The nervous system is built on a tight schedule. Scientists investigated this neurological clock in zebrafish, bringing us closer to a complete picture of brain development.
Through months of a squirrel’s cold slumber, neurons generate their own heat to keep functioning. Our cover story explains this feat of the nervous system and explores what it might mean for humans.
Uplifting animals, or endowing animals with near-human intelligence, is a concept that has been explored by science fiction writers and movie producers. But real world scientists are interested, too. New research suggests that genetic and neurological modifications could enhance animals’ intelligence.
A search to answer the question “why can’t we tickle ourselves?” leads to a surprising insight into the human brain.
Professor Christopher Pittenger has revealed that interneurons are implicated in the development of Tourette’s Syndrome, a debilitating condition that causes uncontrollable tics in patients.
Sleep has previously been shown to consolidate memory and learning. Researchers have observed the same phenomenon in honey bees, and the necessity for sleep is especially apparent in social creatures.
Bisphenol A, or BPA, is in almost every part of our modern world, but we know relatively little about the effects that this chemical has on our cognitive functions. Recent findings from a team led by Dr. John Elsworth suggest that BPA may affect our working memory
Movies have the ability to synchronize activity in viewers’ brains, especially when the film contains many cinematic effects.
Many people wish they had the memory of fictional detective Cam Jansen, who can remember scenes so vividly and so accurately, it is as if she is looking at a photograph. As amazing as this ability is in helping Cam Jansen solve mysteries, evidence suggests that it is not possible in real life.
A better understanding of neural interaction with fat tissue can lead to more targeted treatments for obesity.