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Optogenetics and OCD

By | June 6, 2013

Stimulating brain cells with light reveals the dysfunctional circuitry that causes obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Watching the Brain Remember

By | May 16, 2013

For the first time, researchers visualize zebrafish memory retrieval in real time.

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The Neurobiology of Individuality

By | May 9, 2013

Mice that explore more have higher levels of neurogenesis, suggesting a link between experience, brain plasticity, and the emergence of distinct personalities.

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Visual Consciousness Emerges

By | April 22, 2013

A new study of brain activity patterns suggests that babies as young as 5 months old have the neural mechanisms to register that they’ve seen a face.  

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Measuring Consciousness

By | April 17, 2013

Researchers are identifying distinctive brain activity patterns that can be used to monitor patients under anesthesia and assess consciousness in “vegetative” patients.

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Beer Tastes Intoxicating

By | April 15, 2013

Just the flavor of beer is enough to boost dopamine in brain areas related to reward—especially in men with alcoholic relatives.

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A Link Between Autism and Cannabinoids

By | April 11, 2013

Mutations tied to autism in mice lead to deficits in the signaling pathway activated by marijuana.

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Brain Activity Breaks DNA

By | March 24, 2013

Researchers find that temporary double-stranded DNA breaks commonly result from normal neuron activation—but expression of an Alzheimer’s-linked protein increases the damage.

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Mice Learn Faster with Human Glia

By | March 7, 2013

Mice with human brain cells showed enhanced synaptic plasticity and learning, suggesting glia may be key to our cognitive prowess.  

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Prion-like Proteins Cause Disease

By | March 3, 2013

Normal proteins with regions resembling disease-causing prions are responsible for an inherited disorder that affects the brain, muscle, and bone.

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