Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
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Covering topics and controversies in Cognitive Neuroscience and Brain Imaging
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Stem cell transplant restores memory and learning in mice

Stem cell transplant restores memory and learning in mice | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
For the first time, human embryonic stem cells have been transformed into nerve cells that helped mice regain the ability to learn and remember.
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Learning disabilities affect up to 10 percent of children

Learning disabilities affect up to 10 percent of children | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
Up to 10 percent of the population are affected by specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and autism, translating to 2 or 3 pupils in every classroom, according to a new review.
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Brain mapping reveals neurological basis of decision-making in rats

Brain mapping reveals neurological basis of decision-making in rats | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it

Scientists at UC San Francisco have discovered how memory recall is linked to decision-making in rats, showing that measurable activity in one part of the brain occurs when rats in a maze are playing out memories that help them decide which way to turn. The more they play out these memories, the more likely they are to find their way correctly to the end of the maze. (...) - by UCSF, ScienceBlog


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How the BRAIN intiative will support national security | KurzweilAI

How the BRAIN intiative will support national security | KurzweilAI | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
(Credit: DARPA) As part of the new BRAIN research initiative, DARPA plans $50 million in 2014 investments to increase understanding of brain function and
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New Technique Seeks to Measure Consciousness: Scientific American

An electromagnetic gadget to measure the level of consciousness
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Researchers peer into fetal brains, map connectivity —

Researchers peer into fetal brains, map connectivity — | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
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MIT Press Journals - Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience - Abstract

MIT Press Journals - Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience - Abstract | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
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Personalized brain mapping technique preserves function following brain tumor surgery

Personalized brain mapping technique preserves function following brain tumor surgery | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
Neurosurgeons can visualize important pathways in the brain using an imaging technique called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), to better adapt brain tumor surgeries and preserve language, visual and motor function while removing cancerous tissue.
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Superiority illusion arises from resting-state brain networks modulated by dopamine

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Sleep Hits the Reset Button for Individual Neurons | Talking back, Scientific American Blog Network

Sleep Hits the Reset Button for Individual Neurons | Talking back, Scientific American Blog Network | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
A little shuteye refreshes.

Right, but what does that really mean?

Not talking here about leaping out of bed ready for a five-mile run upon awakening, but rather ...
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Boyden to share prestigious brain prize | KurzweilAI

Boyden to share prestigious brain prize | KurzweilAI | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
Brain Prize 2013 (credit: Lundbeck Foundation) Ed Boyden, a faculty member in the MIT Media Lab and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, was named a
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Scientists form new nerve cells -- directly in the brain

Scientists form new nerve cells -- directly in the brain | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
The field of cell therapy, which aims to form new cells in the body in order to cure disease, has taken another important step in the development towards new treatments.
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Neuroscience of finding your lost keys

Neuroscience of finding your lost keys | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
Ever find yourself racking your brain on a Monday morning to remember where you put your car keys?
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Inside The Brains Of People Over 80 With Exceptional Memory : NPR

Inside The Brains Of People Over 80 With Exceptional Memory : NPR | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
Research into why some people have strong memory well into old age suggests that their brains are different from their peers.
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PLOS ONE: A Model of Functional Brain Connectivity and Background Noise as a Biomarker for Cognitive Phenotypes: Application to Autism

PLOS ONE: A Model of Functional Brain Connectivity and Background Noise as a Biomarker for Cognitive Phenotypes: Application to Autism | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Major Discovery For Alzheimer\'s Disease

Major Discovery For Alzheimer\'s Disease | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it

The Journal of Neuroscience has published a study led by researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, the first and only U.S. extension of the prestigious Max Planck Society, that may hold a stunning breakthrough in the fight to treat Alzheimer's disease. The study potentially identifies a cause of Alzheimer's disease - based on a newly-discovered signaling pathway in cellular models of Alzheimer's disease - and opens the door for new treatments by successfully blocking this pathway. The Institute, which recently opened in December 2012, focuses solely on basic neuroscience research that aims to analyze, map, and decode the human brain - the most important and least understood organ in the body.(...)

The MPFI research indicates that the presence of Amyloid beta triggers increased levels of a signaling protein, called centaurin-alpha1 (CentA1), that appears to cause neuronal dysfunction - a potentially groundbreaking discovery that uncovers an important intermediary step in the progression of the disease. 
As part of the research, the scientists were able to identify CentA1 and measure its negative effects on neurons. Utilizing an RNA silencing technique, they turned down the cellular production of CentA1, and showed that affected neurons, exposed to Amyloid beta and exhibiting Alzheimer's related symptoms, returned to normal morphology and synaptic function, even with the continued presence of Amyloid beta. They further found that increased CentA1 activates a series of proteins, and these proteins form a signaling pathway from CentA1 to neuronal dysfunction. Thus, inhibiting other proteins in the pathway also "cured" affected neurons. (...) - Medical News Today, 21 March, 2013


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CLARITY gives a clear view of the brain

CLARITY gives a clear view of the brain | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
Mo Costandi: A simple new method makes biological tissues transparent, so that they can be examined without having to be cut into slices
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Frontiers | Non-local mind from the perspective of social cognition | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Frontiers | Non-local mind from the perspective of social cognition | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
Two main conceptual approaches have been employed to study the mechanisms of social cognition, whether one considers isolated or interacting minds.
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Obama seeks $100M to unlock mysteries of the brain

Obama seeks $100M to unlock mysteries of the brain | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a $100 million initiative to unlock the "enormous mystery" of the human brain.
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New Scientist TV: Flashing brain video reveals fish mind in action

New Scientist TV: Flashing brain video reveals fish mind in action | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
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Brain Scans Can Predict Criminal Behavior

Brain Scans Can Predict Criminal Behavior | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists have used brain scans to predict whether men being released from prison are likely to engage in criminal behavior in the future.
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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, March 29, 2013 3:51 PM

Interesting research. Misleading headline.

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Trends in Pharmacological Sciences - From antipsychotic to anti-schizophrenia drugs: role of animal models

Trends in Pharmacological Sciences - From antipsychotic to anti-schizophrenia drugs: role of animal models | Brain Imaging and Neuroscience: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly | Scoop.it

[Abstract] Current drugs for treating schizophrenia are mostly variations on a theme that was started over 50 years ago. Sadly, clinical efficacy has not improved substantially over the years. We argue that both clinical and preclinical researchers have focused too much on psychosis, which is only one of the hallmarks of schizophrenia. This narrow focus has hampered the development of relevant animal models and human experimental medicine paradigms. Other fields in psychiatry, most notably in the realms of addiction and anxiety, have prospered from results obtained in parallel studies using animal models and experimental human studies. Lessons to be learned from those models and recent genetic and cognitive insights in schizophrenia can be utilized to develop better animal and human models and, potentially, novel treatment strategies. - by Geyer MA et al., Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, Volume 33, Issue 10, 515-521, 17 July 2012


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Keely Contadeluci's curator insight, April 2, 2013 10:06 AM

Good for IB Bio LOA principles and ethics.

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Structural foundations of resting-state and task-based functional connectivity in the human brain

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Researchers scoring a win-win with novel set of concussion diagnostic tools

Scientists have developed a tablet-based testing system that captures the voice of an individual and analyzes the speech for signs of a potential concussion anytime, anywhere, in real-time.
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Wow! Mild TBI detected in speech patterns.  This really is incredible if it is reliable.

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