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New insight as to how cells maintain their identity
In the body's cells, some proteins are of vital importance as to which genes are active or turned off. (2019-09-20)
Why is the brain disturbed by harsh sounds?
Neuroscientists (UNIGE) analysed how people react when they listen to a range of different sounds, the aim being to establish the extent to which repetitive sound frequencies are considered unpleasant. (2019-09-20)
Study finds hub linking movement and motivation in the brain
Detailed observations in the lateral septum indicate that the well-connected region processes movement, and reward information to help direct behavior. (2019-09-19)
Brain imaging shows how nonverbal children with autism have slower response to sounds
Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) used state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to determine how nonverbal or minimally verbal people who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) processes auditory stimuli, which could have important diagnostic and prognostic implications across the autism spectrum. (2019-09-18)
CBD may alleviate seizures, benefit behaviors in people with neurodevelopmental conditions
A marijuana plant extract, also known as cannabidiol (CBD), is being commonly used to improve anxiety, sleep problems, pain, and many other neurological conditions. (2019-09-18)
People with autism show atypical brain activity when coordinating visual and motor information
The brain is organized differently in individuals with ASD in its function for basic sensorimotor behaviors, but these functions can differ between people with autism. (2019-09-18)
How sleepless nights compromise the health of your gut
Why are individuals that have irregular schedules, such as night-shift workers, more susceptible to gut inflammation and obesity? (2019-09-18)
Learning to read boosts the visual brain
How does learning to read change our brain? Does reading take up brain space dedicated to seeing objects such as faces, tools or houses? (2019-09-18)
The market in your head
When bidding in a competitive market, our brains use a special type of heuristic to adjust the price depending on the success of previous attempts to buy goods. (2019-09-17)
Study stresses the importance of staying physically active and the negative effects of even short-term inactivity
A new study presented at this year's Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Barcelona, Spain (Sept. (2019-09-17)
Alzheimer's disease risk gene APOE4 impairs function of brain immune cells
A study carried out with a new human stem cell-derived model reveals that the most prevalent genetic risk factor of Alzheimer's disease (AD), apolipoprotein E4 (APOE4), impairs the function of human brain immune cells, microglia. (2019-09-16)
Biological mechanism explained: How lymphoma cells metastasize to the brain
Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center have now discovered which molecular mechanism leads to lymphomas forming metastases in the central nervous system. (2019-09-16)
Brain activity intensity drives need for sleep
The intensity of brain activity during the day, notwithstanding how long we've been awake, appears to increase our need for sleep, according to a new UCL study in zebrafish, published in Neuron. (2019-09-16)
Social isolation derails brain development in mice
Female mice housed alone during adolescence show atypical development of the prefrontal cortex and resort to habitual behavior in adulthood, according to new research published in eNeuro. (2019-09-16)
Play equipment that gets kids moving
Parents will be pleased to know that more is not always better when it comes to play equipment for their children. (2019-09-16)
Physical activity may attenuate menopause-associated atherogenic changes
Leisure-time physical activity is associated with a healthier blood lipid profile in menopausal women, but it doesn't seem to entirely offset the unfavorable lipid profile changes associated with the menopausal transition. (2019-09-13)
Study led by NUS scientists show that drinking tea improves brain health
A recent study led by researchers from the National University of Singapore revealed that regular tea drinkers have better organised brain regions compared to non-tea drinkers. (2019-09-12)
New insights into how astrocytes help the brain process information
A collaboration between the laboratories of Vincent Bonin (NERF, empowered by VIB, imec and KU Leuven) and Matthew Holt (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research) reveals that noradrenaline plays a key role in how astrocytes -- star-shaped cells in the brain closely associated with neurons -- track distinct information during behavior. (2019-09-12)
Discovering biological mechanisms enabling pianists to achieve skillful fingering
Japanese researchers discovered a sensorimotor function integration mechanism that enables the skillful fingering of pianists. (2019-09-11)
Calcium channel blockers may be effective in treating memory loss in Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia but the changes in brain cell function underlying memory loss remains poorly understood. (2019-09-11)
