Category: Neuroscience

How Experience Shapes Adult Neurogenesis

Newly made cells in the brains of mice adopt a more complex morphology and connectivity when the animals encounter an unusual environment than if their experiences are run-of-the-mill. Researchers have now figured out just...

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Nascent Neurons Journey Through Newborn Brain

The human cerebral cortex experiences a burst of growth late in fetal development thanks to the expansion and migration of progenitor cells that ultimately form excitatory neurons. For a fully functional brain, in addition...

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Encoding false memories

A unique human ability is the use of concepts that confer meaning in an abstract way. Despite the importance of conceptual knowledge for human cognition, scientists know little about the underlying neural mechanisms and...

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Environmental Magnetite in the Human Brain

In more than three dozen postmortem human brains, scientists have detected nanoparticles of magnetite that they suspect came from the environment. The brain produces magnetite particles that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but these...

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Altered Sense of Touch in Autism?

Mice with certain mutations in the touch receptors in their skin are more easily startled by small puffs of air than their wild-type counterparts, according to a study published this week (June 9) in...

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Animals show how Zika harms fetuses

Zika virus has frightened people the world over because of growing evidence that it can have severe effects on fetuses when it infects pregnant women. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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