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Scientists watch live brain cell circuits spark and fire : National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

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Scientists used a new protein, called ArcLight, to watch nerve cell electricity in a live fly brain.
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A new way of thinking about how the brain works

Modern neuroscience is based on the discovery of the neuron, but this is only half the story
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Human Cells Make Mice Smarter: Scientific American

Human Cells Make Mice Smarter: Scientific American | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Implanting our larger support cells allowed the rodents' brains to work faster
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Free event: Open Access Futures in the Humanities and Social Sciences - Thurs 24th October, 2013

Free event: Open Access Futures in the Humanities and Social Sciences - Thurs 24th October, 2013 | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
  Open Access Futures in the Humanities and Social Sciences A one day conference for social science researchers presented by SAGE and the LSE In association with the British Academy and Academ...
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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? - Neurorelay

How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? - Neurorelay | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? It is fascinating the way our brains are hardwired to interpret the written words. The infographic below presents some insights about the connection between writing and the brain.
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» Unraveling the Biology of Emotions - Psych Central

» Unraveling the Biology of Emotions - Psych Central | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
There's a lot of discussion about love, happiness and contentment on university campuses, but much of it is coming from academic researchers in their labs, not
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Brain scan can decode whom we're thinking of | Cornell Chronicle

Brain scan can decode whom we're thinking of | Cornell Chronicle | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Study reveals potential role of 'love hormone' oxytocin in brain function

Study reveals potential role of 'love hormone' oxytocin in brain function | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
In a loud, crowded restaurant, having the ability to focus on the people and conversation at your own table is critical. Nerve cells in the brain face similar challenges in separating wanted messages from background chatter.
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Mapping Humans' Mental GPS - Scientist

Mapping Humans' Mental GPS - Scientist | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Mapping Humans' Mental GPS Scientist Contrasting with place cells, which fire action potentials when an animal passes through a specific space, the researchers found that these newly identified neurons fired in a triangular grid pattern, all at...
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Brain activity patterns preserve traces of previous cognitive activity | KurzweilAI

Brain activity patterns preserve traces of previous cognitive activity | KurzweilAI | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The day-after effect of brain activation: The brain image at the back presents spontaneous (resting state) patterns before an fMRI-based neurofeedback training

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The Understanding Of Action May Be Encoded On A Perceptual Level Rather Than On A Cognitive One

We rely on our visual system more heavily than previously thought in determining the causality of events. A team of researchers has shown that, in making judgments about causality, we don't always
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Controlling the brain with light: Where are we at with optogenetics?

Controlling the brain with light: Where are we at with optogenetics? | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Optogenetics has had a blockbuster billing. This remarkable neuroscience tool has been lauded to have the potential to illuminate the inner workings of the brain and allow us to understand and trea...
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Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and emotional memories: an interview with Dr ... - News-Medical.net

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and emotional memories: an interview with Dr ... - News-Medical.net | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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The enhancing effect of emotion is dependent on the part of the brain known as the amygdala, a small region located deep within the middle of the brain.
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Scientists watch live brain cell circuits spark and fire (w/ Video)

Scientists watch live brain cell circuits spark and fire (w/ Video) | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Scientists used fruit flies to show for the first time that a new class of genetically engineered proteins can be used to watch nerve cell electrical activity in live brains.
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How Brains See: Scientific American Video

How Brains See: Scientific American Video | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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A 'rocking' receptor: Crucial brain-signaling molecule requires coordinated motion to turn on

A 'rocking' receptor: Crucial brain-signaling molecule requires coordinated motion to turn on | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Johns Hopkins biophysicists have discovered that full activation of a protein ensemble essential for communication between nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord requires a lot of organized back-and-forth motion of some of the ensemble's segments.
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Brain molecule regulating human emotion, mood uncovered - Science Daily (press release)

Brain molecule regulating human emotion, mood uncovered - Science Daily (press release) | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Brain molecule regulating human emotion, mood uncovered
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Nicknamed the "warrior gene," a variant of the MAOA gene has been associated with increased risk of violent and anti-social behavior.
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» What is Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy? - Psych Central

» What is Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy? - Psych Central | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Functional optical brain imaging is more commonly known as a scientific research technique called functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). This technique
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The brain's GPS: Scientists find neurons linked to navigation in open environments

The brain's GPS: Scientists find neurons linked to navigation in open environments | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Using direct human brain recordings, a research team from Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA and Thomas Jefferson University has identified a new type of cell in the brain that helps people to keep track of their relative...
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Mindfulness meditation IBMT trims craving for tobacco

Mindfulness meditation IBMT trims craving for tobacco | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Addiction to smoking and other substances involves a particular set of brain areas related to self-control, according to numerous research.
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Optogenetics for treating obsessive-compulsive disorders | KurzweilAI

Optogenetics for treating obsessive-compulsive disorders | KurzweilAI | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Obsessive-compulsive mice exhibit a defective grooming response during a conditioning task (credit: Eric Burguière et al./Science) By applying

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By applying optogenetics (light stimulation) to specific neurons in the brain, researchers at INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) have re-established normal behavior in mice with pathological repetitive behavior similar to that observed in human patients suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Repetitive obsessive-compulsive disorders can become a real handicap to daily life (for example, washing hands up to 30 times a day; or checking excessively that a door is locked, etc.). Obsessive-compulsive disorders affect 2 to 3% of the population and in France, it is estimated that over one million persons are affected by this disorder.

The usual treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorders is to use pharmacological treatments (anti-depressants, neuroleptics) and/or behavioral psychotherapy. They don’t work in around one third of patients.

So it is necessary to gain better understanding of the cerebral mechanisms that cause these repetitive behavior patterns in order to provide better treatment.

Previous neuroimaging studies allowed the INSERM scientists to identify dysfunctional neuron circuits located between the front of the brain (the orbitofrontal cortex) and more deep-seated cerebral structures (ganglions at the base on the brain), in certain persons suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorders.

In this new study, Eric Burguière and his co-workers (in the laboratory of Prof. Ann Graybiel in MIT) concentrated their research on this neuron circuit to examine its function in detail and also to develop an approach to treating obsessive-compulsive disorders in a mutant mouse model.


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Scientists surprised by stress effects of 'love hormone'

Experiments from researchers at Northwestern University reveal that oxytosin, the hormone that promotes feelings of love, can also amplify feelings of fear and anxiety.
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Music and the Brain « Chicago Council on Science and Technology

Music and the Brain « Chicago Council on Science and Technology | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Music surrounds us — but why does this art form take such a dominant role in our lives? What happens in our mind when we hear music and how does it effect our emotions? Even with passive listening to music, specific parts of the brain can ...

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