Teasing Apart How Food Can Make Us Well

April 28, 2015

Many researchers at a New York Academy of Sciences symposium described a “nexus of nutrition, aging, and dementia.” 

The Journey to the Cognitive Map

April 24, 2015

2014 Nobel Prize winner John O’Keefe described the path to our understanding of how place works in the brain during a special lecture celebrating the British Neuroscience Association’s 50th year.

How Should Society Treat Addiction?

April 20, 2015

Recent research reveals the neural mechanisms underlying the transition from voluntary to compulsive drug-taking. Scientists and neuroethicists argued what could be done to help people and society during a symposium at the BNA Festival of Neuroscience.

Can Brain Science Help Promote Good Health?

April 7, 2015

Can imaging tell us if scary labels on cigarette packages prompt smokers to quit? Researchers look for signs that might track how persuasive psychological and social interventions will be.

Studying the Blind Leads to New Insights in Human Brain Specialization

March 30, 2015

ir ability to use brain real estate slotted for vision for touch perception suggests that sense areas could be driven by task, not the type of sense.

Ultrasound for Alzheimer’s?

March 24, 2015

Researchers find that focused sound waves can loosen the blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s-model mice, resulting in the clearance of amyloid beta from the brain, and big improvements on memory tests.

The Patterns of Pain Relief

March 10, 2015

Using a data-mining method and fMRI results from eight separate clinical trials testing pain medicines, Oxford researchers find evidence of consistent patterns of brain activity. Such a definite pattern might be used before human trials to choose which new drug to test, or after, to see if it is working in a particular patient.

The Enduring Mystery of Migraine

February 17, 2015

People who get migraines could soon have some new therapeutic options, but a deep understanding of the disorder continues to elude researchers.

Early Life Experience, Critical Periods, and Brain Development

January 26, 2015

Researchers describe links between the presence of a caregiver, the absence of severe prenatal stress, and changes in brain structure and function in childhood and adolescence.

From One Man’s Vision to a Global Campaign: Celebrating 20 years of Brain Awareness Week

January 20, 2015

Increasing enthusiasm from the science community and the public has led to the expansion of Brain Awareness Week to five continents. We look back on the campaign’s evolution.

Swiss Neuroscientists Induce Spooky ‘Feeling of a Presence’ in Healthy Volunteers

December 31, 2014

The researchers expect that such investigations ultimately could offer insights into related neuroscientific issues such as the neural origins of hallucinated voices in schizophrenia and the delusional sense of being controlled by someone else.

Beyond Insulin: Regulating Blood Sugar

December 29, 2014

Research on diet, exercise, and using gene-spliced mice lead scientists to suspect that brain mechanisms may contribute up to half the control we have over glucose.

Tracking Neuroinflammation in Development, Neurodegenerative Disease

December 22, 2014

Researchers use new techniques and drugs to see if inflammation is a cause or an effect of brain illnesses.

The Brain–Gut Axis and Neuropsychiatric Disease: A Paradigm Shift

December 16, 2014

“As our understanding of the microbiome grows, we see a new opportunity for new questions and new understanding of brain disorders ranging from autism and depression,” says one researcher at the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Others agree.

Seeking the Neural Signature of Consciousness

December 9, 2014

Cambridge researchers using EEG find network activity differs among minimally conscious patients, and the possibility of predicting the potential to communicate even in non-responsive people.

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