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2013-08-05 12:25:20

Using direct human brain recordings, a research team from Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA and Thomas Jefferson University has identified a new type of cell in the brain that helps people to keep track of their relative location while navigating an unfamiliar environment.

Studying How Brains Work When Bats Are On The Move
2013-04-19 11:11:44

Two new studies published in the journal Science look at how the brains of animals work when they are on the move. The findings are based on neural activity using bat models.

Internal GPS Guides Rats To Rewards
2013-04-18 08:48:04

Scientists studying rats' ability to navigate familiar territory found that remembered spatial information is used by one particular brain structure to imagine routes that the rats then follow much like a GPS system.

rhesus monkey
2012-11-07 14:49:05

Dr. Elizabeth Buffalo recently talked with redOrbit about her team’s discovery of grid cells in rhesus monkeys and what this could mean for the future of neuroscience.

2011-11-04 12:55:20

The cerebellum is far more intensively involved in helping us navigate than previously thought.

2011-08-24 21:34:17

The hippocampus is a brain structure that plays a major role in the process of memory formation.

2011-08-08 06:37:22

Animal's brains are only roughly aware of how high-up they are in space, meaning that in terms of altitude the brain's 'map' of space is surprisingly flat, according to new research.

2011-04-29 01:27:41

Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that electrical oscillations in the brain, long thought to play a role in organizing cognitive functions such as memory, are critically important for the brain to store the information that allows us to navigate through our physical environment.

2010-12-23 02:15:23

Researchers at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory report for the first time how animals' knowledge obtained through past experiences can subconsciously influence their behavior in new situations.

2010-03-22 18:05:35

Psychologists led by the University of Pennsylvania have used implantable electrodes and a first-person driving game to identify the cells of the brain that indicate travel in a clockwise or counterclockwise motion, called "path cells."


Word of the Day
obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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