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NIH-funded study shows children recycle brain regions when acquiring new skills

June 17, 2021

Scientists studied the brain activity of school-aged children during development and found that regions that activated upon seeing limbs (hands, legs, etc.) subsequently activated upon seeing faces or words when the children grew older.
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What makes us sneeze?

June 15, 2021

A team led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has identified, in mice, specific cells and proteins that control the sneeze reflex.

As novel sights become familiar, different brain rhythms, neurons take over

June 9, 2021

A new study by researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory substantially advances understanding of how a mammalian brain enables “visual recognition memory.”
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Brain tumors caused by normal neuron activity in mice predisposed to such tumors

May 26, 2021

A study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Stanford University School of Medicine shows that the normal day-to-day activity of neurons can drive the formation and growth of brain tumors.
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A new theory for what’s happening in the brain when something looks familiar

May 4, 2021

University of Pennsylvania researchers propose a new theory for how the brain understands the level of activation expected from a sensory input and corrects for it, leaving behind the signal for familiarity.

Neural Implant Monitors Multiple Brain Areas at Once, Provides New Neuroscience Insights

April 27, 2021

Researchers at UCSD have developed a neural implant that monitors the activity of different parts of the brain at the same time, from the surface to deep structures.
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Citicoline protects against glaucoma without reducing fluid pressure in eye

April 14, 2021

A new study showed that ingesting the compound citicoline restored optic nerve (neural) signals between the brain and eye to near-normal levels in the study rats.

Sign-language exposure impacts infants as young as 5 months old

March 30, 2021

While it isn’t surprising that infants and children love to look at people’s movements and faces, recent research from Rochester Institute of Technology studies exactly where they look when they see someone using sign language.

Yale team finds dozens of genes that block regeneration of neurons

March 2, 2021

In a massive screen of 400 mouse genes, Yale School of Medicine researchers have identified 40 genes actively involved in suppression of axon regeneration in central nervous system cells.

Mount Sinai Researchers Uncover a Neural Pathway that is Critical to Correcting Behavioral Errors Relevant to Many Psychiatric Disorders

February 19, 2021

Mount Sinai researchers have identified a neural pathway through which the brain detects errors and guides subsequent behavioral improvement.