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Untangling the where and when of walking in the brain
How do our brains know when and where to place our feet in order to prevent us from tripping each time we find ourselves on a new terrain such as a icy path, or a sandy beach? (2019-02-19)
Altered brain activity patterns of parkinson's captured in mice
Researchers pinpoint how brain activity changes in mouse models of Parkinson's disease, hinting at what may drive symptoms in humans. (2019-02-19)
Scientists create new map of brain's immune system
A team of researchers under the direction of the Medical Center -- University of Freiburg has created an entirely new map of the brain's own immune system in humans and mice. (2019-02-19)
New study in mice reveals unexpected place for learning, memory in the brain
Columbia neuroscientists have revealed that a simple brain region, known for processing basic sensory information, can also guide complex feats of mental activity. (2019-02-19)
Heavy smoking can damage vision, Rutgers researcher finds
Smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day can damage your vision, a study co-authored by a Rutgers researcher finds. (2019-02-18)
Brain represents optical illusion as delayed reality
A study of humans and monkeys published in JNeurosci has found the same subset of neurons encode actual and illusory complex flow motion. (2019-02-18)
Trinity College Dublin researchers describe the first model of mitochondrial epilepsy
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have become the first to describe a model of mitochondrial epilepsy which raises hope for better therapies for patients with this incapacitating condition.Despite the severity of this epilepsy, up to now there have been no animal models available to provide a mechanistic understanding of the condition. (2019-02-15)
The language of conversation impacts on the 'synchronization' of our brains
Experts from the Basque research center BCBL have shown for the first time that the way in which the activity of two brains is connected depends on whether the dialogue takes place in the native language or in a foreign language. (2019-02-14)
Breaks in the blood-brain barrier can cause brains to get old before their time
Daniela Kaufer, a professor at UC Berkeley and fellow in the CIFAR Child & Brain Development program, has discovered one of the biological pathways that lead to age-related cognitive decline, and has found clues on how to reverse the aging process in the brain. (2019-02-14)
Brain pathways of aversion identified
What happens in the brain when we feel discomfort? Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden are now one step closer to finding the answer. (2019-02-14)
Exercise gives older men a better brain boost
New research suggests that the relationship between physical and brain fitness varies in older adults by virtue of their sex. (2019-02-13)
Scientists discover how neuroactive steroids dampen inflammatory signaling in cells
For the first time, scientists discovered how neuroactive steroids naturally found in the brain and bloodstream inhibit the activity of a specific kind of protein called Toll-like receptors (TLR4), which have been known to play a role in inflammation in many organs, including the brain. (2019-02-13)
Consciousness rests on the brain's ability to sustain rich dynamics of neural activity
Consciousness, from the moment we go to sleep until we wake up, seems to come and go every day. (2019-02-12)
Streetcars don't guarantee heightened development activity, study finds
Development outcomes along streetcar corridors can't be entirely attributed to the presence of the streetcar, researchers found. (2019-02-12)
The unexpected creates reward when listening to music
If you love it when a musician strikes that unexpected but perfect chord, you are not alone. (2019-02-12)
Brain clock ticks differently in autism
The neural 'time windows' in certain small brain areas contribute to the complex cognitive symptoms of autism, new research suggests. (2019-02-12)
Rats in augmented reality help show how the brain determines location
Before the age of GPS, humans had to orient themselves without on-screen arrows pointing down an exact street, but rather, by memorizing landmarks and using learned relationships among time, speed and distance. (2019-02-11)
RUDN biochemists found a way to stop the immortality of cancer cells with oligonucleotides
RUDN biochemists found a way to reduce the activity of telomerase (the enzyme of cell immortality) 10 times. (2019-02-11)
Why children struggle with the 'cocktail party effect'
Researchers have clarified the development of the ability to attend to a speaker in a noisy environment -- a phenomenon known as the 'cocktail party effect.' Published in JNeurosci, the study could have implications for helping children navigate the often-noisy surroundings in which they grow and learn. (2019-02-11)
Learning a second alphabet for a first language
A part of the brain that maps letters to sounds can acquire a second, visually distinct alphabet for the same language, according to a study of English speakers published in eNeuro. (2019-02-11)
Pitch perfect: Brain differences behind a rare musical ability
