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An automated training paradigm reveals long-term memory in planaria and its persistence through head regeneration

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It may be counterintuitive, but after cutting of your head and regrowing it, you might remember where your keys are

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Genetics, epigenetics, and the mind-body connection

Genetics, epigenetics, and the mind-body connection | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
If you think you have to play the genetic hand that life has dealt you, think again.
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So the way we think, the biochemisty of our minds, affects the biochemistry of our cells.  Next we'll find that what the people around us think also affects the health of our cells.

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Researchers tie traumatic brain injury to toxic form of protein

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers have uncovered what may be a key molecular mechanism behind the lasting damage done by traumatic brain injury.
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More connections on TBI and neurodegeneration maybe a common pathway.

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Frontiers | tDCS stimulation segregates words in the brain: evidence from aphasia | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Frontiers | tDCS stimulation segregates words in the brain: evidence from aphasia | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
Frontiers | tDCS stimulation segregates words in the brain: evidence from aphasia | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience publishes articles on the most outstanding discoveries across the research spectrum of Frontiers | tDCS stimulation segregates...
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More good news for the nin-invasive brain stimulation cats.  NIBS, for short.

 

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Clouds in the head: New model of brain's thought processes

Clouds in the head: New model of brain's thought processes | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
A new model of the brain's thought processes explains the apparently chaotic activity patterns of individual neurons. They do not correspond to a simple stimulus/response linkage, but arise from the networking of different neural circuits.
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Out of sync: Body clocks altered at cell level in depression

Out of sync: Body clocks altered at cell level in depression | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
Every cell in our bodies runs on a 24-hour clock, tuned to the night-day, light-dark cycles that have ruled us since the dawn of humanity.
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The significance of our body clocks in health is rivaled only by the magnitude to which said clock is ignored in medicine.

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FENNO: Living CTE diagnosis would be game-changer in head injury studies

FENNO: Living CTE diagnosis would be game-changer in head injury studies | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
The brain-shredding neurodegenerative disease took root in Junior Seau’s brain before he shot himself in 2012. Same with Ray Easterling, who also took his own life last year. Dave Duerson pulled the trigger in 2011.
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Hmmm.  Maybe for researchers.  But not for patients, who'd have a progressive, fatal neurological disorder and no hope.  That's why I'm always on the treatment side of technology development.  The other side is too bleak.

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UIL Concussion Insurance Pilot Program Approved By Texas House - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

UIL Concussion Insurance Pilot Program Approved By Texas House - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
The Texas House has approved a public school pilot program allowing parents to purchase supplemental concussion insurance for boys who play football and girls who play soccer.
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Okay.  Concussion insurance for late emerging symptoms?  Ah, maybe we ought to think that through a little better.  Oh, we can't due to the concussions...

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Invisible wounds of war

Invisible wounds of war | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of servicemen and women are dealing with lasting brain damage as the Pentagon scrambles to treat these invisible wounds. David Martin reports.
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Not usually a 60 minutes cat.  But I am a big fan of developing treatments for TBI.

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Mathematicians help to unlock brain function

Mathematicians help to unlock brain function | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
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Slowly getting the right tools for the job, as it is all about connections.

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Psychopaths are not neurally equipped to have concern for others

Psychopaths are not neurally equipped to have concern for others | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
Prisoners who are psychopaths lack the basic neurophysiological "hardwiring" that enables them to care for others, according to a new study.
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Time to rewatch A Clockwork Orange to remember how to do the rewiring.

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PTSD research: Distinct gene activity patterns from childhood abuse

PTSD research: Distinct gene activity patterns from childhood abuse | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
A study of adult civilians with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) has shown that individuals with a history of childhood abuse have distinct, profound changes in gene activity patterns, compared to adults with PTSD but without a history of...
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How our experiences shape our minds.  Literally.

