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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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11/21
NIH research featured in National Geographic Channel documentary on sleep
The documentary, Sleepless in America, premieres on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday, Novem…
11/21
Mouse study reveals potential clue to extra fingers or toes
NIH-funded study finds that gene appears to regulate protein signals inside the cell.…
11/20
11/19
HHS and NIH take steps to enhance transparency of clinical trial results
Notice proposes regulations to implement reporting requirements for clinical trials.…
11/19
New comprehensive view of the mouse genome finds many similarities and striking differences with human genome
Comparisons of both genomes' inner workings may lead to a better use of mouse models.…
11/19
NIH ends Transcranial Doppler (TCD) with Transfusions Changing to Hydroxyurea (TWiTCH) clinical trial due to early results
Trial ended based on recommendations of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board.…
11/18
Studies Indicate that Losartan may be an effective treatment option for Marfan syndrome
Losartan blocks the action of certain natural substances that tighten the blood vessels, allowing th…
11/17
NIH-sponsored study identifies superior drug regimen for preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission
Taking a three-drug regimen during pregnancy prevents mother-to-child HIV transmission more effectiv…
11/17
Two drugs are no more effective than one to treat common kidney disease
NIH study finds limited kidney benefit from more rigorous blood pressure treatment.…
11/14
NIH study links ultraviolet filters to pregnancy delays
Researchers identify two chemicals that appear to reduce fertility in men.…
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11/22
Creativity flows from left brain too
… mechanisms behind creativity using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging for the first tim…
11/22
ADHD: Slower Development of Key Connections
… . The scans, made using function magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner…
11/21
Researchers tease out glitches in immune system's self-recognition
Immunity is a thankless job. Though the army of cells known as the immune system continuously keeps …
11/21
Researchers tease out glitches in immune system's self-recognition
In order to distinguish self from other, the immune system processes proteins from inside and outsi…
11/21
Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain
As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality.…
11/21
Postpartum depression: citalopram benefits explained
Researchers believe they have found why the commonly prescribed antidepressant drug citalopram is ef…
11/21
Mental disorders due to permanent stress
Activated through permanent stress, immune cells will have a damaging effect on and cause changes to…
11/21
Quantum mechanical calculations reveal the hidden states of enzyme active sites
Enzymes carry out fundamental biological processes such as photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation and res…
11/21
Out of danger: A neural basis for avoiding threats
Researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have identified a key neuronal pathway tha…
11/21
New Study Indicates Long-term Effects of Weed Use on Brain, Dire Implications for Pot Proponents
… long-term marijuana users using multiple magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. They…
11/21
Want to boost your brainpower? Head to the shops! Researchers find bargain hunting can improve memories in older shoppers
… .' The study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) -- a no…
11/21
The Mystery Brains of the Texas State Lunatic Asylum
… want to do is high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging scans of the brains. So ……
11/21
Sleep-Deprivation Causes An Emotional Brain ?Disconnect?
… ? brains were scanned by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measures brain…
11/21
Lost languages leave traces on the brain
… influence, the researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans on chil…
11/20
Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain
As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality. Aiming to disc…
11/20
Quantum mechanical calculations reveal the hidden states of enzyme active sites
Enzymes carry out fundamental biological processes such as photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation and res…
11/20
Infants experience less pain in mother's soothing presence and gene activity in infant brain altered
Research led by NYU Langone Medical Center offers insight into short-term effects of maternal caregi…
11/20
Cognitively healthy older adults can gain modest benefit from computerized cognitive training
Computerized cognitive training (CCT) has been widely promoted for older adults, but its effectivene…
11/20
New insight into virus that attacks the brain
Researchers have developed new insight into a rare but deadly brain infection, called progressive mu…
11/20
In full view
Scientists looking to understand -- and potentially thwart -- the influenza virus now have a much mo…
11/20
Caffeine counters cocaine's effects on women's estrus cycles
Women are more sensitive to the effects of cocaine and more susceptible to cocaine abuse than men. C…
11/20
New computer model predicts gut metabolites to better understand gastrointestinal disease
