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Pregnancy May Remodel the Brain’s Social Cognition Regions

By Ben Andrew Henry | December 20, 2016

Reductions in the volume of gray matter in specific regions appear to represent synaptic pruning, a new study suggests, that tunes a mother’s brain to childcare.

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Retrieving Short-Term Memories

By Anna Azvolinsky | December 1, 2016

Neurons can continue to capture a short-term memory without continuous firing, researchers show.  

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Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.

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Speaking of Neuroscience

By Jef Akst and Mary Beth Aberlin | November 18, 2016

A selection of notable quotes from the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting

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Hot Topics at SfN

By The Scientist Staff | November 18, 2016

Researchers at this year’s Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, California, discuss what they found most interesting.

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Scientists Fingerprint the Brain

By Ben Andrew Henry | November 17, 2016

The brain’s structural connections are unique to an individual, a new imaging technique reveals.

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Neuroscience in a Nutshell

By Jef Akst | November 16, 2016

Sessions at the ongoing Society for Neuroscience meeting have covered topics from brain development to emotional processing.

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Categorizing Brain Cells

By Jef Akst | November 16, 2016

Researchers at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego discuss new efforts to perform single-cell analyses on the brain’s billions of cells.

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Probing Exercise’s Effects on Cognitive Function

By Jef Akst | November 14, 2016

Researchers at the Society for Neuroscience discuss what we know—and don’t—about how physical activity affects the brain.

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Rats Are Ticklish, Sometimes

By Joshua A. Krisch | November 14, 2016

Researchers may have pinpointed the part of the brain that makes rats laugh when tickled.

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