synaptic plasticity
“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.
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 15, 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.
What Lies Sleeping
What Lies Sleeping
Philippe Mourrain | Mar 1, 2016
Why can science still not define this most basic biological process?
Lost Memories Reactivated in Mice
Lost Memories Reactivated in Mice
Kerry Grens | May 29, 2015
Using optogenetics, researchers excite selected neurons to reinstate a fear memory that had been blocked.
Rhythmic Rewiring
Rhythmic Rewiring
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Nov 1, 2014
Circadian neurons in fruit flies form synapses with different, noncircadian brain regions depending on the time of day.
Schizophrenia’s Intricacies
Schizophrenia’s Intricacies
Abby Olena | Jan 23, 2014
Two studies provide insight into the genetics of the disorder and show again how complex it is.