Category Archives: Neuroscience

Stress Trigger Processes Discovered in the Brain

An important factor for stress has been identified by scientists. The protein secretagogin that plays an important role in the release of the CRH stress hormone  and which only then enables stress processes in the brain to be transmitted to … Continue reading

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Watching Individual Neurons Respond During Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is used to treat refractory major depression. Until now, there was no way of knowing exactly what changes were taking place in the brain as a result of treatment. Duke University neuroscientists and engineers have developed … Continue reading

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The Myth of Schizophrenia as a Progressive Brain Disease

Schizophrenia has historically been considered to be a deteriorating disease, a view reinforced by recent MRI findings of progressive brain tissue loss over the early years of illness. Zipursky and colleagues challenge this concept. Schizophrenia Bulletin [More…]

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Sixth Annual Chair Summit Begins This Week

This week a Master Class for Neuroscience Development called the Chair Summit takes place in Tampa, FL (Sept 26-28, 2013). In the early days of medical training in Kos, students, trainees and medical colleagues would gather to discuss their cases … Continue reading

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L-Dopa Improves Decision-Making In Older Adults

A study published online  in Nature Neuroscience has demonstrated that a drug widely used to treat Parkinson’s Disease can help to reverse age-related impairments in decision making in some older people.  Researchers from Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging describe the … Continue reading

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We Stlil Can Raed Words Wehn Teh Lettres Are Jmbuled Up?

Researchers have taken an important step towards understanding how the human brain ‘decodes’ letters on a page to read words. [More…]

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Magnetic Stimulation Can Improve Memory in Schizophrenia

A new study published in Biological Psychiatry provides new evidence that stimulating the brain using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) may be an effective strategy to improve cognitive function. A randomized, 4-week controlled trial (n=27) evaluated whether rTMS can improve … Continue reading

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The Nature of Relapse in Schizophrenia

Discontinuation of treatment in schizophrenia results in very high relapse rates, even after a single psychotic episode. A new review in BMC Psychiatry asserts that multiple relapses characterze the course of illness in most patients with schizophrenia, yet the nature … Continue reading

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Research Shows How the Human Brain Adapts to Injury

A study published in Cerebral Cortex, demonstrates that when one brain area loses functionality, a “back-up” group of secondary brain areas immediately activate, replacing not only the unavailable area but also its collateral areas. Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University’s Center … Continue reading

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Why People Perform Better After Receiving a Compliment

Japanese scientists have found scientific proof that people doing specific tasks appear to perform better when another person compliments them. There seems to be scientific validity behind the message ‘praise to encourage improvement’. [Read more…]

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