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What impact do video games have on the brain?

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B by the teams of Dr. Gregory West (Assistant Professor ...

Human Stem Cell Model Reveals Molecular Cues Critical to Neurovascular Unit Formation

Real-time tracking of cellular behavior during human development provides new insights ...

Seeking deeper understanding of how the brain works

Edward Boyden develops techniques to study the brain, and how it operates, in finer detail. ... Full story

How Do Neurons and Blood Vessels “Talk” to Each Other?

Neurobiologist Amparo Acker-Palmer receives an ERC Advanced Grant of 2.5 million Euros for five years ... Full story

Working with Saracens to monitor concussion in rugby

A team of UCL researchers have joined the ongoing Saracens study for the 2015/16 season, which combines impact sensors with blood samples to determine the effects of concussion on rugby players. ... Full story

Researchers find human brain not ‘hardwired’ as previously thought

Conventional thought is that the human brain is ‘hardwired’ to perform particular tasks, accessing a set network of tools to solve problems or enact certain behaviours in a way that is largely the same between different people. ... Full story

Omega-3 fatty acids enhance cognitive flexibility in at-risk older adults

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A study of older adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease found that those who consumed more omega-3 fatty acids did better than their peers on tests of cognitive flexibility – the ability to efficiently switch between tasks – and had a bigger anterior cingulate cortex, a brain region known to contribute to cognitive flexibility. ... Full story

What hundreds of biomolecules tell us about our nerve cells

Researchers at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have successfully measured metabolic profiles, that is the metabolomes, of different brain regions. Their findings - resulting from research supervised by Dr. Manuel Buttini - could help better understand neurodegenerative diseases. ... Full story

Nerve cells use each other as maps

When nerve cells form in an embryo they don’t start off in the right place but have to be guided to their final position by navigating a kind of molecular and cellular “map” in order to function properly. In a recent research study published in Nature Communications neurobiologist Sara Wilson, Umeå University, found that during embryonic development different parts of the nerve cell are important for guiding other nerve cells into their physical positions. ... Full story

Brain scanning reveals that birds of a feather really do flock together

ROANOKE, Va. – The hottest hairstyle, the latest extreme sport, the newest viral stunt – trends happen for a reason and now scientists have a better understanding of why. ... Full story

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