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  The purpose and goal of brain mapping is to advance the understanding of the relationship between structure and function in the human brain. Scientists in this field seek to gain knowledge of the physical processes that underlie human sensation, attention awareness and cognition. These results are immediately applicable to surgical intervention, to the design of medical interventions and to the treatment of psychological and psychiatric disorders.

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09/11
Request for Information (RFI): Consideration of Sex As a Biological Variable in Biomedical Research
Notice NOT-OD-14-128 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts…
09/11
NIH awards aim to improve understanding of cell pathways, development of new therapies
Programs will improve scientists' understanding of cell pathways and aid in the development of new t…
09/10
New grants fund cross-lifespan services research for autism spectrum disorder
NIH-funded projects aim at improving access, timeliness of interventions.…
09/09
NIAAA to conduct clinical trial of new medication for alcohol use disorder
NIH researchers seek to expand treatment options.…
09/09
Eating habits, body fat related to differences in brain chemistry
NIH study ties eating in response to food cues to habit-forming region in obese adults.…
09/09
NIH-convened panel recommends expanded adoption of drug and transfusion treatments for individuals with sickle cell disease
Group produces first systematic evidence-informed report to assist clinicians in preventing and trea…
09/09
National Drug Facts Week 2015 to begin January 26
NIH observance links teens with scientific experts.…
09/03
NIH statement on International FASD Awareness Day
FASD Awareness Day is recognized each September.…
08/29
Single animal to human transmission event responsible for 2014 Ebola outbreak
NIH-funded scientist uses latest genomic technology to make discovery.…
08/28
NIH to Launch Human Safety Study of Ebola Vaccine Candidate
Trial is First in Series of Accelerated Safety Studies of Ebola Vaccines.…
08/27
Scientists plug into a learning brain
NIH-funded study provides a neural explanation for why some skills are easier to learn than others.…
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09/14
Researchers find neural compensation in people with Alzheimer?s-related protein
… not. The researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to…
09/14
Kids and football come with risk and reward
… demonstrated significant functional impairments following MRI exams and verbal and cogniti…
09/14
Team finds neural compensation in people with Alzheimer's-related protein
… not. The researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to…
09/14
Histone H2A.Z subunit exchange controls consolidation of recent and remote memory
Memory formation is a multi-stage process that initially requires cellular consolidation in the hipp…
09/14
Large, non-saturating magnetoresistance in WTe2
Magnetoresistance is the change in a material?s electrical resistance in response to an applied magn…
09/14
A Hox regulatory network of hindbrain segmentation is conserved to the base of vertebrates
A defining feature governing head patterning of jawed vertebrates is a highly conserved gene regulat…
09/14
Natural brain workaround discovered for Alzheimer?s
… of mental decline using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Sixteen of the older…
09/14
Adapting Brains Can Have Amyloid Plaques Without The Alzheimer's
… memorize various pictures while functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanned their…
09/13
Understanding Alzheimer?s
… out, neuroimaging is undertaken via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and PET scans to &#82…
09/13
Blood test to diagnose Alzheimer?s not here yet
… . These include PET scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to test the functional &#823…
09/12
Tipping the Balance of Behavior
Researchers discover antagonistic neuron populations in the amygdala of mice which controls whether …
09/12
Discovery may lead to improved memory, cognitive function in Alzheimer's patients
As Alzheimer's disease progresses, it kills brain cells mainly in the hippocampus and cortex, leadin…
09/12
A meta-analysis of 3 types of peer norms and their relation with adolescent sexual behavior
Researchers at Utrecht University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute collaborated on a met…
09/12
'Response to reward' measured in nicotine withdrawal
A new, 'first of its kind' study on nicotine addiction claims to have measured similarly quantified …
09/12
Gray matter myelin loss strongly related to MS disability
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) lose myelin in the gray matter of their brains and the loss is c…
09/11
Reaction to violent media depends on each individual's brain circuitry
A study examining the effect of violent media on the brain finds that individuals with aggressive tr…
09/11
CPAP can reverse brain damage caused by severe sleep apnea
A neuroimaging study is the first to show that white matter damage caused by severe obstructive slee…
09/11
Cells Put off Protein Production During Times of Stress
A new study could provide additional insights into neurodegenerative diseases which result from misf…
09/11
Deconstructing the placebo response: Why does it work in treating depression?
