How Our Body "Hears" VibrationsNews
Researchers have observed what happens in the brains of mice whose forepaws perceive vibrations. They discovered that neurons in the somatosensory cortex are activated in a manner similar to those in the sound-reactive auditory cortex. These results suggest that feeling a phone vibrate or hearing it ring is ultimately based on the same brain codes.READ MORE
Hunting the Brain Circuits Behind Alcohol CravingsNews
Scientists at Scripps Research have found that they can reverse the desire to drink in alcohol-dependent rats—with the flip of a switch. The researchers were able to use lasers to temporarily inactivate a specific neuronal population, reversing alcohol-seeking behavior and even reducing the physical symptoms of withdrawal.
BRAIN Scientists Make Strides in Mapping the Mouse CortexNews
Researchers have outlined a way to classify neurons based not only on how they look, but on with which other neurons they are capable of communicating.READ MORE
Immediately before a person decides to launch themselves off a bridge for a bungee jump, there is a measurable increase in their brain activity. This can be recorded nearly one second before the person makes the conscious decision to jump. Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have, for the first time, succeeded in measuring this ‘Bereitschaftspotential’ (readiness potential) outside a laboratory and under extreme conditions. Their findings will help advance the development of brain-computer interfaces, devices that can help quadriplegics control neuroprosthetics which allow them to regain the use of their hands. Results from this research have been published in Scientific Reports.
Understanding and mitigating the role of epigenetics in disease development is a major goal of researchers. Now, a new paper adds significantly to this work by detailing how metabolites can be used to inhibit epigenetic mechanisms and effectively treat a range of diseases, including multiple sclerosis.
Researchers at the San Diego branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at University of California San Diego have identified an entirely new mechanism underlying the development and structure of the nervous system during embryogenesis.
New research shows how the depth of sleep can impact our brain’s ability to efficiently wash away waste and toxic proteins. Because sleep often becomes increasingly lighter and more disrupted as we become older, the study reinforces and potentially explains the links between aging, sleep deprivation, and heightened risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
While exact causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) remain unknown, new research shows pesticides and other environmental pollutants are elevated in ALS patients and correlate with poor survival.
People fall in love for many reasons -- similar interests, physical attraction, and shared values among them. But if they marry and stay together, their long-term happiness may depend on their individual genes or those of their spouse, says a new scientific study.READ MORE
In a bold move to push for open access to publicy-funded research, the University of California has terminated its multimillion-dollar subscriptions with Elsevier.READ MORE
Researchers from New York University's School of Medicine have investigated a neotropical and extremely audible rodent called Alston’s singing mouse, finding that the mouse’s relatively unique vocalizations could prove an excellent model for studying human conversation.READ MORE
A Chinese research team joined forces with Russian and U.S. biologists to obtain the crystal structure of the human type 2 cannabinoid receptor. Their findings will help develop drugs against inflammatory, neurodegenerative, and other diseases.READ MORE