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In Brawl For Seau Brain, a Proxy War Over Concussion Science – Concussion Watch - FRONTLINE

In Brawl For Seau Brain, a Proxy War Over Concussion Science – Concussion Watch - FRONTLINE | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
The NFL’s intervention in the fate of Junior Seau’s brain — the most prized specimen yet in the race to document the relationship between football and brain damage — was part of an aggressive strategy to dictate who leads the science of concussions.
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Great but sad story about a brain, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and the the politics of science.  We'll keep working on therapies, so by the time all these cats figure out how to diagnose it, we'll have  a treatment ready

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Exercise reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress

Exercise reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
Physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function.
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Exercise your way to more brain.

 

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MRI study: Breastfeeding boosts babies' brain growth

MRI study: Breastfeeding boosts babies' brain growth | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
A study using brain images from "quiet" MRI machines adds to the growing body of evidence that breastfeeding improves brain development in infants.
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Naturally....

 

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Depressed brains are less 'plastic' › News in Science (ABC Science)

Depressed brains are less 'plastic' › News in Science (ABC Science) | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
The brains of people with depression show a reduced ability to adapt to their environment, a unique study shows.
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Altered neuroplasticity in depressed folks.  Or is it depression in folks with altered neuroplasticity?  Psychology the former, neuroscience the later.

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FOC.US - transcranial direct current stimulation for gamers

FOC.US - transcranial direct current stimulation for gamers | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
foc.us is transcranial direct current stimulation for extreme gamers
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Gamers way out in front of science, as usual.  Looks like I'll have to follow gaming forums to start collecting epidemiological data.

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'Good vibrations:' Brain ultrasound improves mood

'Good vibrations:' Brain ultrasound improves mood | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques aimed at mental and neurological conditions include transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for depression, and transcranial direct current (electrical) stimulation (tDCS), have been shown to improve memory.
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Shaking your brain for the better.  At least in the short term...

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Nerve stimulation for severe depression changes brain function

Nerve stimulation for severe depression changes brain function | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
For nearly a decade, doctors have used implanted electronic stimulators to treat severe depression in people who don't respond to standard antidepressant treatments.
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It's all about neuroplasticity...Depression is in your brain, not your mind...

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How individuality develops: Experience leads to growth of new brain cells

How individuality develops: Experience leads to growth of new brain cells | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
How do organisms evolve into individuals that are distinguished from others by their own personal brain structure and behavior? Scientists have now taken a decisive step towards clarifying this question.
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Sensitivity to initial conditions means no two complex systems, however 'identical' will turn out the same.  Applies to weather as well as personality.

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MMA Races to Learn About Brain Injuries

MMA Races to Learn About Brain Injuries | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
You know nothing about brain injuries in MMA . Then again, you probably know everything. That, in a nutshell, is the state of play for the UFC and every mixed martial arts promotion, fighter, researcher and fan...
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We thought about using MMA folks as subjects in a concussion study, since they 'schedule' their consussion a couple of times a year.

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PLOS Computational Biology: Lifespan Differences in Hematopoietic Stem Cells are Due to Imperfect Repair and Unstable Mean-Reversion

PLOS Computational Biology: Lifespan Differences in Hematopoietic Stem Cells are Due to Imperfect Repair and Unstable Mean-Reversion | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
PLOS Computational Biology is an open-access
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Maintenance makes all the difference.

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Want to slow mental decay? Play a video game

Want to slow mental decay? Play a video game | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
A new study shows that older people can put off the aging of their minds by playing a simple game that primes their processing speed skills.
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Some folks waste their time on video games.  Others let their brain deteriorate.  You choose.

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Hypothalamus: Brain region may hold key to aging

Hypothalamus: Brain region may hold key to aging | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
While the search continues for the Fountain of Youth, researchers may have found the body's "fountain of aging": the brain region known as the hypothalamus.
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Aging may be at least partly in your head....

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How brain's auditory center transmits information for decisions, actions

How brain's auditory center transmits information for decisions, actions | Neuorplasticiy | Scoop.it
When a pedestrian hears the screech of a car's brakes, she has to decide whether, and if so, how, to move in response. Is the action taking place blocks away, or 20 feet to the left?
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From sound to decision, with a little mediation from between the ears...

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