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2011-03-21 13:10:52

You may remember the color of your loved one's eyes for years. But how? Scientists believe that long-term potentiation (LTP) "“ the long-lasting increase of signals across a connection between brain cells -- underlies our ability to remember over time and to learn, but how that happens is a central question in neuroscience. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found a cascade of signaling molecules that allows a usually very brief signal to last for tens of minutes,...

2010-10-19 09:34:00

ZURICH, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jacobs Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Europe in the field of youth development in terms of resources and financial commitments, today announced Professors Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi as the recipients of the second annual Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize of one million USD for their trailblazing discoveries of how specific genes, along with environmental factors, are predictors of how childhood stress will impact individuals in...

2010-08-09 17:45:44

UCLA researchers identify brain pathways linking social stress and inflammation Everyone experiences social stress, whether it is nervousness over a job interview, difficulty meeting people at parties, or angst over giving a speech. In a new report, UCLA researchers have discovered that how your brain responds to social stressors can influence the body's immune system in ways that may negatively affect health. Lead author George Slavich, a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Cousins Center for...

2010-07-28 13:02:50

You hear it all the time in museums and art galleries: "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like." As a corollary, neuroscience researchers at Baylor College of Medicine add that money, even if only tangentially related, can influence that opinion. On a more global platform, value judgments of this sort can be altered by such influences or favors, said Dr. P. Read Montague, professor of neuroscience at BCM and the senior author of a report evaluating the effect of a payment on art...

2010-06-29 07:59:17

TAU's brain-to-computer chip revolutionizes neurological therapy By stimulating certain areas of the brain, scientists can alleviate the effects of disorders such as depression or Parkinson's disease. That's the good news. But because controlling that stimulation currently lacks precision, over-stimulation is a serious concern "” losing some of its therapeutic benefits for the patient over time. Now a Tel Aviv University team, part of a European consortium, is delving deep into human...

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2010-05-17 07:09:09

Targeting gene regulator in brain reward circuit eyed as treatment Scientists have discovered a mechanism that helps to explain resilience to stress, vulnerability to depression and how antidepressants work. The new findings, in the reward circuit of mouse and human brains, have spurred a high tech dragnet for compounds that boost the action of a key gene regulator there, called deltaFosB. A molecular main power switch "“ called a transcription factor "“ inside neurons, deltaFosB...

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2010-02-24 15:59:52

Researchers develop novel strategy to probe 'genetic haystack' In ongoing work to identify how genes interact with social environments to impact human health, UCLA researchers have discovered what they describe as a biochemical link between misery and death. In addition, they found a specific genetic variation in some individuals that seems to disconnect that link, rendering them more biologically resilient in the face of adversity. Perhaps most important to science in the long term,...

2010-01-14 20:27:32

Mice and humans with same human gene abnormality behave similarly according to study in journal Science Studying animals in behavioral experiments has been a cornerstone of psychological research, but whether the observations are relevant for human behavior has been unclear. Weill Cornell Medical College researchers have identified an alteration to the DNA of a gene that imparts similar anxiety-related behavior in both humans and mice, demonstrating that laboratory animals can be accurately...

2009-09-10 07:00:45

New research with mice has provided some fascinating insight into how addictive drugs hijack reward signals and influence neural processes associated with learning and memory. The research, published by Cell Press in the September 10th issue of the journal Neuron, helps to explain why and how drug-associated memories, such as the place of drug use, drive and perpetuate the addiction. The neurochemical dopamine, a key player in the brain's reward system, is known to be involved in the process...

2009-08-26 14:04:13

U.S. researchers say they've found short- and long-term memories in the fruit fly come from one gene activating different groups of neurons. Researchers at Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory and Stony Brook University say their discovery challenges the theory that short- and long-term memories result from changes in the same group of neurons. They found distinct groups of neurons are simultaneously activated when fruit flies learn a task. Rapid, short-lived activation in one group of neurons,...


Latest Behavioral neuroscience Reference Libraries

Biological Psychiatry
2012-06-04 19:30:28

Biological Psychiatry is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1969 and published twice monthly (1st and 15th) by Elsevier since 1985. It is the official journal of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. The journal also publishes an annual supplement which contains the abstracts from the annual meeting of the Society. The founding editor-in-chief was Joseph Wortis, who edited the journal from 1969 to 1992. As of May 2012, the editor-in-chief is John H. Krystal (Chair of the...

Genes, Brain and Behavior
2012-04-29 19:42:56

Genes, Brain and Behavior (G2B) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 2002. It is published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society. It was published on a quarterly basis during its first year in publication. In 2003, the journal switched to bimonthly publications, and then in 2006 it switched to an 8-issue-per-year schedule. Content from G2B is available online from the Wiley Online Library or, from EBSCOhost after 12 months....

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