• In Alzheimer’s Disease, Faulty Tau Spreads Rapidly But Is Not Toxic at First

    In Alzheimer’s Disease, Faulty Tau Spreads Rapidly But Is Not Toxic at First0

    The accumulation of misfolded tau proteins in the brain is one hallmark of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Researchers at the University of Southampton, UK, have found that these proteins spontaneously form aggregates that spread from neuron to neuron but do not lead to immediate toxicity. Tau proteins are abundant in the central nervous system and have

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  • Cocaine Abstinence Changes Gene Expression in the Brain

    Cocaine Abstinence Changes Gene Expression in the Brain0

    Prolonged cocaine use affects the expression of genes and proteins in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), a region of the brain involved in many reward-related behaviours such as drug use. The findings were published on October 9 in the open-access journal Science Advances. The researchers from the State University of New York at Buffalo trained adult

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  • Paper or Audio? It’s All the Same to your Brain. End of Story

    Paper or Audio? It’s All the Same to your Brain. End of Story0

    The brain processes words in a similar manner, whether you are reading a book or listening to an audiobook. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, drew an interactive map of the human brain that shows which regions are activated in response to a story. The participants of the study were asked to listen to

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  • A Repressor Protein Produces a Neuron

    A Repressor Protein Produces a Neuron0

    Neurons come into being when their progenitor cells ignore proliferative signals during brain development. A new study published today in Neuron journal describes, for the first time, the mechanisms responsible for turning the neuronal progenitor cells “deaf” to renewal triggers. New neurons, the fundamental units of the nervous system, are formed through neurogenesis, a process

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  • How Reading Books Changes Your Body

    How Reading Books Changes Your Body0

    Reading stories increases brain connectivity Most people have read at least one story that changed their way of thinking. Researchers at Emory University have found that the impressions a book cause on us can have long-term effects on our biology. After reading parts of a novel, the participants of the study showed a significant increase

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  • Re-Learning Math with the Human Calculator

    Re-Learning Math with the Human Calculator0

    The way you learnt math was the worst method possible…?!

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