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Heavy marijuana use affects dopamine response

People who use marijuana heavily appear to have blunted brain responses to dopamine, according to a new study. Dopamine is a chemical messenger associated with pleasant feelings, motivation and reward.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

European human brain project officials respond to criticisms

Officials behind the European brain mapping effort have taken steps to tackle concerns voiced about the project from the scientific community.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Earliest predator brain found

The fossilized remains of the brain of the world's earliest known predators has been unearthed. The creature is called Lyrarapax unguispinus. Although it is now extinct, it is remarkably similar to a living creature called an onychophoran.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 6 comments

Neuroscientists set to boycott European brain project

More than 250 European researchers have signed a letter criticizing the European Commission’s (EC) $1.6 billion effort to create a computer simulation of the human brain.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Is intelligence inheritable?

Atlanta - The inheritance of intelligence has proved to be a controversial subject over many decades, and one fused with the nature-nurture debate. To add to the mix, some researchers have said that chimpanzees inherit general intelligence from their parents.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

UK Dementias research program launches

London - Some £16 million will be invested into neurodegenerative conditions research in the U.K. This includes developing new drug treatments and discovering methods of prevention.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Potential new drug may bring hope for Alzheimer's sufferers

New York - Experiments conducted by researchers at Sidney Strickland’s Laboratory of Neurobiology and Genetics at Rockefeller University have discovered a compound which may stop the progression of Alzheimer’s.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment

Obama's brain initiative asks for extra $4.5 billion

Washington - A committee for the U.S. BRAIN Initiative (a neuroscience research program), has said that taxpayers should provide a further $4.5 billion in funding.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Concussions and youth sports Special

Suffering from a concussion can occur in any sport, and at all levels of play. The U.S. Center for Disease Control estimates 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur in sports and recreational activities each year.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Some brain cells deal with stress better than others

Scientists may have found the brain cells responsible for the varying reactions to stress. The research also suggests that there are variations between animals in how the brain responds to stressful situations.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

New way of watching 'neurons in action' (video)

Researchers have imaged the electrical impulses of a worm and in the zebrafish nervous system. It is hoped that the pioneering technology could be used soon to show activity in the human brain.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Why can’t you remember life as a baby?

The growth and development of new neurons may explain why adults cannot remember being infants, according to a new study.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 7 comments

New study finds casual pot use alters the brain

Young adults who occasionally use pot show abnormalities in two key areas of their brain related to emotion, motivation, and decision making, new research reveals.

Mapping the mouse brain

New research charts the entire brain of the mouse at the cellular level. The collected data is the most comprehensive analysis of an animal's brain to be published.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

New finding about autism (video)

Abnormal cellular layering has been found within the brains of children with autism. This points to inappropriate development prenatally, according to new research.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

U.S. and Europe get their heads together

Europe and the U.S. have launched a collaboration linking their government-backed initiatives to study the human brain and nervous system.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Breast cancer gene linked to brain development

The breast cancer-associated gene BRCA1 appears to play a protective role in neural stem cells, a new mouse study has found.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Brain region linked to schizophrenia

Researchers have identified a region of the brain which is sensitive to small changes in memory. The results provide a clue as to why this area is often found to be abnormal in people suffering with schizophrenia.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

What makes a jazz musician tick?

Baltimore - With jazz maestros, some areas of the brain that typically process language are highly active, according to a new study, which was carried out at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Pesticide DDT linked to Alzheimer’s

DDT may increase the risk of the neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer's, according to some troubling new research conducted by Rutgers University.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Incredible 'inside the brain' video

Scientists have put together an amazing four-minute captioned video showing biochemical processes deep inside the brain. The focus is on the intricate mechanisms involved in the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Fish oils linked to brain health

New research suggests that fish oil helps with brain development, not just at childhood but through adult life. The latest study charts improvements in the brain function of post-menopausal women.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Is the perception of reality a homocentric experience?

Is the perception of reality a subjective human experience? This is one of the many questions tackled in Michio Kaku's forthcoming book, The Future of the Mind.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 2 comments

Speech requires both sides of brain

Paris - Humans need both sides of their brain for speech, according to a study Wednesday that could rewrite therapy for people verbally impaired by a stroke.
In the Media by AFP

Obama's BRAIN project ideas unveiled

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has outlined the types of projects it intends to fund through the federal BRAIN Initiative, and is requesting applications. The project has proved controversial in some quarters due to its cost and expected benefits.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Brain chip helps injured rats to move

With a futuristic brain patch, brain-injured rats regained the ability to reach out and grab a bit of food. This new technology might one day help people will spinal injuries.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Single spray of oxytocin helps autism

A new study suggests that a single spray shot of the hormone oxytocin improves brain function in young children with autism.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Drug addiction changes the brain

By studying post-mortem human brains of heroin abusers, scientists have found that significant changes in gene networks occur.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Nicotine center of the brain found

The part of the brain which becomes addicted to nicotine has been located — the interpeduncular nucleus. This could lead to treatments targeted to the region and may aid smoking cessation.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 5 comments

Autism may be detectable in baby’s first months of life

A new finding suggests that signs of autism may appear in babies just a few months old. This is shown by how infants respond to adults.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments
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