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A circuit for change

To answer the seemingly simple question "Have I been here before?" we must use our memories of previous experiences to determine if our current location is familiar or novel. In a new study published in the ...

Feb 18, 2014
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Amplifying communication between neurons

Neurons send signals to each other across small junctions called synapses. Some of these signals involve the flow of potassium, calcium and sodium ions through channel proteins that are embedded within the ...

Jan 17, 2014
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Mapping objects in the brain

A brain region that responds to a particular category of objects is found to consist of small clusters of neurons encoding visual features of these objects.

Dec 20, 2013
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The benefits of a spotless mind

Alzheimer's disease is an age-related memory disorder characterized by the accumulation of clumps of the toxic amyloid-β (Aβ) protein fragment in the extracellular space around neurons in the brain. Drugs ...

Nov 15, 2013
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