New research published in JNeurosci reports features of the brain in musicians with absolute, or perfect, pitch (AP) that likely enable individuals with this rare ability -- shared by Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven -- to precisely identify musical notes. (2019-02-11)
Beyond romance
Love can make us do crazy things. It often prompts us to behave in counterintuitive ways, like, for example, placing the wellbeing of our loved ones above our own. (2019-02-11)
How the brain responds to texture
New research by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago shows that as neurons process information about texture from the skin, they each respond differently to various features of a surface, creating a high-dimensional representation of texture in the brain. (2019-02-08)
How exercise may protect against Alzheimer's
A hormone called irisin -- produced during exercise -- may protect neurons against Alzheimer's disease. (2019-02-08)
Working it out: Researchers find exercise may help fight depression in seniors
The benefits of exercise are widely known but kinesiologists at McMaster University have for the first time found that physical activity may help fight depression in seniors by stimulating muscle-generated mood boosters. (2019-02-07)
First identification of brain's preparation for action
Neuroscientists have identified the processes which occur in our brains milliseconds before we undertake a series of movements, crucial for speech, handwriting, sports or playing a musical instrument. (2019-02-07)
Absentmindedness points to earlier warning signs of silent strokes among people at risk
Adults who notice that they frequently lose their train of thought or often become sidetracked may in fact be displaying earlier symptoms of cerebral small vessel disease, otherwise known as a 'silent stroke,' suggests a recent study. (2019-02-06)
Voluntary control of brainwaves in deep brain of patients with Parkinson's disease
A study group at Osaka University developed a neurofeedback system which enables patients with Parkinson's disease to voluntarily control beta waves in their deep brain associated with symptoms of the disorder. (2019-02-06)
Heavy drinking in teens causes lasting changes in emotional center of brain
Lasting changes in the brain caused by drinking that starts in adolescence are the result of epigenetic changes that alter the expression of a protein crucial for the formation and maintenance of neural connections in the amygdala -- the part of the brain involved in emotion, fear and anxiety. (2019-02-06)
Brain patterns indicative of consciousness, in unconscious individuals
Amid longstanding difficulties distinguishing consciousness in humans in unconscious states, scientists report fMRI-based evidence of distinct patterns of brain activity they say can differentiate between consciousness or unconsciousness. (2019-02-06)
New study examines the way estrogen affects methamphetamine addiction
MUSC researchers look at how methamphetamine affects female rats in a new study published January 10 eNeuro. (2019-02-06)
Body building supplement could be bad for the brain
L-norvaline is an ingredient widely used in body building supplements and is promoted as a compound that can boost workouts and aid recovery. (2019-02-06)
Brain hand 'map' is maintained in amputees with and without phantom limb sensations
Researchers have found that the brain stores detailed information of a missing hand decades after amputation, regardless of whether amputees still experience phantom hand sensations. (2019-02-05)
Less anesthesia during surgery doesn't prevent post-op delirium
One in four older adults experiences delirium after surgery. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2019-02-05)
Electrical activity in prostate cancer cells
Experts from the universities of Bath and Seville have carried out a series of experiments with which, for the first time, they have been able to characterize the normal electrical activity in PC-3 prostate cancer cells in real time, with a resulting low-frequency electrical pattern between 0.1 and 10 Hertz. (2019-02-04)
Women's brains appear three years younger than men's
Women's brains appear to be three years younger than men's of the same age, according to a new study on brain metabolism from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2019-02-04)
Pinpointing the cells that control the brain's memory flow
From the cab driver heading for Times Square to the commuter returning home on the freeway, we all carry maps in our head labeled with important locations. (2019-01-31)
Male mice hard-wired to recognize sex of other mice, Stanford study finds
A male mouse identifies the sex of an unfamiliar mouse because of hard-wired brain physiology, not previous experience, Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have found. (2019-01-31)
Learning new vocabulary during deep sleep
Researchers of the University of Bern, Switzerland, showed that we can acquire the vocabulary of a new language during distinct phases of slow-wave sleep and that the sleep-learned vocabulary could be retrieved unconsciously following waking. (2019-01-31)
Fight or flight: Serotonin neurons prompt brain to make the right call
Known for its role in relieving depression, the neurochemical serotonin may also help the brain execute instantaneous, appropriate behaviors in emergency situations, according to a new Cornell study published Feb. (2019-01-31)
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