Neurons reprogrammed in animals

Building on earlier work in which they disproved neurobiology dogma by "reprogramming" neurons—turning one form of neuron into another—in the brains of living animals, Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers have now ...

Nov 05, 2015
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Brain structure may be root of apathy

When brain scientists at Oxford University studied apathy, they didn't expect to see less motivated people making more effort. Their results suggest that for some people traditionally perceived as lazy, it's biology - not ...

Nov 13, 2015
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Nerve cells warn brain of damage to the inner ear

Some nerve cells in the inner ear can signal tissue damage in a way similar to pain-sensing nerve cells in the body, according to new research from Johns Hopkins. If the finding, discovered in rats, is confirmed in humans, ...

Nov 09, 2015
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Can scientists agree on a definition of curiosity?

Philosopher Thomas Hobbes called it "the lust of the mind." Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt said it was "the most useful gift." And, yes, we all know what killed the cat. But ask a group of scientists to define curiosity ...

Nov 04, 2015
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