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September 18, 2014

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8:34 PM | Working on getting a #yinyang #brain #drawing going with my phone's stylus. #art #science #neuroscience #sciart
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4:58 PM | Is Stress Eating Away at You? No, Literally…
Ever wonder why, when people are too stressed, they are often grouchy, grumpy, nasty, distracted or forgetful? It may not be something you’ve done, in fact it turns out stress […]

van der Kooij, M., Fantin, M., Rejmak, E., Grosse, J., Zanoletti, O., Fournier, C., Ganguly, K., Kalita, K., Kaczmarek, L. & Sandi, C. & (2014). Role for MMP-9 in stress-induced downregulation of nectin-3 in hippocampal CA1 and associated behavioural alterations, Nature Communications, 5 4995. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5995

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4:58 PM | Is Stress Eating Away at You? No, Literally…
Ever wonder why, when people are too stressed, they are often grouchy, grumpy, nasty, distracted or forgetful? It may not be something you’ve done, in fact it turns out stress […]

van der Kooij, M., Fantin, M., Rejmak, E., Grosse, J., Zanoletti, O., Fournier, C., Ganguly, K., Kalita, K., Kaczmarek, L. & Sandi, C. & (2014). Role for MMP-9 in stress-induced downregulation of nectin-3 in hippocampal CA1 and associated behavioural alterations, Nature Communications, 5 4995. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5995

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1:29 PM | The real problem with “open data”
Recently there has been a growing push for “Open Data”, that is, for the principle that the raw data from scientific studies should be made freely available online. It’s easy to see the appeal: having the raw data freely accessible means that anybody can check the validity of a paper, and creates a potential for … Continue reading »
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7:59 AM | Neuroinflammation Models : Use in Studies of Neurodegeneration and Regeneration
About Webinar: Neuroinflammation, defined as the activation of endogenous glial cells and their complex interplay with other cell types via cytokines, chemokines and other factors, is a component of all central nervous system (CNS) injuries, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.  Although neuroinflammation is a normal response to CNS injury, a great deal of emphasis has been […] The post Neuroinflammation Models : Use in Studies of Neurodegeneration and Regeneration appeared […]
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5:00 AM | Brainstorm in a teacup: can epilepsy fuel creativity? | Dan Mitchell
Epilepsy can be very disruptive and debilitating, but can it also spur creativity? If treatments suppress comedic inspiration and this directly affects your job, is it worth it? Im an epileptic. Its not how I define myself, but I am writing about epilepsy, so I think pointing out the fact that I am speaking from experience is acceptable. Continue reading...

September 17, 2014

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10:01 PM | People With Blood Type AB More At Risk Of Cognitive Decline And Dementia
Don't bank on it. Credit: SabinurceBy Kristine Alexander, University of Vermont read more
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7:51 PM | NEW #Painting : The #Brain and Recoil Sounds
Hey you!How do you react when you hear an unpleasant sound? For example:Nails on a chalkboardChild crying at a high pitchMetal against glassBrakes screechingWe usually recoil, maybe even cover our ears. The sounds are so sensitive to us that we physically try to protect ourselves. Well, allow me to introduce my latest brain painting "Cacophony. " The word cacophony means "a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds." Thanks to a good friend for the name suggestion!The new painting has also been […]
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4:12 PM | Anxiety Dreams
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4:00 PM | (Transneuronal) Attack of the Mutant Huntingtin!
Huntington’s disease (HD) is an incredibly debilitating neurodegenerative disorder. Currently, there is no treatment that effectively reverses the progression of the disease or delays its onset. Huntington’s is a particularly difficult diagnosis because it is an autosomal dominant degenerative disease, meaning that any child of an affected parent has a 50% chance of inheriting the … Continue reading →

Pecho-Vrieseling E., Sascha Fuchs, Dorothee Bleckmann, Maria Soledad Esposito, Paolo Botta, Chris Goldstein, Mario Bernhard, Ivan Galimberti, Matthias Müller & Andreas Lüthi & (2014). Transneuronal propagation of mutant huntingtin contributes to non–cell autonomous pathology in neurons, Nature Neuroscience, 17 (8) 1064-1072. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nn.3761

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3:28 PM | Antidepressants Modulate Memory in the Healthy Brain
The mechanism of antidepressant drug response is not well understood.One theory posits antidepressant effects are only seen in those with clinical depression leaving the healthy brain unchanged.In a previous post, I outlined a study demonstrating effects of antidepressants on brain connectivity measures in the healthy brain.A recent fMRI study extends our understanding of the potential mechanisms for antidepressant drugs.CT Cerqueira and colleagues from Brazil studied the effects of the […]

Cerqueira CT, Sato JR, de Almeida JR, Amaro E Jr, Leite CC, Gorenstein C, Gentil V & Busatto GF (2014). Healthy individuals treated with clomipramine: an fMRI study of brain activity during autobiographical recall of emotions., Translational psychiatry, 4 PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24984192

