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October 5, 2015

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October 5, 2015

Oct. 5, 2015 — Using data from both humans and nonhuman primates, neuroscientists have found that neuron firing patterns in the IT cortex correlate strongly with success in object-recognition ... read more

Discovering the Brain’s Memory Switch

Oct. 2, 2015 — Scientists have recorded evidence of the brain turning off its memory inhibitor to make new ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — A new study has identified a number of genes that are repressed at various time points after memory formation, providing important clues as to how long-term memories are ... read more

Mission Impossible?

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers team up to study monitoring failures in the cockpit -- even among experienced ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — The nucleus accumbens, that control motivation in the brain, activates the activity of the motor cortex of the brain, and then promotes recovery of motor function during the early stage of recovery ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Our brain cells have different genomes from one another. The study shows for the first time that mutations in somatic cells -- that is, any cell in the body except sperm and eggs -- are present in ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Can standardized tests, such as those created in response to the Common Core, enhance education instead of just assessing it? For standardized testing to benefit students, researchers recommend that ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists have discovered that reactivation of ancient viral genes embedded in the human genome may cause the destruction of neurons in some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The results ... read more

Experimental Cancer Drug Shows Therapeutic Promise in Mouse Models of Multiple Sclerosis

Sep. 30, 2015 — An experimental drug originally identified in a National Cancer Institute library of chemical compounds as a potential therapy for brain and basal cell cancers improves the symptoms of mice with a ... read more

Insight on How a New Class of Antidepressants Works

Sep. 30, 2015 — The experimental drugs target brain cells’ ability to respond to the chemical messenger glutamate, however, it has been unclear how they work. The recent discovery of a molecular amplification ... read more

Our Environment Shapes Our Language

Sep. 30, 2015 — In a series of experiments, researchers show that novel communication systems reflect a variety of environmental and interactional factors. These findings challenge long-established ideas that syntax ... read more

Antipsychotics Increase Risk of Death in People With Parkinson's Disease Psychosis

Sep. 30, 2015 — Antipsychotic drugs may increase the risk of death in people with Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP), according to a new study. PDP affects more than 50 per cent of people with Parkinson's ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — When it comes to treating depression, how well a person responds to a fake medicine may determine how well they'll respond to a real one, new research finds. Those who can muster their ... read more

Children With Autism Benefit from Theatre-Based Program

Sep. 30, 2015 — Children with autism who participated in a 10-week, 40-hour, theatre-based program showed significant differences in social ability compared to a group of children with autism who did not ... read more

Pauses Can Make or Break a Conversation

Sep. 30, 2015 — Long pauses can make speech difficult to understand, but short pauses can be highly beneficial, according to linguistics ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — Researchers have found the presence of neurons in the human brain which can each selectively respond to an intermediate color; not just neurons of red, green, yellow and ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Brain scientists didn't just study how recognition of familiarity and novelty arise in the mammalian brain, they actually took control, inducing rats to behave as if images they'd seen ... read more

Brain Activity Map Reveals How Infant Vision Develops

Sep. 29, 2015 — Visual functions start to develop soon after birth and continue maturing over time as infants gain experience with the world. However, direct evidence of how this maturation process unfolds in the ... read more

The Brain Perceives Motion the Same Way Through Both Vision and Touch

Sep. 29, 2015 — The brain uses similar computations to calculate the direction and speed of objects in motion whether they are perceived visually or through the sense of touch, scientists ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Researchers are testing a prosthesis that translates short-term memories into longer-term ones, with the potential to bypass damaged portions of the ... read more

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