The Neuroscience Roundup - 08/16/19
List Aug 16, 2019 | by Ruairi J Mackenzie, Science Writer for Technology Networks
The zebra finch's musical brain is part of this week's roundup. Credit: By JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76608754
Here's a short selection of our favorite neuroscience stories from the last week!
1. Rapid bursts of neuronal activity called "hippocampal ripples" have been recorded for the first time in the human brain. The findings may have ramifications for how we understand memory
2. A sensory organ consisting of glial schwann cells has been found in the skin. The mesh-like structure is sensitive to painful mechanical damage.
3. Our body's increasing stiffness as we age is well known by most, but our brains also get stiffer, according to new research that has found ways to reverse this stiffness in rat neural stem cells.
4. Researchers have demonstrated how the brains of young songbirds become tuned to the songs they learn while growing up.
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5. Current guidance on blood pressure control might need to go further to help the brain, suggests a study showing that stricter blood pressure control is associated with lower dementia risks.
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