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Cause of congenital nystagmus found
Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience have overturned the long held view that congenital nystagmus, a condition where eyes make repetitive involuntary movements, is a brain disorder by showing that its cause is actually retinal. (2019-09-12)
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)
Brain circuit controls individual responses to temptation in rats
Differences in a key brain circuit may suggest why some individuals are less able than others to resist tempting cues, according to a study in rats published today in eLife. (2019-09-10)
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)
How humans have shaped dogs' brains
Dog brain structure varies across breeds and is correlated with specific behaviors, according to new research published in JNeurosci. (2019-09-02)
Chronic cocaine use modifies gene expression
Chronic cocaine use changes gene expression in the hippocampus, according to research in mice recently published in JNeurosci. (2019-09-02)
Social, executive brain functions crucial for communication
Impairments in social and executive brain functions hinder effective communication, according to research in patients with dementia recently published in eNeuro. (2019-08-26)
Honeybee brain development may enhance waggle dance communication
Changes in a vibration-sensitive neuron may equip forager honeybees for waggle dance communication, according to research recently published in eNeuro. (2019-08-26)
Nearly identical representations of spoken, written words in the brain
The brain activity evoked from processing written or heard semantic information is almost identical, according to research in adults published in JNeurosci. (2019-08-19)
Regulating blood supply to limbs improves stroke recovery
Cutting off and then restoring blood supply to a limb following a stroke reduces tissue damage and swelling and improves functional recovery, according to a new study in mice published in JNeurosci. (2019-08-19)
Engaging educational videos elicit similar brain activity in students
The most engaging educational videos are correlated with similar brain activity across learners, according to research in young adults recently published in eNeuro. (2019-08-19)
Lupus antibody target identified
Researchers have identified a specific target of antibodies that are implicated in the neuropsychiatric symptoms of lupus, according to human research published in JNeurosci. (2019-08-12)
Negative memory storage affects depression symptoms
Physical manifestations of negative memories in the hippocampus could underlie cognitive symptoms of depression, according to research in mice published in JNeurosci. (2019-08-12)
Estrogen improves Parkinson's disease symptoms
Brain-selective estrogen treatment improves the symptoms of Parkinson's disease in male mice, according to new research published in JNeurosci. (2019-08-12)
Scientists shed new light on how we perceive vibrations through touch
Researchers have demonstrated a universal decoding system in humans that determines how we perceive vibrations of different frequencies through touch. (2019-08-06)
Machine learning classifies word type based on brain activity
Pairing machine learning with neuroimaging can determine whether a person heard a real or made up word based on their brain activity, according to a new study published in eNeuro. (2019-08-05)
Brain reorganization predicts language production
The right hemisphere of the brain can take over language functions when the left hemisphere is damaged early in development, according to research in four-year-old children published in eNeuro. (2019-08-05)
How deep space travel could affect the brain
Exposure to chronic, low dose radiation -- the conditions present in deep space -- causes neural and behavioral impairments in mice, researchers report in eNeuro. (2019-08-05)
The surprising link between a babies' weeble-wobble and the genetics of motor control
Neuroscientists at the University of Sussex have revealed that complex movements, such as those that maintain our posture, can be controlled by a simple genetic system, providing a framework to better understand the molecular basis of diseases that affect motor control, like Huntington's and Parkinson's. (2019-07-30)
Impaired brain activity in rats with family history of alcohol abuse
Neural activity that reflects the intention to drink alcohol is observed in the prefrontal cortex and is blunted in rats with a family history of excessive drinking, according to research from eNeuro. (2019-07-29)
Blocking dopamine weakens effects of cocaine
Blocking dopamine receptors in different regions of the amygdala reduces drug seeking and taking behavior with varying longevity, according to research in rats published in eNeuro. (2019-07-29)
Deep brain stimulation modifies memory
Deep brain stimulation of the cingulate cortex worsens memory recall, according to research in epilepsy patients published in JNeurosci. (2019-07-29)
Quantifying how the brain smells
Neuroscience researchers at CSHL found that how the brain smells is different from previously thought. (2019-07-22)
Big data clarifies emotional circuit development
Several brain circuits that identify emotions are solidified early in development and include diverse regions beyond the amygdala, according to new research in children, adolescents, and young adults published in JNeurosci. (2019-07-22)
Social isolation stresses rodents
The traditional method of housing mice and rats alone increases stress and worsens epilepsy, according to a new study published in eNeuro. (2019-07-22)
Hypothalamus pathway drives defense behaviors
Scientists have identified a previously unknown pathway connecting the hypothalamus and midbrain that drives defensive behaviors, according to research in mice published in eNeuro. (2019-07-22)
CCNY physicists use mathematics to trace neuro transitions
Unique in its application of a mathematical model to understand how the brain transitions from consciousness to unconscious behavior, a study at The City College of New York's Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics may have just advanced neuroscience appreciably. (2019-07-18)
Reducing seizures by removing newborn neurons
Removing new neurons born after a brain injury reduces seizures in mice, according to new research in JNeurosci. (2019-07-15)
Defective potassium channels cause headache, not body pain
Defective potassium channels involved in pain detection can increase the chance of developing a headache and could be implicated in migraines, according to research in mice published in eNeuro. (2019-07-15)
Brain network evaluates robot likeability
Researchers have identified a network of brain regions that work together to determine if a robot is a worthy social partner, according to a new study published in JNeurosci. (2019-07-01)
Stem cell stimulation improves stroke recovery
Stem cell stimulation shows promise as a potential noninvasive stroke treatment, according to research in mice published in JNeurosci. (2019-07-01)
Sleep readies synapses for learning
Synapses in the hippocampus are larger and stronger after sleep deprivation, according to new research in mice published in JNeurosci. (2019-07-01)
These neurons affect how much you do, or don't, want to eat
University of Arizona researchers have identified a network of neurons that coordinate with other brain regions to influence eating behaviors. (2019-06-25)
Settling the debate on serotonin's role in sleep
New research finds that serotonin is necessary for sleep, settling a long-standing controversy. (2019-06-24)
Researchers identify new hunger pathway in the brain
A newly identified hunger pathway in the brain can quickly modify food intake in the presence of food, according to a study of mice published in JNeurosci. (2019-06-24)
Sleep history predicts late-life Alzheimer's pathology
Sleep patterns can predict the accumulation of Alzheimer's pathology proteins later in life, according to a new study of older men and women published in JNeurosci. (2019-06-17)
Healthy blood vessels may delay cognitive decline
High blood pressure may affect conditions such as Alzheimer's disease by interfering with the brain's waste management system, according to new research in rats published in JNeurosci. (2019-06-17)
Formation of habitual use drives cannabis addiction
A shift from brain systems controlling reward-driven use to habit-driven use differentiates heavy cannabis users who are addicted to the drug from users who aren't, according to a study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, published by Elsevier. (2019-06-13)
How electrical stimulation reorganizes the brain
Recordings of neural activity during therapeutic stimulation can be used to predict subsequent changes in brain connectivity, according to a study of epilepsy patients published in JNeurosci. (2019-06-10)
Are hormones a 'female problem' for animal research?
Women, but not men, are often still described as 'hormonal' or 'emotional,' an outdated stereotype that poses a critical problem for public health, writes Rebecca Shansky in this Perspective. (2019-05-30)
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