Neuroscience

Rat whiskers shed light on how neurons communicate touch

When reaching into a pocket or purse, it is easy to use the sense of touch to distinguish keys from loose change. Our brains seamlessly integrate the tactile, sensory cues from our fingers with hand movements to perceive ...

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Calculating whiskers send precise information to the brain

As our sensory organs register objects and structures in the outside world, they are continually engaged in two-way communication with the brain. In research recently published in Nature Neuroscience, Weizmann Institute scientists ...

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Mapping face sensation in the brainstem

Filippo Rijli and his group at the FMI have shown how the formation of a sensory topographic map in the brainstem is controlled by a single transcription factor, thus shedding light on a decades-old question in neuroscience. ...

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Brain plasticity after vision loss has an 'on-off switch'

KU Leuven biologists have discovered a molecular on-off switch that controls how a mouse brain responds to vision loss. When the switch is on, the loss of sight in one eye will be compensated by the other eye, but also by ...

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Eye movements reveal rhythm of memory formation

(Medical Xpress)—Quick eye movements, called saccades, that enable us to scan a visual scene appear to act as a metronome for pushing information about that scene into memory.

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Rats take high-speed multisensory snapshots

When animals are on the hunt for food they likely use many senses, and scientists have wondered how the different senses work together. New research from the laboratory of CSHL neuroscientist and Assistant Professor Adam ...

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Decoding touch

With their whiskers rats can detect the texture of objects in the same way as humans do using their fingertips. A study, in which some scientists of SISSA have taken part, shows that it is possible to understand what specific ...

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