The molecular equivalent of traffic jams – a cluster of nerve cells inside the brain – can potentially be the result of cellular degeneration and death. Researchers from the University of Buffalo examined these blockages in the brains of fruit flies.
A review and update of a controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness published in Physics of Life Reviews claims that consciousness derives from deeper level, finer scale activities inside brain neurons.
Dendrites, the branch-like projections of neurons, were once thought to be passive wiring in the brain. But now researchers at the University of North Carolina have shown that these dendrites do more than relay information from one neuron to the next. They actively process information, multiplying t...
A new technique that allows scientists to measure the electrical activity in the communication junctions of the nervous systems has been developed by a researcher at Queen Mary University of London.
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered that the sleeping brain generates cells, which repair nerve cell insulation.
Researchers of the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering of ETH Zurich were able to measure the speed of neuronal signal conduction along segments of single axons in neuronal cultures by using a high-resolution electrical method. The bioengineers are now searching for plausible explanatio...
Glial cells send 'care packages' including protective proteins and genetic information to nerve cells
Oscar Wilde called memory “the diary that we all carry about with us.” Now a team of scientists has developed a way to see where and how that diary is written.
Neuroscientists may soon be modern-day harpooners, snaring individual brain-cell signals instead of whales with tiny spears made of carbon nanotubes.
EPFL scientists have revealed a mechanism responsible for the creation of giant synapses in the brain that allow us to efficiently process auditory information.
A molecule that accumulates with age and inhibits the formation of new neurons can be switched off to completely reverse the negative effect, found researchers from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. The discovery could allow scientists to design therapies to prevent age-related...
The production of new neurons, known as neurogenesis, was found to be induced in the adult normal cortex by the antidepressant fluoxetine, as reported in a study published online last week in Neuropsychopharmacology.