This Week in Neuroscience

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We pick out the top neuroscience stories of the week

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NNR Meets First Author Dr Sepiedeh Keshavarzi to Discuss Visual Motion Integration in the Brain

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Dr Keshavarzi describes the collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to their discovery and explains what the findings mean for our understanding of visual motion integration in the brain.

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The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise | Wendy Suzuki

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Neuroscientist Prof. Wendy Suzuki explains how exercise improves your brain health.

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Neurotransmission Vs Neuromodulation

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This infographic details The classic neurotransmitters and neuromodulators of the brain, their molecular structures and their roles in brain cell communication.

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Evidence for a Neural Law of Effect: How the brain pursues pleasure

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New study in mice shows how the brain learns to reproduce patterns of brain activity that lead to reward; provides insights for treating addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder

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Neuropeptide Y Y1 Receptor Structure Solved, Offers New Opportunities for Anti-obesity Drug Discovery

Neuropeptide Y Y1 Receptor Structure Solved, Offers New Opportunities for Anti-obesity Drug Discovery

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Scientists solve the crystal structure of Neuropeptide Y Y1 Receptor, offering new opportunities for anti-obesity drug discovery.

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Neural Computer Hears Like Humans
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Modelling the human senses is an incredibly complex task. Our brains arrange cells into complex hierarchies that process information from our surroundings. Now, a group at MIT have created a model of the human auditory cortex that can hear sounds and music in the same way that humans do.

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New Microscope Captures Detailed 3-D Movies of Cells Deep Within Living Systems
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Merging lattice light sheet microscopy with adaptive optics reveals the most detailed picture yet of subcellular dynamics in multicellular organisms.

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Stable Beta-Amyloid Dimers Identified in Alzheimer’s Brains
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A recent study exploited state-of-the-art mass spectrometry to provide the first direct evidence of beta-amyloid dimers in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and points to the potential of these molecules as biomarkers. Beta-amyloid dimers may be the smallest pathological species that trigger Alzheimer’s disease.

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Why is a Molecule Necessary for Penile Erections Important for Brain Cell Communication?

Why is a Molecule Necessary for Penile Erections Important for Brain Cell Communication?

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New research sheds light on neuronal communication and adds more detail to the current picture of brain cell communication at the synapse, and the role of the messenger molecule nitric oxide.

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Study Shows Night Owls Have a 10% Higher Risk of Early Death
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Scientists study link between chronotype and death, and find night owls are at greater risk of health complications and earlier death.

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Blood Tests for Brain Diseases
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Definitive diagnosis for many neurodegenerative diseases – such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) – frequently comes far too late. The “true gold standard” for diagnosis of both Alzheimer’s and CTE is through direct postmortem examination of brain tissue. Now, both researchers and athletes are working to change that.

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The Wearable Brain Scanner: New MEG helmet
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Scientists and engineers have developed a wearable MEG brain scanner.

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