Neurobiology
Monday 27 April, 2015

How brain purposefully ignores distractions

Inattention in the brain
To study how the brain purposefully ignores sensory stimuli, researchers looked at brainwaves connecting the somatosensory cortex (hSI) to the right inferior frontal cortex (IFC). White regions were experimental controls.
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A study has revealed that our brain purposefully ignores less important things for us to concentrate on something more crucial  More...

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The dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, depicted in blue and red, is larger and linked with better function in those who carry one copy of the KLOTHO gene variant. Illustration by Michael Griffin Kelly
By BioNews On Saturday, January 31st, 2015
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Larger brain region linked to longevity

People who carry a variant of a gene that is associated with longevity also have larger volumes in a front part of the brain involved in planning and decision-making  More...

Sensors continuously collect and process the accelerometry signals and they automatically detect and quantify the symptom of the patient. / PERFORM project.
By BioNews On Friday, January 30th, 2015
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New technologies to help patients with Parkinson’s disease

Researchers from Spain are testing new wearable sensor networks and mobile phone applications to monitor and manage patients with Parkinson’s disease.  More...

University of Canterbury researchers Anthony Bracegirdle, Jay Holland, Professor Tanja Mitrovic and Dr Moffat Mathews
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By BioNews On Monday, January 26th, 2015
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‘Virtual reality therapy improving lives of stroke survivors’

Stroke survivors might soon be able to go online to find a system to help improve their memories with virtual reality technology developed by New Zealand scientists  More...

Brain size genes found
By BioNews On Saturday, January 24th, 2015
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Reserachers discover genes that shape the brain

In a significant finding, an international team of scientists has discovered five genetic variants that influence the size of structures within the human brain.  More...

sleep and memory
By BioNews On Saturday, January 24th, 2015
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How sleep and memory go hand-in-hand

Finding a new co-relationship between sleep and memory, a new study on flies has discovered that sleep, memory and learning are deeply connected.  More...

James Tao, MD, PhD
Image credit: University of Chicago medicine
By BioNews On Friday, January 23rd, 2015
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Sleeping on stomach ups risk of sudden death in epilepsy

Research shows that those who suffer from epilepsy and sleep on their stomach may be at higher risk of sudden unexpected death, drawing a parallel to sudden infant death syndrome in babies  More...

In these microscope images of fruit fly (top) and human (bottom) neurons, darts point to Futsch/MAP1B protein localization in motor neuron cell bodies. Compared to healthy neurons (left), the ALS neurons clearly show accumulations of the proteins. (Photo: Daniela Zarnescu)
By BioNews On Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
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Researchers unravel the mechanisms underlying ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

By now, most everyone has seen videos all over social media of friends and family dousing themselves in ice cold water as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  More...

men women brain
By BioNews On Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
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Men and Women Process Emotions Differently

Women rate emotional images as more emotionally stimulating than men do and are more likely to remember them.  More...

brain recalls memory
By BioNews On Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
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How brain recalls old memories via new pathways revealed

People with anxiety disorders, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), often experience prolonged and exaggerated fearfulness.  More...