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New techniques for activating or suppressing neural activity by zapping the skull’s surface allow researchers to target smaller and deeper areas of the brain.

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Studies Yield Clues to Roots of Gulf War Illness

By | November 13, 2017

Presentations at the Society for Neuroscience meeting point to changes in neurons and connectivity between brain regions as potential components of the enigmatic condition.

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Equivocal Findings of Alzheimer’s Trial Using Young Blood

By | November 6, 2017

A team of Stanford University researchers say that administering young people’s blood plasma to Alzheimer’s patients could improve cognitive function, but the results have been criticized.

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Implanted Magnetic Probes Measure Brain Activity

By | November 1, 2017

Micrometer-size magnetrodes detect activity-generated magnetic fields within living brains.

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Infographic: Reading the Mind’s Magnetism

By | November 1, 2017

Newly designed sensors detect the magnetic fields generated by electrical activity within cat brains.

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The Wada Test, 1948

By | November 1, 2017

A decades-old neurological procedure developed under unique and difficult conditions in postwar Japan remains critical to the treatment of epilepsy.

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Image of the Day: Painting with Viruses

By | October 31, 2017

Researchers have used a modified rabies virus and fluorescent proteins to tag individual nerve cells in the mouse visual cortex. 

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Image of the Day: Fear Center

By | October 26, 2017

A set of neurons in the brain’s central amygdala plays a key role in forming memories of aversive experiences, scientists find in mice.  

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Image of the Day: CRISPR on a Mouse Canvas

By | October 25, 2017

Scientists are using CRISPR-Cas9 technology to tag and explore specific sets of neurons in mice, in one of the first steps towards building a comprehensive atlas of brain circuitry. 

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Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans

By | September 27, 2017

The birds’ ability to multitask may be attributable to a more densely packed cerebral cortex, scientists propose.

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