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Image of the Day: Fountain of Youth

By | August 15, 2017

Neural plasticity wanes with age, but increasing the protein Arc—abundant earlier in life—in the visual cortex of mice can fend off this decline.

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A Potential Remedy for the Aging Brain

By | August 8, 2017

In mice, injected fragments of a naturally occurring protein boost memory in young and old animals and improve cognition and mobility in a model of neurodegenerative disease. 

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Memories Erased from Snail Neurons

By | June 28, 2017

Scientists block particular enzymes to remove the cellular signatures associated with specific memory types.  

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image: Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time

Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time

By | September 1, 2016

The UCLA neurobiologist uses computational modeling, in vitro electrophysiology, and human psychophysics experiments to explore how neurons and the brain as a whole perceive and respond to time.

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What Lies Sleeping

By | March 1, 2016

Why can science still not define this most basic biological process?

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Lost Memories Reactivated in Mice

By | May 29, 2015

Using optogenetics, researchers excite selected neurons to reinstate a fear memory that had been blocked.

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Rhythmic Rewiring

By | November 1, 2014

Circadian neurons in fruit flies form synapses with different, noncircadian brain regions depending on the time of day.

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Schizophrenia’s Intricacies

By | January 23, 2014

Two studies provide insight into the genetics of the disorder and show again how complex it is.

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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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Natural Antidepressant Discovered

By | June 25, 2012

A newly recognized chemical factor in the brain, called neuritin, regulates plasticity and may play a role in depression.

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