

July 22, 2019

For female mosquitoes, finding their next meal is all about smelling and seeing. Through behavioral experiments and real-time…
Gene Switches for Brain Inflammation

July 15, 2019

A new study by Harvard Medical School scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital is offering clues about how to…
How a popular antidepressant drug could rewire the brain

July 11, 2019

Prozac®, the trade name for the drug fluoxetine, was introduced to the U.S. market for the treatment of…
Why can we see moving objects against their backgrounds?

July 3, 2019

Visual motion is an important source of information for separating objects from their backgrounds. A spider camouflaged against…
Human brain and cognitive abilities - artist's impression. Image credit: Max Pixel, CC0 Public Domain
Could prosthetic limbs one day be controlled by human thought?

June 27, 2019

A simpler technique for detecting electrical activity in the brain could help unlock the power of the mind…
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