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Synap Into Place: Revealing the mechanism of vesicle pooling at the synapse

Synap Into Place: Revealing the mechanism of vesicle pooling at the synapse

There’s an old saying that “a common man marvels at uncommon things, while a wise man marvels at the commonplace.” For both the common and the wise man, nothing is more commonplace nor more worthy of marvel than one’s own

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Q&A: How do Seizures Start?

Q&A: How do Seizures Start?

The nervous system relies on two opposing forces to function: excitatory signals, which increase the likelihood that nearby neurons will fire, and inhibitory signals, which dampen activity by decreasing that likelihood. Until recently, seizures were thought to begin with an

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Secrets of the Hippocampus: How Your Brain Uses Existing Patterns to Make New Memories

Secrets of the Hippocampus: How Your Brain Uses Existing Patterns to Make New Memories

Making memories is no easy task. It requires the collective effort of many different mechanisms in many different areas of the brain, some known and others a mystery. Researchers from the Dragoi Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at the

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Wiring of Psychopathic Brains: Neural networks hold clues to psychopathy

Wiring of Psychopathic Brains: Neural networks hold clues to psychopathy

Psychopathy is a relatively uncommon mental disorder, yet its socioeconomic burden on society can be extremely damaging. Psychopaths lack full emotional awareness and decision-making skills of non-psychopathic individuals, making them more likely to deceive others, make rash decisions, and ultimately

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Title: Fighting Addiction One Pill at a Time

Title: Fighting Addiction One Pill at a Time

A new compound that effectively blocks dopamine can help tackle addiction In America today, almost one in two adults knows a relative or close friend who has suffered from drug addiction. Whether a brother, daughter, uncle or colleague, 46 percent

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Know Too Much?

Know Too Much?

The Downside of Genetic Testing for Depression Picture yourself as a participant in a study: you receive a kit containing mouthwash and a color-changing strip of paper. Sleek text on the professional label reads “Saliva Self-Testing Kit for 5-Hydroxylindoleacetic Acid.”

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Divergence

Divergence

The Molecular and Cellular Basis of the Human Brain Evolution Millions of years have passed since humans parted ways with our closest nonhuman primates on the evolutionary pathway. During this time, humans have developed languages and writing skills, harnessed fire

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Neurons that Drive and Quench Thirst: Identifying the neural mechanisms that regulate water consumption

Neurons that Drive and Quench Thirst: Identifying the neural mechanisms that regulate water consumption

Until now, thirst was known as a primordial drive that was poorly-understood on the neural level. Researchers at Stanford have identified a mechanism through which a small group of neurons motivate thirst-related behavior.

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Timing Your Thoughts

Timing Your Thoughts

A study published in PNAS in August 2017 showed how the mistiming of someone’s thoughts may be linked to a person’s tendency to hold delusional thoughts.

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A Better Alzheimer’s Drug: New drug restores memory in mice with fewer side effects

A Better Alzheimer’s Drug: New drug restores memory in mice with fewer side effects

Yale researchers repair memory deficits in Alzheimer’s mice using a drug that targets abnormal protein interactions in the brain

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