Here are some stories recently posted on www.dana.org:
Two-photon microscopy allows scientists to peer farther into the brain than ever before. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D., describes the advances that led to this remarkable breakthrough—one that is helping scientists better understand neural networks. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.
By sharing information and combining data on psychiatric disorders, “we’re starting to nail down some real findings—reliable genetic associations that are meaningful, consistent, and measurable,” says one researcher.
After crossing the placenta, the virus appears to kill the radial glia, the ‘founder’ stem cells that generate all cell types in the cortex.
Researchers share progress on the effects of altering synaptic connections in the brain at a symposium at the New York Academy of Sciences.
David Casarett’s Stoned gives patients and caregivers a balanced, insightful view of medical marijuana in an entertaining, straight-talking way, says Bradley E. Alger in his review for Cerebrum.
Studies asking musicians to improvise while having their brains scanned suggest that extended practice in being creative leads to less activity in some control-related brain regions and stronger network connections.
“Once again, the Cerebrum anthology provides a very interesting and provocative collection of articles illustrating the diversity of modern neuroscience research and its broad implications for the human condition,” says Alan Leshner, CEO emeritus of AAAS. Get your copy today!
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