- 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