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Research reveals first glimpse of a brain circuit that helps experience to shape perception
News   Feb 28, 2014

Odors have a way of connecting us with moments buried deep in our past.  Maybe it is a whiff of your grandmother’s perfume that transports you back decades.  With that single breath, you are suddenly in her living room, listening as the adults banter about politics.

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Muscle-controlling neurons know when they mess up, according to research
News   Feb 27, 2014

Whether it is playing a piano sonata or acing a tennis serve, the brain needs to orchestrate precise, coordinated control over the body’s many muscles. Moreover, there needs to be some kind of feedback from the senses should any of those movements go wrong.

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After death, twin brains show similar patterns of neuropathologic changes
News   Feb 26, 2014

Despite widespread use of a single term, Alzheimer’s disease is actually a diverse collection of diseases, symptoms and pathological changes. What’s happening in the brain often varies widely from patient to patient, and a trigger for one person may be harmless is another.

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Learning New Ideas Alters Brain Cells
News   Feb 24, 2014

A new University of British Columbia study identifies an important molecular change that occurs in the brain when we learn and remember.

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Researchers Pinpoint Brain Region Essential for Social Memory
News   Feb 23, 2014

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have determined that a small region of the hippocampus known as CA2 is essential for social memory, the ability of an animal to recognize another of the same species.

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Study in Mice Raises Question: Could PTSD Involve Immune Cell Response to Stress?
News   Feb 20, 2014

Chronic stress that produces inflammation and anxiety in mice appears to prime their immune systems for a prolonged fight, causing the animals to have an excessive reaction to a single acute stressor weeks later, new research suggests.

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NIH Network Revolutionizes Stroke Clinical Research
News   Dec 13, 2013

Stroke remains number one cause of disability and fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

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£3m Dementia Consortium Launched
News   Dec 11, 2013

New Consortium aims to boost dementia drug discovery by uniting charity, academic and private sectors in search for new treatments.

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Researchers Identify Molecule that Orients Neurons for High-Def Sensing
News   Nov 06, 2013

Many animals have highly developed senses, such as vision in carnivores, touch in mice, and hearing in bats. New research from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute has uncovered a brain molecule that can explain the existence of such finely-tuned sensory capabilities, revealing how brain cells responsible for specific senses are positioned to receive incoming sensory information.

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