‘Zombie’ brain cells develop into working neurons

March 11, 2020
Summary: Genetically preventing apoptosis during brain growth allows ‘zombie’ cells to develop into functioning neurons. Source: Francis Crick Institute March 11, 2020 https://neurosciencenews.com/zombie-cell-neurons-15901/

How the brain encodes landmarks that help us navigate

March 10, 2020
Summary:Neuroscientists discover how a key brain region combines visual and spatial information to help us find our way. Source:Anne Trafton, MIT News Office March 10, 2020 http://news.mit.edu./2020/brain-encodes-landmarks-navigate-0310

The neural basis of sensory hypersensitivity

March 2, 2020
Summary:A new study may explain why people with autism are often highly sensitive to light and noise. MIT neuroscientists have discovered a brain circuit that appears to contribute to the sensory hypersensitivity often seen in people with autism spectrum disorders. Source:Anne Trafton, MIT News Office March 2, 2020 http://news.mit.edu./2020/neural-basis-of-sensory-hypersensitivity-0302

Bridging the gap between human and machine vision

February 11, 2020
Summary:Researchers develop a more robust machine-vision architecture by studying how human vision responds to changing viewpoints of objects. Source:Kris Brewer,Center for Brains, Minds and Machines February 11, 2020 http://news.mit.edu./2020/bridging-gap-between-human-and-machine-vision-0211

Mice ‘detectives’ hint at how humans read between the lines

February 11, 2020
Summary: Humans and mice use inference skills to solve problems in a remarkably similar manner. Source: Champalimaud Center for the Unknown February 11, 2020 https://neurosciencenews.com/reading-between-lines-15672/

A teenager’s body clock can ring in school success

February 10, 2020
Summary:When lessons start at 7:45 a.m., morning-loving students do better than those who naturally wake up later. Source:Nature Hum. Behav. (2020) 10 February 2020 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00375-z

Organoids show the brain’s cognitive centre taking shape

January 23, 2020
Summary:Brain models in a dish offer clues to molecular signals involved in the human forebrain’s development. Source:Science (2020) 23 January 2020 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00174-6

With these neurons, extinguishing fear is its own reward

January 21, 2020
Summary:The same neurons responsible for encoding reward also form new memories to suppress fearful ones. Source:David Orenstein,Picower Institute January 21, 2020 http://news.mit.edu./2020/with-these-neurons-extinguishing-fear-its-own-reward-0121

An artificial neural connection allows a new cortical site to control hand movements

January 7, 2020
Summary: A newly developed artificial neural connection device allows new cortical sites, previously not associated with limb movements, to swiftly regain the control of a paralyzed hand. Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science January 7, 2020 https://neurosciencenews.com/aan-hand-control-15416/

Booze on the brain

December 18, 2019
Summary: Dysfunction in a brain pathway that usually keeps compulsive drinking in check may play a critical role in alcohol use disorder. Source: Santa Clarita University December 18, 2019 https://neurosciencenews.com/alcohol-moderation-neuroscience-15324/