Clues to the Origin and Function of the Brain’s Alpha Waves
Clues to the Origin and Function of the Brain’s Alpha Waves
Patterns of neural activity known as alpha waves, long thought to originate in the thalamus, may actually stem from a different brain region entirely.
Clues to the Origin and Function of the Brain’s Alpha Waves
Clues to the Origin and Function of the Brain’s Alpha Waves

Patterns of neural activity known as alpha waves, long thought to originate in the thalamus, may actually stem from a different brain region entirely.

Patterns of neural activity known as alpha waves, long thought to originate in the thalamus, may actually stem from a different brain region entirely.

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Image of the Day: Fountain of Youth
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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.