Archive for the 'Science News' Category

Neuroscientists say it’s possible to overwrite bad memories

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

BrainMemoriesjpgClick Here to Read: Neuroscientists say it’s possible to overwrite bad memories By Agence France-Presse on the Raw Story website on August 28, 2014.

Click Here to Read: Using Light Technique, Scientists Find Dimmer Switch for Memories in Mice By Pam Belluck in The New York Times on August 27, 2014.

Scientists switch ‘good’ and ‘bad’ memories in mice

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Scientists switch ‘good’ and ‘bad’ memories in mice By Rachel Feltman in The Washington Post on August 27, 2014.

This cartoon summarizes one of the main findings of the study. (Collective Next and Roger Redondo)

How Things Work: Neuroscience studies explain why humans experience empathy

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: How Things Work: Neuroscience studies explain why humans experience empathy on The Tartan website on August 24, 2014.

Holding a Mirror to Their Natures: Looking at Twin Personality Through Look-alike

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Holding a Mirror to Their Natures: Looking at Twin Personality Through Look-alikes By David Levine in The New York Times on August 25, 2014.

Study Finds That Brains With Autism Fail to Trim Synapses as They Develop

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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Cilck Here to Read:  Study Finds That Brains With Autism Fail to Trim Synapses as They Develop by Pam Belluck in The New York Times on August 21, 2014.

David Sulzer, a neurobiologist at Columbia, led a study that may help explain symptoms of autism like oversensitivity to noise, as well as why many people with autism also have epilepsy.
Ruth Fremson / The New York Times

 

Maturing brain flips function of amygdala in regulating stress hormones

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Maturing brain flips function of amygdala in regulating stress hormones on the Medical Express Website on August 20, 2014,

The amygdala is a region of the brain known to be important for responses to threats and learning about threats. Its function regulating stress hormones undergoes significant changes as the brain matures, Yerkes research suggests. Credit: NIMH

ISIS Savagery Explained

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: ISIS Savagery Explained: Five reasons why human beings are capable of savage inhumanity. Ian H. Robertson, Ph.D. on his The Winner Effect effect blog on the Psychology Today blogs on August 18, 2014.

Harassment in Science, Replicated

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Harassment in Science, Replicated by Christie Aschwanden in The New York Times on August 11,2014.

Scientists Create a 3-D Model That Mimics Brain Function

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Scientists Create a 3-D Model That Mimics Brain Function By Pam Brlluck August 11, 2014.

A new three-dimensional model, created from silk and collagen gel, which mimics basic neural functions. CreditTufts University

Are Our Moral Decisions Based Solely On Biology?

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Are Our Moral Decisions Based Solely On Biology? on the Radio Boston WHBUR website on August 7, 2014.

Sarah Beth Spitzer, a research assistant at Harvard University, wears an EEG cap, used to localize the regions of the brain needed to stimulate during the test. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

 

Learning the Smell of Fear: Mothers Teach Babies Their Own Fears via Odour

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Learning the Smell of Fear: Mothers Teach Babies Their Own Fears via Odour on the Scixasts website on August 5, 2014.

Small DNA modifications predict brain’s threat response

Monday, August 4th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Small DNA modifications predict brain’s threat response oo the Medical Xpress Website on Aug 03, 2014.

150 Neuroscientists Have A Problem With The EC’s Human Brain Project

Monday, August 4th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: 150 Neuroscientists Have A Problem With The EC’s Human Brain Project by Logan Booker on the Gixmodo on August 3, 2014.

Three Myths about the Human Brain

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Three Myths about the Human Brain by Gregory Hickok in The New York Times on August 1, 2014.

The Amazing Human Stories That Made Modern Neuroscience Possible

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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Click Here to Read: The Amazing Human Stories That Made Modern Neuroscience Possible by John O’Brien on the KUOW.ORG website on August 1, 2014.

Credit Flickr Photo/Giulia Forsythe

Neuroscience: why do we see faces in everyday objects?

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Neuroscience: why do we see faces in everyday objects? David Robson on the BBC News Website on July 30, 2014.

(nottsexminer/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0)

To Answer Our Most Fundamental Questions, Science Needs to Find a Place for the Arts

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  To Answer Our Most Fundamental Questions, Science Needs to Find a Place for the Arts on the Seed website on July 28. 2014.

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Semir Zeki, Neuroscientist, University College London © Christie’s Images/Corbis

From photography to supercomputers: how we see ourselves in our inventions

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: From photography to supercomputers: how we see ourselves in our inventions Neuroscience encourages us to think of our brains as calculation machines, but such analogies, while useful, also demonstrate our limitations by Vaughan Bell in The Observer on July 26, 2014.

Paraplegic Juliano Pinto kicked off this year’s World Cup using a brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton.

 

Researcher shows how stress hormones promote brain’s building of negative memories

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Researcher shows how stress hormones promote brain’s building of negative memories on The Medical Xpress Research Website on July 24, 2014.

The ASU study’s findings about stress hormones, such as cortisol (3-D rendering seen above), are important as they pertain to women, since women are twice as likely to develop disorders from stress and trauma that affect memory, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Study Links Enzyme to Autistic Behaviors

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

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Click Here to Read : Study Links Enzyme to Autistic Behaviors on the Laboratory website on by Univ. of California, Riverside on July 24, 2014.


Iryna Ethell. Credit: L. Duka.