Neuroscience

Direct Evidence For Synaptic Plasticity In Fruit Fly Brains

Scientists believe they have resolved a decades-long debate about how the brain is modified when an animal learns. Using newly developed tools for manipulating specific populations of neurons, the researchers have for the first time observed direct eviden ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 2 2015 - 8:40pm

Transient Schizophrenia: Cannabis Increases The Noise In Your Brain

Several studies have demonstrated that the primary active constituent of cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol induces transient psychosis-like effects in healthy subjects similar to those observed in schizophrenia. However, the mechanisms underlying the ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 4 2015 - 7:58am

Neuroscientists Can Now Read Minds

Neuroscientists have developed a new tool that lights up active conversations between neurons during a behavior or sensory experience, such as smelling a banana. The scientists accomplished their feat by focusing on three of the sensory systems in  Drosop ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 4 2015 - 10:26am

Men Do Have A Better Sense Of Direction Than Women, But Why?

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology  aren't trying to commit a microaggression when they note it's been well established that men perform better than women on specific spatial tasks. The issue is how much of that is ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 7 2015 - 7:43am

Playing 3-D Video Games Boosts Memory Formation

Playing three-dimensional video games can boost the formation of memories, along with improving hand-eye coordination and reaction time, this finding shows the potential for novel virtual approaches to helping people who lose memory as they age or suffer ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 9 2015 - 8:00am

Brain Circuit Mechanisms Underlying Arousal Regulation

Adjusting a specific deep-brain circuit's firing frequency immediately and dramatically alters rats' forebrain activity and alertness levels,  which could eventually take deep brain stimulation to a whole new level. Deep brain stimulation may on ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 13 2015 - 8:00am

Insomniacs Sleep More Efficiently

How are insomniacs able to function well with less sleep than others? It may be a beneficial biological trait. ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 14 2015 - 1:05pm

Ability To Detect Sugar Varies Widely In Kids (And Everyone Else)

Taste buds vary widely in humans, which is one reason why some kids prefer sweet or salty treats and others do not, but it may also be the reason that some kids need more sugar to get that same sweet taste.   ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 15 2015 - 12:00pm

Amygdala Influences Kindness, Charitable Behavior

The amygdala, a small structure at the front end of the brain's temporal lobe, has long been associated with negative behaviors generally, and specifically with fear. But new research shows this collection of nuclei can also influence positive social ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 15 2015 - 10:52am

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Confirmed As Disease That Can Be Definitively Diagnosed

(Boston)--For the first time, CTE has been confirmed as a unique disease that can be definitively diagnosed by neuropathological examination of brain tissue. A consensus panel of expert neuropathologists concluded that CTE has a pathognomonic signature in ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 16 2015 - 8:01am