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Written By: grant on November 21, 2014 No Comment

NPR goes, ahem, under the covers to trace the brain chemistry of sleep:

“One of the most profound effects of a night of sleep is the improvement in our ability to remember things,” says Ravi Allada, a sleep researcher at Northwestern University. Yet this connection hasn’t been well-understood, he says.

That’s changing, thanks to recent […]

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Written By: grant on November 19, 2014 No Comment

CBC has more on a study that finds kids adopted from China in infancy still have native speakers’ brain responses to spoken Chinese – even if they can’t understand it:

Brain scans show that children adopted from China as babies into families that don’t speak Chinese still unconsciously recognize Chinese sounds as language more […]

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Written By: grant on November 12, 2014 No Comment

Nature takes a second look at the neurology of feeling a presence right next to you:

Some people with relatively rare types of brain injury also experience this ‘feeling of a presence’. A study involving a dozen such patients, published today in Current Biology, suggests that the eerie feeling may arise when a person’s brain […]

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Written By: grant on October 30, 2014 No Comment

Laboratory Equipment discusses research that’s found a low-carb, high-fat diet reduces seizures in hard-to-treat epilepsy:

“We need new treatments for the 35 percent of people with epilepsy whose seizures are not stopped by medications,” said study author Pavel Klein, of the Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. […]

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Written By: grant on October 28, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily has some cheerful news from Columbia University Medical Center neuroscience researchers, who’ve found that cocoa fights age-related memory decline:

Previous work, including by the laboratory of senior author Scott A. Small, MD, had shown that changes in a specific part of the brain — the dentate gyrus — are associated with age-related […]

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Written By: grant on October 23, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “Forget.” [Download]

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Manipulating memory with light: Scientists erase specific memories in mice“, Science Daily, 9 October 2014, as used in the post “We can un-remember for you, wholesale. (With light.)”

ABSTRACT: It’s oblivion season here at the Guild, I guess. Happens […]

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Written By: grant on October 21, 2014 No Comment

Nature has more on how the veterinary tranquilizer-slash-rave drug can reverse “anhedonia” (the inability to feel happy) for 14 days – long enough to bust sufferers out of otherwise untreatable bipolar depression:

The present study used a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind crossover design to examine whether a single ketamine infusion could reduce anhedonia levels in […]

Written By: grant on October 20, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily discusses UC Davis researchers who are using light to edit out specific memories:

Optogenetics, pioneered by Karl Diesseroth at Stanford University, is a new technique for manipulating and studying nerve cells using light. The techniques of optogenetics are rapidly becoming the standard method for investigating brain function.

Kazumasa Tanaka, Brian Wiltgen and colleagues at […]

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Written By: grant on October 16, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily reveals some interesting (and counter-intuitive) findings following the world’s largest medical study of human consciousness at time of death:

The results of a four-year international study of 2060 cardiac arrest cases across 15 hospitals concludes the following. The themes relating to the experience of death appear far broader than what has been […]

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