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Gotta recognize ‘em all! Using Pokémon to understand brain development

Despite the differences that distinguish humans from one another, our brains are astonishingly similar to one another. Why are brains organized so identically to one another? This resemblance is especially striking in a region called the "temporal lobe". In this part of the brain, there... click to read more

  • Jesse Gomez | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Neurosciences Program, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA; Psychology Department, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
Views 262
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 19, 2019
Visualizing the effects of sleep on neurons’ maintenance

Why do we spend a third time of our lives sleeping? Why do all animals with a nervous system sleep? And how can we define sleep in all species? From jellyfish to mice to humans, all animals sleep despite the risk of predation and survival.... click to read more

  • David Zada | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Faculty of Life Sciences and The Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Lior Appelbaum | Professor at The Faculty of Life Sciences and The Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
Views 430
Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 11, 2019
The turbulent brain

The human brain supports a rich repertoire of complex dynamics. This wide diversity of activity patterns underpins all our thoughts and behaviors. We also need some degree of flexibility so that our brains do not get stuck in one pattern for too long, but rather... click to read more

  • James Roberts | Group Leader at Brain Modelling Group, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia
Views 331
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 9, 2019
AutonoMouse: A platform for automating mouse behavioral studies

Behavioral studies are a crucial tool in understanding brain function, allowing experimenters to link the architecture and activity patterns of neural circuits to perception. In the most popular mammalian experimental model - the mouse - a wide array of behavioral techniques have been developed over... click to read more

  • Andrew Erskine | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Francis Crick Institute, Neurophysiology of behavior laboratory, London, UK
Views 355
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 30, 2019
Could new synapses lift spirits?

In her memoir The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery, author Mary Cregan reflects on a conversation with a psychiatrist, hours after an attempt on her own life: "Thinking of myself in this interview brings to mind an image: a miner, at the... click to read more

  • Puja Parekh | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Brain and Mind Research Institute and Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine New York, NY, USA
  • Mitchell Murdock | PhD student at Brain and Mind Research Institute and Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine New York, NY, USA
  • Conor Liston | Professor at Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
Views 816
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 25, 2019