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Dendrites In Brain Act As Mini-Neural Computers
2013-10-28 10:46:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Initially thought of as a simple means of sending signals in the brain, new research, published on Sunday in the journal Nature, has revealed that the dendrite sections of neurons are capable of processing information. "Suddenly, it's as if the processing power of the brain is much greater than we had originally thought," said study author Spencer Smith, an assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine. "Imagine you're reverse...

2013-10-24 23:32:21

One of the most advanced, non-invasive, researched and non-drug treatments for people living with chronic and treatment resistant depression is now in Austin, Texas. Texas TMS Center patients now have an opportunity to receive one of the most promising treatments for depression that is FDA-cleared, Brainsway® Deep TMS Therapy. Austin, Texas (PRWEB) October 24, 2013 Texas TMS Center, Austin, Texas, is proud to be one of the first in the United States to offer the breakthrough...

2013-10-24 12:28:43

Population-level studies have indicated that insufficient sleep increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. These diseases are known to be linked to inflammatory responses in the body. University of Helsinki researchers have now shown what kinds of biological mechanisms related to sleep loss affect the immune system and trigger an inflammatory response. They identified the genes which are most susceptible to sleep deprivation and examined whether these genes are...

2013-10-23 10:19:04

New research by scientists at UC San Francisco shows that one of the brain's fundamental self-protection mechanisms depends on coordinated, finely calibrated teamwork among neurons and non-neural cells knows as glial cells, which until fairly recently were thought to be mere support cells for neurons. The study, which has implications for understanding neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, and other nervous system disorders, adds to a growing body of evidence that glial cells are integral to...

Humans And Rodents Process Their Mistakes
2013-10-21 06:55:57

Brown University Study finds parallels in neural processing of 'adaptive control' People and rats may think alike when they've made a mistake and are trying to adjust their thinking. That's the conclusion of a study published online Oct. 20 in Nature Neuroscience that tracked specific similarities in how human and rodent subjects adapted to errors as they performed a simple time estimation task. When members of either species made a mistake in the trials, electrode recordings showed...

Proper Sleep Is Critical To Healthy Lifestyle
2013-10-16 04:19:10

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to three new studies reported in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, It is critical that adults with a sleep illness seek medical attention and try to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The first study examined 2,240 adults to understand the link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and mortality in Asians. The study findings show that people with severe OSA had a 2.5 times...

Birth Prepares The Brain For Sensing The World
2013-10-15 04:49:33

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Precise, well-characterized maps crucial for translating perception into understanding are built in the brain by neurons that process sensory information such as touch and vision. A new study from Kanazawa University of Japan reveals that the brain chemical serotonin is reduced in newborn mice during the act of birth. This reduction triggers sensory maps to form in the brain. The findings, published in the journal Developmental Cell,...

Brain Waves May Tell How Much We Would Pay For A Cup Of Coffee
2013-10-11 15:44:25

[ Watch the Video: Coffee Prices And Brain Scans ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A German neurobiologist says that Starbucks isn't charging enough for your double tall, two-pump caramel white chocolate mocha. Kai-Markus Müller is developing a new way to test prices by measuring brain waves, and he believes that Starbucks maybe missing out on some premium pricing. "Everyone thinks that they've truly figured out how to sell a relatively inexpensive product for...

Scientist Describes New Theory Of Synapse Formation In The Brain
2013-10-11 11:57:41

Forschungszentrum Juelich The human brain keeps changing throughout a person's lifetime. New connections are continually created while synapses that are no longer in use degenerate. To date, little is known about the mechanisms behind these processes. Jülich neuroinformatician Dr. Markus Butz has now been able to ascribe the formation of new neural networks in the visual cortex to a simple homeostatic rule that is also the basis of many other self-regulating processes in nature. With this...


Latest Neurophysiology Reference Libraries

Electrooculography
2012-12-31 11:47:45

Electrooculography, sometimes shortened to EOG, is the tracing of electricity used for operation of the retina in different phases, specifically the resting potential. The results are recorded on an electrooculogram. These are interpreted for opthalmological diagnosis and in recording eye movements. Eye movement measurements: Usually, pairs of electrodes are placed either above and below the eye or to the left and right of the eye. If the eye is moved from the center position towards one...

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