Neuroscience

Eye movements in REM sleep mimic gazes in the dream world

When our eyes move during REM sleep, we're gazing at things in the dream world our brains have created, according to a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco. The findings shed light not only into how we dream, but ...

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A neuron that tracks landmarks helps rats know where they are

Visual landmarks enable an animal to know where it is oriented in relation to its environment. Dartmouth researchers have identified a new type of neuron in the rat brain, which appears to help facilitate this type of visual ...

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Brain's navigation more complex than previously thought

Neuroscientists' discovery of grid cells, popularly known as the brain's GPS, was hailed as a major discovery. But new Stanford research suggest the system is more complicated than anyone had guessed.

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Brain's internal compass also navigates during imagination

When you try to find your way in a new place, your brain creates a spatial map that represents that environment. Neuroscientists from Radboud University's Donders Institute now show that the brain's 'navigation system' is ...

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Brain compass keeps flies on course, even in the dark

If you walk into a dark room, you can still find your way to the light switch. That's because your brain keeps track of landmarks and the direction in which you are moving. Fruit flies also boast an internal compass that ...

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Study highlights brain cells' role in navigating environment

A new Dartmouth College study sheds light on the brain cells that function in establishing one's location and direction. The findings contribute to our understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying our abilities to successfully ...

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