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Brain Structure Rediscovered

By | November 20, 2014

First described in the late 19th century, then lost from the literature for more than 100 years, the vertical occipital fasciculus appears to be important in visual processing.

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Mother’s Microbes Protect Baby’s Brain

By | November 19, 2014

Bacteria in the gut of a pregnant mouse strengthen the blood-brain barrier of her developing fetus.

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Monkeys Learn to Steer Wheelchair

By | November 19, 2014

A brain-computer interface uses the animals’ brain activity to steer them to a food reward.

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image: Neurons Regenerate in Rat Spinal Cord

Neurons Regenerate in Rat Spinal Cord

By | November 18, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, demonstrate that neural progenitor cells grafted into injured rat spinal cords can grow long axons and connect to host neurons.

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Dangers of Eating During Sleep Time

By | November 18, 2014

A mouse study shows that eating at the wrong time of day can impact hippocampal function.

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Maternal Inflammation Impacts Offspring

By | November 17, 2014

A mom’s stress could lead to changes in her offspring’s brains that can affect the physiology and behavior of the young, researchers report at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.   

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Mapping the Emotional Body

By | November 17, 2014

Researchers studying neurons that respond to gentle touch reveal that people find strokes on another person's back and shoulder more pleasurable than strokes to the forearm and hand.

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How a Memory Is Made

By | November 13, 2014

Transcription factor levels dictate which neurons in a network store a memory.

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Chronic Weed Use Shrinks Brain Region

By | November 12, 2014

Long-term marijuana smokers have less gray matter in their orbitofrontal cortex than nonsmokers, but other brain circuits may compensate by increasing connectivity.

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Mind-Controlled Gene Expression

By | November 11, 2014

A light-inducible optogenetic implant in mice, powered by EEG, responds to a human participant’s mental state.

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