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Study sheds new light on the origins of sound-evoked activity in the mouse visual cortex

Recent studies have found that brain regions previously thought to only process a specific type of sensory stimuli, such as the visual cortex, can also be affected by other sensory stimuli. This might suggest that these brain ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

A drug that increases dopamine can reverse the effects of inflammation on the brain in depression

An Emory University study published in Molecular Psychiatry shows levodopa, a drug that increases dopamine in the brain, has potential to reverse the effects of inflammation on brain reward circuitry, ultimately improving ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Measles virus 'cooperates' with itself to cause fatal encephalitis

Researchers in Japan have uncovered the mechanism for how the measles virus can cause subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, or SSPE, a rare but fatal neurological disorder that can occur several years after a measles infection.

Neuroscience

New ultrafast fMRI technique may help inform brain stimulation

Brain stimulation, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS), is a powerful way to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders. While it has provided therapeutic benefit for sufferers of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and addiction ...

Neuroscience

Predicting dementia using neural network characteristics

In many neurodegenerative conditions, brain changes occur before symptoms emerge. But now, researchers from Japan have found a new way to distinguish these conditions in the early stages according to changes in brain activity ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Fear of public places is common in adults with epilepsy, says study

About 5.1 million people in the U.S. have a history of epilepsy, which causes repeated seizures. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder. While current research has shown ...

Neuroscience

Movement information offers critical visual cues

Most research studies use pictures to explore how the brain constructs what we 'see,' but, we do not live in a static world. Motion cues offer a rich source of untapped information that can be beneficial in understanding ...