How Early-Morning Light Exposure Makes Mice Less Depressed
How Early-Morning Light Exposure Makes Mice Less Depressed
A light-sensitive gene involved in regulating the body clock may also influence mood, mediating the effect of light.
How Early-Morning Light Exposure Makes Mice Less Depressed
How Early-Morning Light Exposure Makes Mice Less Depressed

A light-sensitive gene involved in regulating the body clock may also influence mood, mediating the effect of light.

A light-sensitive gene involved in regulating the body clock may also influence mood, mediating the effect of light.

neurobiology
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.
Simple Spit Test Could Diagnose Concussions
Simple Spit Test Could Diagnose Concussions
Asher Jones | Mar 24, 2021
A noninvasive saliva test accurately identified concussions in a study of hundreds of rugby players.
Infographic: A New Model of Synapse Strength
Infographic: A New Model of Synapse Strength
Asher Jones | Mar 24, 2021
Synapses in the mouse neocortex can release multiple packages of neurotransmitters, suggesting that connection strength is more flexible than previously thought.
Early-Life Stress Exerts Long-Lasting Effects Via Epigenome
Early-Life Stress Exerts Long-Lasting Effects Via Epigenome
Asher Jones | Mar 18, 2021
In mice, epigenetic marks made on histones during infancy influence depression-like behavior during adulthood. A drug that reverses the genomic tags appears to undo the damage.
Study Points to Novel Role for Microglia in Down Syndrome
Study Points to Novel Role for Microglia in Down Syndrome
Catherine Offord | Oct 6, 2020
Overactive immune cells identified in a mouse model and in postmortem human brain tissue may offer a potential therapeutic target for cognitive delays associated with the condition, researchers report.
Neurobiologist Dave Schubert Dies
Neurobiologist Dave Schubert Dies
Kerry Grens | Aug 24, 2020
The Salk professor developed the institute’s first neurobiology lab and used it to develop cell lines, describe amyloid β toxicity, and screen for compounds that protect against neurodegeneration.
Mark Konishi, Pioneer of Studying Behavior&rsquo;s Neural Basis, Dies
Mark Konishi, Pioneer of Studying Behavior’s Neural Basis, Dies
Ashley Yeager | Aug 14, 2020
The Caltech scientist was revered for his work on the neurobiology of birdsong and owls’ ability to home in on their prey.
Researchers Make Mice Smell Odors that Aren&rsquo;t Really There
Researchers Make Mice Smell Odors that Aren’t Really There
Ruth Williams | Jun 18, 2020
Using optogenetics, scientists have simulated the sense of smell directly within the mouse brain to investigate the nature of olfactory perception.
Discovered: Brain Cells that Control Hibernation-Like States
Discovered: Brain Cells that Control Hibernation-Like States
Ruth Williams | Jun 11, 2020
Two independent teams identify neuron populations in the mouse brain that regulate the physiological changes associated with torpor.
Losing Touch: Another Drawback of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Losing Touch: Another Drawback of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ashley Yeager | May 19, 2020
Affectionate touches tap into the nervous system’s rest and digest mode, reducing the release of stress hormones, bolstering the immune system, and stimulating brainwaves linked with relaxation.
Savant in the Limelight, 1988&ndash;2009
Savant in the Limelight, 1988–2009
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 1, 2020
Kim Peek, the inspiration for the title character in Rain Man, brought public attention to savant syndrome.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2020
Meet some of the people featured in the May 2020 issue of The Scientist.
Neurobiologist and Former Stanford President Donald Kennedy Dies
Neurobiologist and Former Stanford President Donald Kennedy Dies
Amy Schleunes | Apr 23, 2020
Kennedy, who succumbed to COVID-19, served as commissioner of the FDA and editor-in-chief of Science, and is credited with helping to transform Stanford into a top research university.
Infographic: The Neurobiology of Suicidal Behavior
Infographic: The Neurobiology of Suicidal Behavior
Catherine Offord | Jan 13, 2020
Clues about the biological mechanisms that contribute to a person’s chance of contemplating or attempting suicide
What Neurobiology Can Tell Us About Suicide
What Neurobiology Can Tell Us About Suicide
Catherine Offord | Jan 13, 2020
The biochemical mechanisms in the brain underlying suicidal behavior are beginning to come to light, and researchers hope they could one day lead to better treatment and prevention strategies.
Sex Promotes Lasting Memories in Female Flies
Sex Promotes Lasting Memories in Female Flies
Ruth Williams | Nov 20, 2019
A protein present in the ejaculate of male fruit flies activates long-term memory formation in the brains of their female partners.
How One Neuron Regulates Two Separate Behaviors
How One Neuron Regulates Two Separate Behaviors
Ruth Williams | Nov 14, 2019
A major sensory neuron in roundworms distinguishes proprioception from harmful touch by sending out local or whole-cell signals, respectively.
Biologists Create New Maps of <em>Caenorhabditis elegans&nbsp;</em>Neurons
Biologists Create New Maps of Caenorhabditis elegans Neurons
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 8, 2019
The connectomes trace 385 neurons in the male worm and 302 neurons in the hermaphrodite worm.