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What Made Human Brains So Big?
Ashley Yeager | May 24, 2018
Ecological challenges such as finding food and creating fire may have led the organ to become abnormally large, a new computer model suggests.
Artificial Intelligence Mimics Navigation Cells in the Brain
Diana Kwon | May 10, 2018
An algorithm trained to move through a virtual environment spontaneously generated patterns of activity found in so-called grid neurons.
Image of the Day: The Five Percent
Staff, The Scientist Staff | May 7, 2018
A map of neural networks in the striatum of the mouse brain reveals clues about psychiatric and movement disorders.
Human Brain Organoids Thrive in Mouse Brains
Ashley Yeager | Apr 16, 2018
After implantation, the tissue developed blood vessels and became integrated into neuronal networks in the animals’ brains.
Neural Circuit of Parental Behavior Mapped in Mice
Jim Daley | Apr 12, 2018
This is the first time the precise brain cells and their connections controlling a complex behavior have been worked out.
Alzheimer’s Should be Characterized by Biomarkers: Report
Diana Kwon | Apr 10, 2018
A proposed definition of the disease emphasizes signs of neurodegeneration and the presence of β-amyloid and tau, rather than cognitive symptoms.
SSRI Consumption During Pregnancy Linked to Changes in Babies’ Brains
Ashley Yeager | Apr 9, 2018
MRI data suggest prenatal exposure to the medication increases the volume of brain regions vital to processing emotions.
Abundant Neurogenesis Found in Adult Humans’ Hippocampi
Ashley Yeager | Apr 5, 2018
Researchers identified thousands of immature neurons in the brain region, countering a recent result showing little, if any, signs of neurogenesis.
Tau Production Increased in Alzheimer’s Patients
Jim Daley | Mar 21, 2018
The findings suggest that faster synthesis, rather than decreased clearance, causes the protein to build up in neurons.
Number-Selective Neurons Found in Untrained Crows’ Brains
Diana Kwon | Mar 15, 2018
The finding suggests corvids may have an innate sense of number.