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2014-08-04 12:52:44

Harvard University Study shows that mice can identify specific odors amid complex olfactory environments For many animals, making sense of the clutter of sensory stimuli is often a matter or literal life or death. Exactly how animals separate objects of interest, such as food sources or the scent of predators, from background information, however, remains largely unknown. Even the extent to which animals can make such distinctions, and how differences between scents might affect the...

2012-04-03 08:54:51

Fruit flies offer insights on aging Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have shown in animal models that the loss of memory that comes with aging is not necessarily a permanent thing. In a new study published this week in an advance, online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Ron Davis, chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Scripps Florida, and Ayako Tonoki-Yamaguchi, a research associate in Davis's lab, took a...

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2010-04-28 12:00:33

Heidelberg neuroscientists verify for the first time the function of inhibiting communication / Published in "Neuron" Whether different odors can be quickly distinguished depends on certain synapses in the brain that inhibit nerve stimulation. The researchers in Professor Dr. Thomas Kuner's team at the Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Heidelberg University Medical School and Dr. Andreas Schäfer at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research have shown that mice in which a...

2009-05-05 13:26:23

U.S. scientists say they are the first to find a form of synaptic memory in the olfactory bulb -- the part of the brain that processes the sense of smell. Case Western Reserve University Associate Professor Ben Strowbridge and doctoral student Yuan Gao noted that during the 1970s, scientists discovered synapses could change their strength following brief periods of activity. That process, called long-term potentiation, is the leading candidate to explain how we store information about...

2009-05-04 07:27:45

Study in Nature Neuroscience uncovers possible basis of memories for different smells Ben W. Strowbridge, Ph.D, associate professor of Neuroscience and Physiology/Biophysics, and Yuan Gao, a Ph.D. student in the neurosciences program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, are the first to discover a form of synaptic memory in the olfactory bulb, the part of the brain that processes the sense of smell. Their study, entitled "Long-term plasticity of excitatory inputs to granule...


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