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10:54 AM | Do We Really Need A Brain?
This seemingly stupid question is not as straightforward as you might think. Well, of course we do need a brain but it’s not so clear how much of our brain we need to actually survive and function somewhat normally. Recently, doctors in China reported the case of a woman who was missing a large portion […] The post Do We Really Need A Brain? appeared first on HeadStuff.
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1:00 AM | While watching Alfred Hitchcock, a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years exhibited sim
While watching Alfred Hitchcock, a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years exhibited similar brain patterns to healthy viewers, including parts of the brain involved in higher cognition and the processing of sensory information. The study "provides the best evidence to date that fMRI can be used to identify consciousness in vegetative patients" and that humans share a common neural code for similar conscious experiences. Read more...

September 16, 2014

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9:30 PM | asapscience: Ever wonder how social media and the internet are...
asapscience: Ever wonder how social media and the internet are affecting your brain? You may never be the same!
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12:22 PM | The Genetics of the Schizophrenias
A new study sheds further light on the genetic basis of the group of psychiatric disorders known collectively as schizophrenia. Further, the study (actually a collection of four studies) takes a new approach that might prove generally useful in associating genetic variation with disease risk, even beyond psychiatry. Schizophrenia In popular culture the term “schizophrenic” [...]
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11:55 AM | #Brain article of interest: Australian Goldfish Called George Undergoes Surgery To Save His Life
From MashableRead the full article here-> http://ift.tt/1nZmieZ
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10:18 AM | Should Policy Makers and Financial Institutions Have Access to Billions of Brain Scans?
"Individual risk attitudes are correlated with the grey matter volume in the posterior parietal cortex suggesting existence of an anatomical biomarker for financial risk-attitude," said Dr Tymula. This means tolerance of risk "could potentially be measured in billions of existing medical brain scans." 1 -Gray matter matters when measuring risk toleranceLet's pretend that scientists have discovered a neural biomarker that could accurately predict a person's propensity to take financial risks […]

Gilaie-Dotan, S., Tymula, A., Cooper, N., Kable, J., Glimcher, P. & Levy, I. (2014). Neuroanatomy Predicts Individual Risk Attitudes, Journal of Neuroscience, 34 (37) 12394-12401. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1600-14.2014

Levy, I., Rosenberg Belmaker, L., Manson, K., Tymula, A. & Glimcher, P. (2012). Measuring the Subjective Value of Risky and Ambiguous Options using Experimental Economics and Functional MRI Methods, Journal of Visualized Experiments, (67) DOI: 10.3791/3724

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10:18 AM | Should Policy Makers and Financial Institutions Have Access to Billions of Brain Scans?
"Individual risk attitudes are correlated with the grey matter volume in the posterior parietal cortex suggesting existence of an anatomical biomarker for financial risk-attitude," said Dr Tymula. This means tolerance of risk "could potentially be measured in billions of existing medical brain scans." 1 -Gray matter matters when measuring risk toleranceLet's pretend that scientists have discovered a neural biomarker that could accurately predict a person's propensity to take financial risks […]

Gilaie-Dotan, S., Tymula, A., Cooper, N., Kable, J., Glimcher, P. & Levy, I. (2014). Neuroanatomy Predicts Individual Risk Attitudes, Journal of Neuroscience, 34 (37) 12394-12401. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1600-14.2014

Levy, I., Rosenberg Belmaker, L., Manson, K., Tymula, A. & Glimcher, P. (2012). Measuring the Subjective Value of Risky and Ambiguous Options using Experimental Economics and Functional MRI Methods, Journal of Visualized Experiments, (67) DOI: 10.3791/3724

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September 15, 2014

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8:42 PM | How the brain finds what it’s looking for
A new study reveals how the brain processes color and motion, providing a new understanding of attention.
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8:01 PM | Humanized FoxP2 and the timing of habits
Last week, Elizabeth Pennisi asked me to comment on the recent paper from Schreiweis et al. entitled “Humanized FoxP2 accelerates learning by enhancing transitions from declarative to procedural performance”. Since I don’t know how much, if anything, of my answers […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

Schreiweis, C., Bornschein, U., Burguiere, E., Kerimoglu, C., Schreiter, S., Dannemann, M., Goyal, S., Rea, E., French, C., Puliyadi, R. & Groszer, M. (2014). Humanized Foxp2 accelerates learning by enhancing transitions from declarative to procedural performance, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1414542111

