NEW YORK (May 13, 2012) -- Scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College have discovered that the single protein -- alpha 2 delta -- exerts a spigot-like function, controlling the volume of neurotransmitters and other chemicals that flow between the synapses of brain neurons. The study, published online in Nature, shows how brain cells talk to each other through these signals, relaying thoughts, feelings and action, and this powerful molecule plays a crucial role in regulating effective communicat...
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have figured out how to stop brain cell death in mice with brain disease and say their discovery deepens understanding of the mechanisms of human neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Philadelphia, PA, May 10, 2012 – These findings are not about the classic story of gift-giving, although the MAGI genes (officially named membrane associated guanylate kinase, WW and PDZ domain containing proteins) do influence brain function in important ways.
Recent studies conducted by neuroscientists from Harvard show that bragging about one's self on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter can be as rewarding to the brain as sex and eating delicious food.
Brain networks — areas of the brain that regularly work together — may avoid traffic jams at their busiest intersections by communicating on different frequencies according to a new study.
The largest imaging study of the human brain ever revealed that some teenagers are at higher risk for drug and alcohol experimentation - simply because their brains work differently, making them more impulsive.
Playing an action videogame causes differences in brain activity and improvements in visual attention, researchers from University of Toronto found.
Researchers from Baylor University found the clues to reverse cognitive deficits in humans.
A habit of binge eating may make an individual more likely to show other addiction-like behaviors, including substance abuse, according to a new study.
Scientists have discovered proof that the evolution of intelligence and larger brain sizes can be driven by cooperation and teamwork.
A new study sheds light on what is happening in the brain throughout the disease process, specifically with respect to the part of the cerebral cortex responsible for integrating visual information.
Our left cheek is perceived to be more aesthetically pleasing by observers, according to a new study.
If you are an aging baby boomer and you've noticed it's a bit harder to drive to unfamiliar locations or to pick a new brand of olive oil at the supermarket, you can blame it on the white matter in your brain.
In one species of freshwater crustaceans, social status can affect the configuration of neural circuitry, a new study found.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It turns out that the milk of human kindness is evoked by something besides mom's good example.