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Scientists now have a better understanding of how precise memories are formed thanks to research led by Prof. Jean-Claude Lacaille of the University of Montreal's Department of Physiology.
Researchers at the Institute of Neurosciences at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (INc-UAB) identified the fundamental role played by the Nurr1 gene in neuron survival associated with synaptic activity.
There are a number of drugs and experimental conditions that can block cognitive function and impair learning and memory.
Neuroimaging has provided fascinating insight into the dynamic nature of human brain maturation.
Although many mental illnesses are uniquely human, animals sometimes exhibit abnormal behaviors similar to those seen in humans with psychological disorders.
The brain learns through changes in the strength of its synapses -- the connections between neurons -- in response to stimuli.
It is well established that environmental enrichment, providing animals with rich sensory, motor, and social stimulation, produces both dramatic increases in the number of synapses in the brain and enhanced learning.
The human brain loses 5 to 10% of its weight between the ages of 20 and 90 years old.
The early stages of Alzheimer's disease are thought to occur at the synapse, since synapse loss is associated with memory dysfunction.
Growth factors. They are the proteins that trigger a countless number of actions in cells.
- Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
- A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).