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Expanding Neuroscience’s Toolkit


To study the brain in living organisms, many researchers turn to a technique called optogenetics. Using model systems…
New method visualizes groups of neurons as they compute


Using a fluorescent probe that lights up when brain cells are electrically active, MIT and Boston University researchers…
Alzheimer’s plaque emerges early and deep in the brain

6 days ago

Long before symptoms like memory loss even emerge, the underlying pathology of Alzheimer’s disease, such as an accumulation…
Dancing worms reveal how senses are combined and understood in the brain

October 3, 2019

As you enjoy this article, you may be using your sense of vision or hearing to understand the…
“Push-pull” Dynamic in Brain Network is Key to Stopping Seizures

September 27, 2019

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered that the spreading of seizures through the brain can be suppressed depending on…
Technique can image individual proteins within synapses

September 27, 2019

Our brains contain trillions of synapses — the connections that transmit messages from neuron to neuron. Within these…
Mammals’ enhanced capacity to see emerges early in development

September 26, 2019

The way we see the world around us is the result of a marriage of two neural pathways…
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…
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,…
Brain tumors form synapses with healthy neurons, Stanford-led study finds

September 20, 2019

Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have shown for the first time that severe brain cancers integrate into…
Wired to Think

September 17, 2019

To understand how humans think, it comes down to the wiring. For 60 years, scientists have used metal…
Hearing through the clatter

September 9, 2019

In a busy coffee shop, our eardrums are inundated with sound waves — people chatting, the clatter of…
Caleb Kemere. (Credit: Rice University)
Hidden signals may hold key to mechanism of memory

September 5, 2019

What are our brains up to when we sleep? Rice University electrical and computer engineer Caleb Kemere will seek answers…
How Memories Form and Fade

August 29, 2019

Why is it that you can remember the name of your childhood best friend that you haven’t seen…
Scientists advance search for memory’s molecular roots

August 28, 2019

A new piece of a difficult puzzle — the nature of memory — fell into place this week…
Cell suicide could hold key for brain health and food security

August 26, 2019

Research into the self-destruction of cells in humans and plants could lead to treatments for neurodegenerative brain diseases…
Scientists reverse ageing process in rat brain stem cells

August 16, 2019

New research reveals how increasing brain stiffness as we age causes brain stem cell dysfunction, and demonstrates new…
Brain Molecule Identified as Key in Anxiety Model

August 16, 2019

oosting a single molecule in the brain can change “dispositional anxiety,” the tendency to perceive many situations as…
How brain cells pick which connections to keep

August 16, 2019

Brain cells, or neurons, constantly tinker with their circuit connections, a crucial feature that allows the brain to…
Characterizing tau aggregates in neurodegenerative diseases

August 16, 2019

The microtubule-binding protein tau in neurons of the central nervous system can misfold into filamentous aggregates under certain…
Finding the brain’s compass

August 15, 2019

The world is constantly bombarding our senses with information, but the ways in which our brain extracts meaning…
Alzheimer’s Disease Destroys Neurons that Keep Us Awake

August 13, 2019

Researchers and caregivers have noted that excessive daytime napping can develop long before the memory problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease…
Super-resolution microscopy sheds light on dementia

August 12, 2019

University of Queensland researchers have used super-resolution microscopy to observe key molecules at work inside living brain cells, further…
Neuroscientists identify brain region linked to altered social interactions in autism model

July 30, 2019

Although psychiatric disorders can be linked to particular genes, the brain regions and mechanisms underlying particular disorders are…
Researchers discover the science behind giving up

July 26, 2019

What happens when we give up? Inside the brain, a group of cells known as nociceptin neurons get…
Taking out the Protein Garbage Becomes More Difficult as Neurons Age

July 25, 2019

Cells dispose of harmful “trash” through autophagy, a normal and necessary process in which aggregated proteins and dysfunctional…
Neuroscientists discover neuron type that acts as brain’s metronome

July 23, 2019

By measuring the fast electrical spikes of individual neurons in the touch region of the brain, Brown University…
Quantifying how the brain smells

July 23, 2019

Scientists haven’t quite decoded how animals smell, but researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) found that it’s…
Team stimulates neurons to induce particular perceptions in mice’s minds

July 23, 2019

Hallucinations are spooky and, fortunately, fairly rare. But, a new study suggests, the real question isn’t so much…
Human brain and cognitive abilities - artist's impression. Image credit: Max Pixel, CC0 Public Domain
Research Identifies New Pathways for Sensory Learning in the Brain

July 19, 2019

We’ve all heard the saying that individuals learn at their own pace. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have…
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