Neuroscience

Protecting Newborn Brains From Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Using Hypothermia

A new study of newborns treated with hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)- a condition that occurs when the brain is deprived of an adequate oxygen supply- confirms its neuroprotective effects on the brain. Therapeutic hypothermia or targ ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 16 2015 - 9:00am

Antipsychotics Used Long Term In Alzheimer's Patients

Antipsychotic drugs are initiated in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) more frequently than in the general population- already 2-3 years before the Alzheimer's diagnosis, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. Most ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 16 2015 - 3:00am

Neurons That Make Men Desire Sex More Than Food Found

A pair of neurons that cause males to remember and seek sex even at the expense of food. These neurons, which are male-specific, are required for sex-based differences in learning, suggesting that sex differences in cognitive abilities can be genetically ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 15 2015 - 4:22pm

Mother's Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis Slows Fetal Brain Response After Meals

Washington, DC--When a pregnant woman has gestational diabetes, her unborn child tends to react more slowly to sounds after the mother consumes sugary foods or drinks compared to the offspring of a woman who does not have the condition, according to a new ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 14 2015 - 2:30pm

Neural Switch Turns Dreams On And Off

At the flip of a switch, neuroscientists can send a sleeping mouse into dreamland. The researchers did it by inserting an optogenetic switch into a group of nerve cells located in the ancient part of the brain called the medulla, allowing them to activate ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 19 2015 - 6:30am

PSD-95 And Building And Breaking Synapses

Our ability to learn, move, and sense our world comes from the neurons in our brain. The information moves through our brain between neurons that are linked together by tens of trillions of tiny structures called synapses. Although tiny, synapses are not ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 25 2015 - 7:25pm

How The Brain Multitasks

Researchers say they have added to evidence that a shell-shaped region in the center of the mammalian brain, known as the thalamic reticular nucleus or TRN, is likely responsible for the ability to routinely and seamlessly multitask.  The process, they su ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 22 2015 - 1:44pm

Oxytocin, Bliss Molecules, And The Pleasure Of Social Interactions

The hormone oxytocin, which has been associated with interpersonal bonding, may enhance the pleasure of social interactions by stimulating production of marijuana-like neurotransmitters in the brain, according to a new study. The research is the first to ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 27 2015 - 6:09am

Oxytocin Provides Social, Emotional And Behavioral Benefits For Autism In Small Study

Autism is a group of complex brain developmental disorders characterized by impairments in social interaction, communication, and stereotypical and repetitive behaviors. The diagnosed incidence is estimated to be one in 68 children and effective intervent ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 27 2015 - 10:45am

Singing Leads To A Calmer Baby

In a new study, infants remained calm twice as long when listening to a song as when listening to speech. The study involved thirty healthy infants aged between six and nine months. Humans like music biologically, according to one hypothesis. In adults an ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 3 2015 - 7:06pm