Brain Education

Medical Xpress: A ‘GPS’ to navigate the brain’s neuronal networks

In new research published today by Nature Methods, scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Harvard University have announced a “Neuronal Positioning System” (NPS) that maps the circuitry of the brain, similar to how a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver triangulates one’s location on the planet. (April 27, 2015) Read the full article here […]

Science Daily: Bats use both sides of brain to listen — just like humans

Researchers have shown that, like humans, mustached bats use the left and right sides of their brains to process different aspects of sounds. Aside from humans, no other animal that has been studied, not even monkeys or apes, has proved to use such hemispheric specialization for sound processing — meaning that the left brain is […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers bring order to big data of human biology

A multi-year study led by researchers from the Simons Center for Data Analysis (SCDA) and major universities and medical schools has broken substantial new ground, establishing how genes work together within 144 different human tissues and cell types in carrying out those tissues’ functions. (April 27, 2015) Read the full article here  

Science Daily: New light shed on brain’s source of power

New research represents a potentially fundamental shift in our understanding of how nerve cells in the brain generate the energy needed to function. The study shows neurons are more independent than previously believed and this research has implications for a range of neurological disorders. (April, 24, 2015) Read the full article here  

Medical Xpress: New insight into how brain makes memories

Every time you make a memory, somewhere in your brain a tiny filament reaches out from one neuron and forms an electrochemical connection to a neighboring neuron. A team of biologists at Vanderbilt University, headed by Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Donna Webb, studies how these connections are formed at the molecular and cellular level. […]

Science Daily: In search of tinnitus, that phantom ringing in the ears

About one in five people experience tinnitus, the perception of a sound — often described as ringing — that isn’t really there. Now, researchers have taken advantage of a rare opportunity to record directly from the brain of a person with tinnitus in order to find the brain networks responsible. (April 23, 2015) Read the […]

EurekAlert: Study describes brain circuitry for selecting among sensations

We consider only some of the sights, sounds, and sensations we experience. A new study by Brown University neuroscientists details how the neocortex selectively samples from the flow of sensory information that might otherwise flood it. (April, 23, 2015) Read the full article here