Retinal Activity Prepares Blind Newborn Mice for Vision
Retinal Activity Prepares Blind Newborn Mice for Vision
Spontaneous waves of nerve impulses flowing across the retina help mouse pups practice motion detection for when they eventually open their eyes.
Retinal Activity Prepares Blind Newborn Mice for Vision
Retinal Activity Prepares Blind Newborn Mice for Vision

Spontaneous waves of nerve impulses flowing across the retina help mouse pups practice motion detection for when they eventually open their eyes.

Spontaneous waves of nerve impulses flowing across the retina help mouse pups practice motion detection for when they eventually open their eyes.

colony collapse disorder, neuroscience
How Early-Morning Light Exposure Makes Mice Less Depressed
How Early-Morning Light Exposure Makes Mice Less Depressed
Bianca Nogrady | Jul 22, 2021
A light-sensitive gene involved in regulating the body clock may also influence mood, mediating the effect of light.
Bacterial Infections Disrupt Flies’ Sense of Smell
Bacterial Infections Disrupt Flies’ Sense of Smell
Abby Olena | Jul 21, 2021
The temporary loss of olfaction stops the flies from eating any more of whatever it is that made them sick.
Religion on the Brain
Religion on the Brain
Emma Yasinski | Jul 13, 2021
Researchers in a small but growing field search for neural correlates of religiosity and spirituality.
How Scientists Are Tackling Brain Imaging’s Replication Problem
How Scientists Are Tackling Brain Imaging’s Replication Problem
Angie Voyles Askham | Jul 9, 2021
Researchers who spoke with Spectrum say that while brain imaging tools have their limitations, they still hold promise in helping to unlock the brain’s secrets. 
Pandemic Pressures May Drive Young Scientists Away from Autism Research
Pandemic Pressures May Drive Young Scientists Away from Autism Research
Grace Huckins | Jun 18, 2021
For researchers who work with study participants in person, lockdowns made it impossible to obtain fresh data, a survey finds.
Vitamin D Deficiency Drives Opioid Addiction in Mice
Vitamin D Deficiency Drives Opioid Addiction in Mice
Amanda Heidt | Jun 16, 2021
Mice with low vitamin D had exaggerated craving for opioids and felt the drugs’ effects more strongly—results supported in part by human medical records—suggesting that supplements should be explored as treatments for opioid use disorders.
Scientists Discover “Gorditas” and Other Novel Brain Cell Types
Scientists Discover “Gorditas” and Other Novel Brain Cell Types
Amanda Heidt | Jun 10, 2021
A pool of neural stem cells that ordinarily lies dormant in the brains of adult mice spawns two types of never-before-documented glial cells when artificially reactivated, potentially pointing to a novel mechanism of brain plasticity.
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Biogen’s Alzheimer’s Drug Gets FDA Approval, Mixed Reviews
Biogen’s Alzheimer’s Drug Gets FDA Approval, Mixed Reviews
Kerry Grens | Jun 7, 2021
A lackluster performance in clinical trials of the monoclonal antibody aducanumab has left some experts unconvinced of its benefit.
Infographic: Reverse Signaling Between Neurons
Infographic: Reverse Signaling Between Neurons
Christie Wilcox | Jun 4, 2021
So-called mossy fiber synapses in the hippocampus can meter the amount of neurotransmitter they receive by sending glutamate against the usual direction of synaptic flow.
Hippocampal Cell Communication Is Bidirectional: Study
Hippocampal Cell Communication Is Bidirectional: Study
Christie Wilcox | Jun 4, 2021
In an unexpected twist in neuroscience dogma, the cells on the receiving end of neurotransmission appear to be able to release glutamate to regulate the transmitting cell’s activity.
Excerpt from <em>The Memory Thief</em>
Excerpt from The Memory Thief
Lauren Aguirre | Jun 1, 2021
Author Lauren Aguirre finds reasons for optimism in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Opinion: The Overlooked Power of Inhibitory Neurons
Opinion: The Overlooked Power of Inhibitory Neurons
Lauren Aguirre | Jun 1, 2021
Understanding how the brain coordinates electrical activity could be key to developing more-effective treatments for a variety of brain disorders.
Broken Heart Syndrome Linked to the Brain
Broken Heart Syndrome Linked to the Brain
Amanda Heidt | Jun 1, 2021
A chronically stressed amygdala can prime the heart to overreact to acute stress events, a new study shows.