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6:00 PM | Run Towards The Light!: Characterising Near-Death Experiences
The term Near-Death Experience conjures up thoughts of walking down a long tunnel towards a bright light or floating above an operating table – easy to dismiss as a paranormal […]
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4:58 PM | The Genetic Roots of Schizophrenia
I have a friend who lost an eye — not in a war zone like you might suspect given my background — but to his brother. Yes, you read that […]

avier Arnedo, M.S.; Dragan M. Svrakic, M.D., Ph.D.; Coral del Val, Ph.D.; Rocío Romero-Zaliz, Ph.D.; Helena Hernández-Cuervo, M.D.; Molecular Genetics of Schizophrenia Consortium; Ayman H. Fanous, M.D.; Michele T. Pato, M.D.; Carlos N. Pato, M.D., Ph.D. (2014). Uncovering the Hidden Risk Architecture of the Schizophrenias: Confirmation in Three Independent Genome-Wide Association Studies, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Other:

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4:58 PM | The Genetic Roots of Schizophrenia
I have a friend who lost an eye — not in a war zone like you might suspect given my background — but to his brother. Yes, you read that […]

avier Arnedo, M.S.; Dragan M. Svrakic, M.D., Ph.D.; Coral del Val, Ph.D.; Rocío Romero-Zaliz, Ph.D.; Helena Hernández-Cuervo, M.D.; Molecular Genetics of Schizophrenia Consortium; Ayman H. Fanous, M.D.; Michele T. Pato, M.D.; Carlos N. Pato, M.D., Ph.D. (2014). Uncovering the Hidden Risk Architecture of the Schizophrenias: Confirmation in Three Independent Genome-Wide Association Studies, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Other:

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4:58 PM | The Genetic Roots of Schizophrenia
I have a friend who lost an eye — not in a war zone like you might suspect given my background — but to his brother. Yes, you read that […]

avier Arnedo, M.S.; Dragan M. Svrakic, M.D., Ph.D.; Coral del Val, Ph.D.; Rocío Romero-Zaliz, Ph.D.; Helena Hernández-Cuervo, M.D.; Molecular Genetics of Schizophrenia Consortium; Ayman H. Fanous, M.D.; Michele T. Pato, M.D.; Carlos N. Pato, M.D., Ph.D. (2014). Uncovering the Hidden Risk Architecture of the Schizophrenias: Confirmation in Three Independent Genome-Wide Association Studies, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Other:

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4:58 PM | The Genetic Roots of Schizophrenia
I have a friend who lost an eye — not in a war zone like you might suspect given my background — but to his brother. Yes, you read that […]

avier Arnedo, M.S.; Dragan M. Svrakic, M.D., Ph.D.; Coral del Val, Ph.D.; Rocío Romero-Zaliz, Ph.D.; Helena Hernández-Cuervo, M.D.; Molecular Genetics of Schizophrenia Consortium; Ayman H. Fanous, M.D.; Michele T. Pato, M.D.; Carlos N. Pato, M.D., Ph.D. (2014). Uncovering the Hidden Risk Architecture of the Schizophrenias: Confirmation in Three Independent Genome-Wide Association Studies, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Other:

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4:58 PM | The Genetic Roots of Schizophrenia
I have a friend who lost an eye — not in a war zone like you might suspect given my background — but to his brother. Yes, you read that […]

avier Arnedo, M.S.; Dragan M. Svrakic, M.D., Ph.D.; Coral del Val, Ph.D.; Rocío Romero-Zaliz, Ph.D.; Helena Hernández-Cuervo, M.D.; Molecular Genetics of Schizophrenia Consortium; Ayman H. Fanous, M.D.; Michele T. Pato, M.D.; Carlos N. Pato, M.D., Ph.D. (2014). Uncovering the Hidden Risk Architecture of the Schizophrenias: Confirmation in Three Independent Genome-Wide Association Studies, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Other:

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3:00 PM | Epigenetics Links Prenatal Immunity and Autism
A mystery about the human brain is how its many regions develop and perform in unison. We are normally so blissfully unaware of our minds’ abilities, aren’t we?!!! Autism spectrum disorders show us how deficits in specific brain skills can cumulate to difficulties in communicating, learning, socializing and sensory perception. Forty six percent of the U.S. increase in ASD diagnoses, are calculated to be based on unknown environmental causes. Immunity challenges during critical […]
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3:00 PM | Epigenetics Links Prenatal Immunity and Autism
A mystery about the human brain is how its many regions develop and perform in unison. We are normally so blissfully unaware of our minds’ abilities, aren’t we?!!! Autism spectrum disorders show us how deficits in specific brain skills can cumulate to difficulties in communicating, learning, socializing and sensory perception. Forty six percent of the U.S. increase in ASD diagnoses, are calculated to be based on unknown environmental causes. Immunity challenges during critical […]

September 14, 2014

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7:04 PM | Popular neuroscience book suggestions
Neuroscience isn’t really my thing, so when my teenage daughter came asking for suggestions of a good popular book on the subject I took to Twitter. Several people kindly made suggestions, while others asked to be notified of the outcome … Continue reading →

September 13, 2014

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8:00 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 12/09/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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