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Today's New York Times has a nice video showing how stimulating a small set of neurons in the amygdala can turn off a rat's motivation to eat. The stimulation relies on a newly discovered technology called 'optogenetics'.
During development, cells in the retina converge to form the nerve that will transmit visual information to the brain.
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Special cells in the inner ear turn vibrations in the air into what we perceive as sound.
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Scientists are studying the brains of tadpoles to understand how neural circuits develop and absorb information from the surrounding environment.
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A protein in neurons enables helps flies learn about their environments and survive in the wild.
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Through neural connections, called synapses, the brain can process and store enormous amounts of information.
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How do we compare to other animals in terms of braininess, and why are researchers still looking for the best brain test?
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Serpents are a storehouse of fascinating neuroscience.
Neuroscientists have long understood that the cerebellum is important for controlling bodily movements, by making them more fluid and coordinated, but researchers have also long appreciated that cerebellum does much more.
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Having a bigger brain does not guarantee more cognitive power.
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Melina Hale explains how her research on zebrafish is helping to advance brain research.
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Studying the nerve cells that alert fruit flies to danger may one day help scientists better understand diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and autism.
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