It is possible to convert stem cells into functional neurons by repressing a single protein, scientists in the U.S. and China found, which could allow for huge progress in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
Short interruptions and distractions - like from emails, mobile phone notifications etc - have a surprisingly large effect on one's ability to accurately complete a task, according to new research by Michigan State University psychologists.
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.
Successful training and operating a robotic arm employing a brain-computer interface (BCI) is demonstrated in a comprehensive human clinical study. A 52-year-old individual with tetraplegia was able to feed herself a bar of chocolate for the first time in 9 years.