Neuroscience

Stable connections between nerve cells are the basis of memory

Memories are part of our lives, the good and the bad. Through our senses, experiences reach our brain where networks of nerve cells encode them into a memory. It was previously unclear why only certain nerve cells join together ...

Neuroscience

Studying brain plasticity in old age

Neuronal critical periods are limited phases of life during which the plasticity of neural connections is at its maximum and the development of the brain is adapted to the environment. Researchers at the Scuola Normale Superiore ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

How fear persists in the mouse brain

Most people have experienced, at some point in their lives, a sudden unexpected fright. Even after a shadowy figure in a darkened room turns out to just be a chair, your heart rate is still high, your palms stay sweaty, and ...

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