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Mapping the Brain

The cerebrum, the largest part of the human brain, is associated with higher order functioning, including the control of voluntary behavior. Thinking, perceiving, planning, and understanding language...

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Brain, Behavior, and Environmental Change

According to environmental scientists, the climate is changing due to the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. Research shows environmental change can affect the brain and behavior.

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Autism

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by impaired social skills; verbal and nonverbal communication difficulties; and narrow, obsessive interests or repetitive behaviors.

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Searching for Answers: Parkinson's Disease

In this video, doctors, researchers, and patients explain the causes and effects of Parkinson's disease.

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Marijuana Blows Your Mind

How does marijuana affect the brain? Travel to Amsterdam with this video and learn how THC affects brain function, impacting both short-term memory and motor control.

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Discoveries

Why Animals Are Vital to Brain Research

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Research using ferrets is providing a window into brain development that could lead to insights into conditions from autism to brain injury. 

Does practice make perfect?

Source: Society for Neuroscience
While experts debate the type and length of practice that is optimal for success, one thing is clear: training improves performance and changes the brain.

Image of the Week: Mapping Your Next Meal

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Scientists study fruit bats to figure out how our brains create mental maps.

Mapping Your Every Move

Source: Dana Foundation
The most advanced surveillance system you will ever find is built into your own brain and nurtured by evolution.

Image of the Week: The Roots of Epilepsy

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Trespassing dendrites may be key to the development of epilepsy.

Colm Kelleher: How We See Color

Source: TED
Colm Kelleher explains how humans can see everything from auburn to aquamarine.

Recent Neuroscience in the News

Brain Mapping

Source: MIT Technology Review
Date: 23 April 2014
A new map, a decade in the works, shows structures of the brain in far greater detail than ever before, providing neuroscientists with a guide to its immense complexity.

Magnifying the Body May Reduce Pain

Source: Inside Science
Date: 22 April 2014
In healthy people, seeing an enlarged hand lessened the subjective experience of pain.

Monkeys Can Do Math

Source: Science News
Date: 21 April 2014
Rhesus macaques can do simple addition of symbols, revealing how numbers are processed in the mammalian brain. 

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