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Image of the Week: Speeding Up Brain Signals

Your brain’s electrical signals travel from node to node in their journey along nerve axons.

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Searching for Answers: Alzheimer's Disease

In this video, doctors, researchers, and patients explain the causes and effects of Alzheimer's disease.

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Animal Models

Even animals with simple nervous systems can help us learn about how our own nervous system works.

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Brain, Behavior, and Environmental Change

According to environmental scientists, the climate is changing due to the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. Research shows environmental change can affect the brain and behavior.

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Ed Boyden: A Light Switch for Neurons

Ed Boyden shows how he can selectively activate or de-activate specific neurons with fiber-optic implants.

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Diseases & Disorders

Brain Tumor Basics

About Neuroscience

Reading Minds: the Science, not the Fiction

Sensing, Thinking & Behaving

Myth: You only use 10 percent of your brain.

Sensing, Thinking & Behaving

Vision and Gene Therapy

Across the Lifespan

Obesity and the Brain

In Society

Neurolaw: Neuroscience in the Courtroom

Discoveries

Patricia Kuhl: The Linguistic Genius of Babies

Source: TED
Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another — by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know.

Glia: Earning Some Respect

Source: Dana Foundation
A growing number of studies suggest glial cells play a vital role in brain function, which when disrupted can have severe consequences.

The Blood-Brain Barrier

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Identifying new ways to bypass the brain’s elaborate security system may one day lead to better outcomes for patients with brain tumors or other neurological disorders.

Where's the Cuttlefish?

Source: Science Friday
What can the cuttlefish’s remarkable camouflage abilities teach us about vision?

Sol Snyder: Daring Creativity in Research

Source: Society for Neuroscience
The neuroscientist discusses how creative thinking led to some of his most groundbreaking discoveries.


The Chemistry of Fear

Source: American Chemical Society
What happens in the brain when we are frightened?

Recent Neuroscience in the News

Amid Growing Concern Over Head Injuries, California Limits Full-Contact Football Practices

Source: The Washington Post Early Lead Blog
Date: 22 July 2014
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will limit football practices for middle-school and high school students.

Spark for a Stagnant Search

Source: New York Times
Date: 21 July 2014

The Broad Institute announced a $650 million donation for psychiatric research from the Stanley Family Foundation — one of the largest private gifts ever for scientific research.


Beyond Salty and Sweet: A Budding Club of Tastes

Source: The New York Times Well Blog
Date: 21 July 2014
Although there is still no consensus beyond sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savory, the research makes clear there is more to taste than a handful of sensations.

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