Latest Cerebral cortex Stories
The power of the brain lies in its trillions of intercellular connections, called synapses that together form complex neural "networks."
According to a new study, the connection between the thalamus – a deep brain structure critical to sensory and motor functions – and the brain’s outer layer known as the cerebral cortex is impaired in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Researchers in Germany and Canada have created a spectacular 3-D digital reconstruction of a complete human brain that reveals unprecedented detail.
Blood vessels within a sensory area of the mammalian brain loop and connect in unexpected ways, a new map has revealed.
Sand-dwelling and rock-dwelling cichlids living in East Africa's Lake Malawi share a nearly identical genome, but have very different personalities. The territorial rock-dwellers live in communities where social interactions are important, while the sand-dwellers are itinerant and less aggressive.
New findings clarify where and how the brain's "slow waves" originate. These rhythmic signal pulses, which sweep through the brain during deep sleep at the rate of about one cycle per second, are assumed to play a role in processes such as consolidation of memory.
A new study has linked chronic migraines to brain abnormalities in the brain's outer cortex in the individual experiencing them. These abnormalities can exist from before birth or can be the result of later developmental issues.
A region of the brain known to play a key role in visual and spatial processing has a parallel function: sorting visual information into categories.
More than 100 years ago, scientists discovered a mechanism that provides feedback from our nose to our brain.
Formation and Orientation The development of the brain is broken down into stages. The basic evolution begins in the third week of the embryonic process where the neural plate is formed. By week four, the neural plate has developed into the neural tube. The anterior part of the tube, the telencephalon, grows rapidly as it prepares to later give way to the brain. As time goes on, cells begin to classify themselves as either neurons or glial cells, thus determining their functions. Glial...
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