Flexible Synapse Strength May Underpin Mammal Brain’s Complexity
Flexible Synapse Strength May Underpin Mammal Brain’s Complexity
Neural connections in the mouse neocortex can release multiple packages of neurotransmitters per electrical impulse, a study finds.
Flexible Synapse Strength May Underpin Mammal Brain’s Complexity
Flexible Synapse Strength May Underpin Mammal Brain’s Complexity

Neural connections in the mouse neocortex can release multiple packages of neurotransmitters per electrical impulse, a study finds.

Neural connections in the mouse neocortex can release multiple packages of neurotransmitters per electrical impulse, a study finds.

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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.
The World Within
The World Within
Bob Grant | Feb 1, 2019
Internalizing the environment might be the next step in humans’ relationship with our planet.
“Minibrains” May Soon Include Neanderthal DNA
“Minibrains” May Soon Include Neanderthal DNA
Ashley Yeager | May 14, 2018
Brain organoids engineered to carry the genetic material could reveal how our brains are similar to and different from those of our closest relatives.
RNA Moves a Memory From One Snail to Another
RNA Moves a Memory From One Snail to Another
Ashley Yeager | May 14, 2018
Injecting molecules from a sea slug that received tail shocks into one that didn’t made the recipient animal behave more cautiously. 
Learning Enhances Synapses Between “Memory Cells” in Mice
Learning Enhances Synapses Between “Memory Cells” in Mice
Diana Kwon | Apr 26, 2018
A new technique reveals certain neuronal connections grow larger and denser when memories are made.
Image of the Day: Fountain of Youth
Image of the Day: Fountain of Youth
The Scientist Staff | Aug 14, 2017
Neural plasticity wanes with age, but increasing the protein Arc—abundant earlier in life—in the visual cortex of mice can fend off this decline.
A Potential Remedy for the Aging Brain
A Potential Remedy for the Aging Brain
Aggie Mika | Aug 8, 2017
In mice, injected fragments of a naturally occurring protein boost memory in young and old animals and improve cognition and mobility in a model of neurodegenerative disease. 
Memories Erased from Snail Neurons
Memories Erased from Snail Neurons
Diana Kwon | Jun 28, 2017
Scientists block particular enzymes to remove the cellular signatures associated with specific memory types.  
Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time
Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 1, 2016
The UCLA neurobiologist uses computational modeling, in vitro electrophysiology, and human psychophysics experiments to explore how neurons and the brain as a whole perceive and respond to time.