Rhesus monkeys at the University of California – Davis are showing promise to cure anxiety after scientists isolated and boosted a single brain molecule. Researchers Andrew Fox, of UC Davis, and Tade Souaiaia, of SUNY, lead a study to determine if manipulation of the amygdala could mitigate behaviors that relate to anxiety and depression. The amygdala is the portion of the brain that controls memories and the emotions associated with them.Continue reading
Yes, there’s an app for that! Korean and American scientists have invented a device capable of controlling neural circuits and distributing light and drug therapies to defined areas of the brain that is completely manipulated by a smartphone app. Neuroscientists now have a tool to trigger any specific combination or sequence of light and drug delivery into an implanted target animal without being present in the laboratory.Continue reading
Scientists are digging deeper into the causes and complications of dementia, Alzheimer’s and other diseases involving impaired brain function. Although prions are healthy proteins found inside the brain, they sometimes develop into pathogens that cause a variety of infections and abnormalities.Continue reading
Improvements in our technology have not only changed our routines, access to information and daily lives, it may also be changing the way that our brains are processing it all.
Smartphone1Scientists are using smartphones to learn more about how our brains change and adapt to our environment and routines.Continue reading
Australian scientists have successfully tested a new Alzheimer’s treatment on mice. This new treatment incorporates the use of ultrasound technology instead of drugs to clear plaques and restore memory. Current Alzheimer’s treatments only work for a short time and do not remove plaques. This new treatment option has the potential to be much more effective as well as less expensive.Continue reading
Psychologists have recognized for some time now that working memory holds information for short periods as long as you can stay focused. This is the reason that soon after you have seen something, you are still able to imagine it in your head. Researchers have recently unlocked another piece of this puzzle and even though the research conclusions are still preliminary, it may eventually help schizophrenia patients manage or prevent hallucinations.Continue reading