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2012-03-28 23:04:18

Belkasoft develops a software toolkit, adapting commercially available brain activity analysis hardware for solving criminal cases. The new product, Belkasoft Mind Analyzer, enables the acquisition of human faces by capturing fMRI data generated by human brain cells. A dedicated facial recognition engine allows reliable identification of acquired faces against a pre-filled database, while the optional Identikit module allows building convincing facial composites. The tool runs in conjunction...

2012-03-26 23:28:00

Specialized training of complex motor skills may induce sports-specific structural changes in the human brain A new study, using brain imaging technology, reveals structural adaptations in short-track speed skaters' brains which are likely to explain their extraordinary balance and co-ordination skills. The work by Im Joo Rhyu from the Korea University College of Medicine, and colleagues, is published online in Springer's journal Cerebellum. The cerebellum in the brain plays an...

2012-03-26 09:39:32

Neural networks of the brain can easily influence each other One cup or two faces? What we believe we see in one of the most famous optical illusions changes in a split second; and so does the path that the information takes in the brain. In a new theoretical study, scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, the Bernstein Center Göttingen and the German Primate Center now show how this is possible without changing the cellular links of the...

2012-03-23 09:47:04

The work advances understanding of how memories form and offers new insight into disorders such as schizophrenia and post traumatic stress disorder Scripps Research Institute scientists and their colleagues have successfully harnessed neurons in mouse brains, allowing them to at least partially control a specific memory. Though just an initial step, the researchers hope such work will eventually lead to better understanding of how memories form in the brain, and possibly even to ways to...

2012-03-22 09:38:59

Amateurs have a new tool for conducting simple neuroscience experiments in their own garage: the SpikerBox. As reported in the Mar. 21 issue of the open access journal PLoS ONE, the SpikerBox lets users amplify and listen to neurons' electrical activity — like those in a cockroach leg or cricket torso — and is appropriate for use in middle or high school educational programs, or by amateurs. The work was a project from Backyard Brains, a start-up company focused on developing...

Allen Donates $300 Million To 'Brain Observatory'
2012-03-22 05:11:16

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has donated $300 million in order to create a center that will study the brain and learn more about exactly how the human mind works, the Allen Institute for Brain Science announced Wednesday. The latest donation brings the amount of money that the 59-year-old businessman, investor and philanthropist has invested in the institute which was named in his honor to $500 million, Forbes staff writer Matthew Herper said. According to Herper and the Wall Street...

2012-03-21 15:19:55

What characterizes many people with depression, schizophrenia and some other mental illnesses is anhedonia: an inability to gain pleasure from normally pleasurable experiences. Exactly why this happens is unclear. But new research led by neuroscientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine may have literally shined a light on the answer, one that could lead to the discovery of new mental health therapies. A report of the study appears March 22 in the...

2012-03-21 14:04:30

Researchers identify the novel expression of an ion channel in neurons of the brain Research at the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) has demonstrated the novel expression of an ion channel in Purkinje cells — specialized neurons in the cerebellum, the area of the brain responsible for movement. Ray W. Turner, PhD, Professor in the Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy and PhD student Jordan Engbers and colleagues published this finding in the January edition...


Latest Neuroanatomy Reference Libraries

Midbrain
2013-07-25 15:13:23

The midbrain, also known as the mesencephalon is the part of the brain most responsible for vision, motor control, arousal, temperature regulation, alertness and hearing. Formation and Orientation The midbrain is found under the cerebral cortex and above the hindbrain. The mesencephalon is not divided into any other portions of the brain unlike the other two vesicles that stem from the neural tube. There are four separate lobes on the side of the cerebral aqueduct within the...

Brain
2013-03-05 13:54:00

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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