A smart artificial hand for amputees merges user and robotic control
EPFL scientists have successfully tested new neuroprosthetic technology that combines robotic control with users' voluntary control, opening avenues in the new interdisciplinary field of shared control for neuroprosthetic technologies. (2019-09-11)
New study points to universal code in our brains for what we find beautiful
A network in the human brain involved in inner thoughts and self-referential mental processing may contain a universal code for whether we find something to be beautiful. (2019-09-11)
Adolescents with high levels of physical activity perform better in school over two years
Adolescents with higher levels of physical activity performed better in school during transition from primary school to lower secondary school than their physically inactive peers. (2019-09-10)
An overactive cerebellum causes issues across the brain
Kyoto University researchers found that acute cerebellar inflammation puts the structure in an 'overexcited state, resulting in temporary decrease in motivation and sociability indicative of 'depression-like behavior. (2019-09-10)
The toes of artists who paint with their feet can be mapped in their brains
A study of artists who paint with their feet shows that these individuals have finely tuned 'toe maps' in their brains, where each toe can be linked with an area of brain activity visualized via fMRI. (2019-09-10)
Foot painters' toes mapped like fingers in the brain
Using your feet like hands can cause organized 'hand-like' maps of the toes in the brain, never before documented in people, finds a new UCL-led study of two professional foot painters, published in Cell Reports. (2019-09-10)
The birth of vision, from the retina to the brain
How do neurons differentiate to become individual components of the visual system? (2019-09-09)
Preventing the onset of schizophrenia in mouse model
Although predisposing processes occur earlier, schizophrenia breaks out at young adulthood, suggesting it might involve a pathological transition during late brain development in predisposed individuals. (2019-09-09)
New research provides hope for people living with chronic pain
Dr. Gerald Zamponi, Ph.D., and a team with the Cumming School of Medicine's Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) and researchers at Stanford University, California, have been investigating which brain circuits are changed by injury, in order to develop targeted therapies to reset the brain to stop chronic pain. (2019-09-09)
Research shows puberty changes the brains of boys and girls differently
Scientists have found that brain networks develop differently in males and females at puberty, with boys showing an increase in connectivity in certain brain areas, and girls showing a decrease in connectivity as puberty progresses. (2019-09-09)
The fast and the curious: Fitter adults have fitter brains
In a large study, German scientists have shown that physical fitness is associated with better brain structure and brain functioning in young adults. (2019-09-09)
How brain rhythms organize our visual perception
Imagine that you are watching a crowded hang-gliding competition, keeping track of a red and orange glider's skillful movements. (2019-09-09)
Repetitive impacts key to understanding sports-associated concussions
Scientists have made a significant advance in our understanding of mild head trauma (concussive brain injury) and how it may be managed and treated in the future. (2019-09-09)
Watching music move through the brain
Scientists have observed how the human brain represents a familiar piece of music, according to research published in JNeurosci. (2019-09-09)
New drug may protect against memory loss in Alzheimer's disease
A new drug discovered through a research collaboration between the University at Buffalo and Tetra Therapeutics may protect against memory loss, nerve damage and other symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. (2019-09-09)
How our brain filters sounds
When two identical sounds are repeated quickly, a filter reduces the attention that the brain directs to the second sound it hears. (2019-09-06)
Study locates brain areas for understanding metaphors in healthy and schizophrenic people
Scientists have used MRI scanners to discover the parts of the brain which understand metaphors, in both healthy volunteers and people with schizophrenia. (2019-09-06)
Discovery of neuronal ensemble activities that is orchestrated to represent one memory
The brain stores memories through a neuronal ensemble, termed engram cells. (2019-09-05)
Not just images
Hebrew University scientists have successfully transformed an MRI from a diagnostic camera into a device that can record changes in the biological makeup of brain tissue. (2019-09-05)
Innovative technique for labeling and mapping inhibitory neurons reveals diverse tuning profile
Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience uncovered a diverse palette of inhibition within layer 2/3 of the visual cortex, suggestive of a more complex functional connectivity that may allow for enhanced flexibility of neuronal responses. (2019-09-05)
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