?In short, if you think a pill is going to work, it probably will,? says UCLA professor who led the …
09/11
Scientists show that nicotine withdrawal reduces response to rewards across species
While more than half of US smokers try to quit every year, less than 10 percent are able to remain s…
09/11
Tipping the balance of behavior
Caltech researchers have discovered antagonistic neuron populations in the mouse amygdala that contr…
09/11
Compound protects brain cells after traumatic brain injury
A new class of compounds, given orally, protects brain cells from the damage caused by blast-induced…
09/11
Scientists Map White Matter Connections Within the Human Brain
Researchers develop new technology which allows for more accurate mapping of the connections within …
09/10
Evanescent-wave and ambient chiral sensing by signal-reversing cavity ringdown polarimetry
Detecting and quantifying chirality is important in fields ranging from analytical and biological ch…
09/10
The drivers of tropical speciation
Since the recognition that allopatric speciation can be induced by large-scale reconfigurations of t…
09/10
New Study Examines Impact of Violent Media on the Brain
Researchers report exposure to violent media causes different brain activity in people with differen…
09/09
Brain mechanism underlying the recognition of hand gestures develops even when blind
Does a distinctive mechanism work in the brain of congenitally blind individuals when understanding …
09/09
Study of the brain's 'anti-relapse' circuit could lead to treatments that boost this resistance
Yaoying Ma says that biology, by nature, has a yin and a yang - a push and a pull.Addiction, particu…
09/09
Omega-3 fish oil 'could reduce seizure frequency for epilepsy patients'
A new study by researchers from UCLA School of Medicine suggests consuming low doses of omega-3 fish…
09/07
Structural basis for the assembly of the Sxl?Unr translation regulatory complex
Genetic equality between males and females is established by chromosome-wide dosage-compensation mec…
09/07
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09/07
Placing an upper limit on cryptic marine sulphur cycling
A quantitative understanding of sources and sinks of fixed nitrogen in low-oxygen waters is required…
09/03
Producing more grain with lower environmental costs
Agriculture faces great challenges to ensure global food security by increasing yields while reducin…
09/01
Brain structural basis of cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression
Cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression, two major emotion regulation strategies, are diff…
09/01
Informatic parcellation of the network involved in the computation of subjective value
Understanding how the brain computes value is a basic question in neuroscience. Although individual…
09/01
Cortisol modifies extinction learning of recently acquired fear in men
Exposure therapy builds on the mechanism of fear extinction leading to decreased fear responses. Ho…
09/01
Time course of emotion-related responding during distraction and reappraisal
Theoretical accounts of emotion regulation (ER) discriminate various cognitive strategies to volunt…
09/01
The neural basis of unwanted thoughts during resting state
Human beings are constantly engaged in thought. Sometimes thoughts occur repetitively and can becom…
09/01
The suggestible brain: posthypnotic effects on value-based decision-making
Hypnosis can affect perception, motor function and memory. However, so far no study using neuroimag…
09/01
Individual differences in anthropomorphic attributions and human brain structure
Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics or behaviour to animals, non-living th…
09/01
The man who feels two hearts: the different pathways of interoception
Recent advances in neuroscience have provided new insights into the understanding of heart–br…
09/01
Default mode network connectivity and reciprocal social behavior in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome
22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) is a genetic mutation associated with disorders of cortical con…
09/01
Gene x environment interaction on intergroup bias: the role of 5-HTTLPR and perceived outgroup threat
Perceived threat from outgroups is a consistent social-environmental antecedent of intergroup bias …
09/01
Neural representation and clinically relevant moderators of individualised self-criticism in healthy subjects
Many people routinely criticise themselves. While self-criticism is largely unproblematic for most …
09/01
From social-signal detection to higher social cognition: an fMRI approach
Implicit or automatic detection of social signals, which discriminate animate, intentional objects …
09/01
Affective state-dependent changes in the brain functional network in major depressive disorder
In major depressive disorder (MDD), as a network-level disease, the pathophysiology would be displa…
09/01
Preliminary evidence that sub-chronic citalopram triggers the re-evaluation of value in intimate partnerships
Depression frequently involves disrupted inter-personal relationships, while treatment with seroton…
09/01
Brain activation during anticipatory anxiety in social anxiety disorder
Exaggerated anticipatory anxiety during expectation of performance-related situations is an importa…
09/01
Perception of affective and linguistic prosody: an ALE meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies
Prosody refers to the melodic and rhythmic aspects of speech. Two forms of prosody are typically di…
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An ink drawing form "Glia and Muscle Sculpt Neuromuscular Arbors by Engulfing Destabilized Synaptic Boutons and Shed Presynaptic Debris", which appeared in PLoS Biology (see Fuentes-Medel et al., e1000184) showing that synaptic growth at the neuromuscular junction entails substantial shedding of membranes, which are removed through a collaboration between muscles and glial cells. Image Credit: Vivian Budnik, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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