Category: "Memory"

New study pinpoints individual neurons in the brain that support observational learning

New study pinpoints individual neurons in the brain that support observational learning

Picture a little boy imitating his father shaving in the mirror or a little girl wobbling proudly in her mother’s high heels. From infancy, we learn by watching other people, then use those memories to help us predict outcomes and make decisions in the future. Now a UCLA-Caltech study has pinpointed the individual neurons in […]

How technology is reducing seizures in patients with epilepsy

How technology is reducing seizures in patients with epilepsy

Via Miami Herald When 29-year-old Krystle Thrasher was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2011, she often had 10 to 15 seizures a month despite taking medication to help control her seizure activity. “After a seizure, I would be tired and just want to go to bed,” said Thrasher, a paralegal who lives in Sunrise with her […]

Researchers unravel mechanism by which hippocampal stem cells regulate their own fate

Researchers unravel mechanism by which hippocampal stem cells regulate their own fate

To date, it has been assumed that the differentiation of stem cells depends on the environment they are embedded in. A research group at the University of Basel now describes for the first time a mechanism by which hippocampal neural stem cells regulate their own cell fate via the protein Drosha. The journal Cell Stem […]

Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Boosts Memory

Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Boosts Memory

Researchers have demonstrated a functional relationship between spindle activity during sleep and memory. Sleep spindles are transient electrical activity generated by brain networks at a frequency of 11 to 16 Hz (11 to 16 times per second). They have in the past been correlated with memory consolidation, but this is the first time that researchers, […]

GENE RESEARCH: Temporal Lobe Genetic Link Discovered

GENE RESEARCH: Temporal Lobe Genetic Link Discovered

Via Epilepsy Research UK A New Genetic Link To Temporal Lobe Epilepsy There may be an association between natural differences (known as polymorphisms) in a gene called ADAM10 and temporal lobe epilepsy, according to new research led by Dr Keshen Li from Jinan University in China. The study, published in the scientific journal Frontiers in […]

UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN: New technology allows researchers to temporarily shut down brain area to better understand function

UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN: New technology allows researchers to temporarily shut down brain area to better understand function

Capitalizing on experimental genetic techniques, researchers at the California National Primate Research Center, or CNPRC, at the University of California, Davis, have demonstrated that temporarily turning off an area of the brain changes patterns of activity across much of the remaining brain. The research suggests that alterations in the functional connectivity of the brain in […]

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