Tufts University School of Engineering researchers and collaborators from Texas A&M University have …
11/20
Weight and eating habits in Parkinson's disease
A review of the scientific literature on Parkinson's disease, conducted by SISSA research scientists…
11/20
Imagination and Reality Flow in Opposite Directions in the Brain
Researchers track the electrical activity in the brains of people who alternately imagined scenes or…
11/19
New Function for Rods in Daylight
Researchers identify a novel function for rod photoreceptors in the retina during daylight. …
11/19
Mechanisms behind 'Mexican waves' in the brain are revealed by scientists
Scientists have revealed the mechanisms that enable certain brain cells to persuade others to create…
11/17
MicroRNA silencing for cancer therapy targeted to the tumour microenvironment
MicroRNAs are short non-coding RNAs expressed in different tissue and cell types that suppress the e…
11/12
?-catenin mediates stress resilience through Dicer1/microRNA regulation
Here ?-catenin, which has been implicated in neurological and psychiatric diseases, including depres…
11/12
Neurobiology: A molecular knife to dice depression
Chronic stress can cause depression in some individuals, but leaves others untouched. Engagement of …
11/10
Structural insight into autoinhibition and histone H3-induced activation of DNMT3A
DNA methylation is an important epigenetic modification that is essential for various developmental …
11/10
Overcoming the limitations of directed C?H functionalizations of heterocycles
In directed C?H activation reactions, any nitrogen or sulphur atoms present in heterocyclic substrat…
11/05
A relative shift in cloacal location repositions external genitalia in amniote evolution
The move of vertebrates to a terrestrial lifestyle required major adaptations in their locomotory ap…
11/05
Biochemistry: Succinate strikes
The high levels of tissue-damaging reactive oxygen species that arise during a stroke or heart attac…
11/05
The neural representation of taste quality at the periphery
The mammalian taste system is responsible for sensing and responding to the five basic taste qualiti…
11/05
Ischaemic accumulation of succinate controls reperfusion injury through mitochondrial ROS
Ischaemia-reperfusion injury occurs when the blood supply to an organ is disrupted and then restored…
11/01
Identifying with fictive characters: structural brain correlates of the personality trait 'fantasy'
The perception of oneself as absorbed in the thoughts, feelings and happenings of a fictive charact…
11/01
Thinning of the lateral prefrontal cortex during adolescence predicts emotion regulation in females
Adolescence is a crucial period for the development of adaptive emotion regulation strategies. Desp…
11/01
Early life stress modulates oxytocin effects on limbic system during acute psychosocial stress
Early life stress (ELS) is associated with altered stress responsivity, structural and functional b…
11/01
Neural antecedents of social decision-making in a partner choice task
Experiments in financial decision-making point to two complementary processes that encode prospecti…
11/01
The world can look better: enhancing beauty experience with brain stimulation
Aesthetic appreciation is part of our everyday life: it is a subjective judgment we make when looki…
11/01
Memory consolidation of fear conditioning: Bi-stable amygdala connectivity with dorsal anterior cingulate and medial prefrontal cortex
Investigations of fear conditioning in rodents and humans have illuminated the neural mechanisms of…
11/01
Explicit semantic stimulus categorization interferes with implicit emotion processing
Previous functional magnetic resonance imaging and event-related brain potential studies revealed t…
11/01
Modulations of mirroring activity by desire for social connection and relevance of movement
Mirroring neurons fire both when an individual moves and observes another move in kind. This simula…
11/01
'Inner voices': the cerebral representation of emotional voice cues described in literary texts
While non-verbal affective voice cues are generally recognized as a crucial behavioral guide in any…
11/01
Behavioral and genetic correlates of the neural response to infant crying among human fathers
Although evolution has shaped human infant crying and the corresponding response from caregivers, t…
11/01
Temporal and spatial neural dynamics in the perception of basic emotions from complex scenes
The different temporal dynamics of emotions are critical to understand their evolutionary role in t…
11/01
Rough primes and rough conversations: evidence for a modality-specific basis to mental metaphors
How does our brain organize knowledge? Traditional theories assume that our knowledge is represente…
11/01
MDMA enhances emotional empathy and prosocial behavior
3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ‘ecstasy’) releases serotonin and norepinephri…
11/01
Neural substrates of defensive reactivity in two subtypes of specific phobia
Depending on threat proximity, different defensive behaviours are mediated by a descending neural n…
11/01
Individual differences in posterior cortical volume correlate with proneness to pride and gratitude
Proneness to specific moral sentiments (e.g. pride, gratitude, guilt, indignation) has been linked …
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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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