The Neurogenesis Debate

Written by Nicholi Avery On March 7 2018, a study was published in the highly esteemed journal Nature by an international team of scientists claiming that #neurogenesis starts to rapidly decline in the #human brain as early as 13 years old and becomes undetectable in adults.  This rocked the scientific community as there has been a long-established theory […]

Targeting levels of specific protein could improve memory in aging, reduce symptoms of PTSD

A neural circuit mechanism involved in preserving the specificity of memories has been identified by investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI). They also identified a genetic “switch” that can slow down #memory generalization — the loss of specific details over time that occurs […]

The Limits of Neuroplasticity in the Brain

New research shows that the #brain‘s #neuroplasticity isn’t as flexible as previously thought. One of the brain’s mysteries is how exactly it reorganizes new #information as you learn new tasks.  The standard to date was to test how neurons learned new behavior one #neuron at a time. Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh […]

IMPLICATIONS OF THE BPF LARGE MAMMAL BRAIN PRESERVATION PRIZE

A special thank you to #Keith Wiley for allowing me to post this article in full on our blog.  To see more awesome posts by Keith Wiley please check out the BPF blog: here. He is also the author of a book titled A Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading (2014)  Keithwiley.com A FOLLOW UP TO THE […]

Insights into the Neurobiology of Death

A recent study gives insight into the #neurobiology of dying.  Before the process of dying neurologists closely monitored patients with devastating #brain injuries following Do Not Resuscitate-Comfort Care orders.  This gave key insights into the mechanisms and timing of events in the brain and the circulatory system  during the dying process. The objective of emergency […]

Neurobiological Changes Explain How Mindfulness Meditation Improves Health

Over the past decade, #mindfulness #meditation has been shown to improve a broad range of #health and disease outcomes, such as slowing HIV progression and improving healthy #aging. Yet, little is known about the #brain changes that produce these beneficial health effects. New research from Carnegie Mellon University provides a window into the brain changes […]

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Light-Triggered Genes Reveal the Hidden Workings of Memory | Quanta Magazine

Nobel laureate Susumu Tonegawa’s lab is overturning old assumptions about how memories form, how recall works and whether lost memories might be restored from

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‘Brain-on-a-chip’ tests effects of biological and chemical agents, develop countermeasures

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and engineers have developed a “brain-on-a-chip” device aimed at testing and predicting the effects of biological and chemical agents, disease or pharmaceutical drugs on the brain over time without the need

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This surgeon wants to connect you to the Internet with a brain implant

Eric Leuthardt believes that in the near future we will allow doctors to insert electrodes into our brains so we can communicate directly with computers and each other.

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For The First Time Ever Scientists Have Boosted Human Memory With a Brain Implant

With everyone from Elon Musk to MIT to the US Department of Defense researching brain implants, it seems only a matter of time before such devices are ready to help humans extend their natural capabilities.

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Navigational view of the brain thanks to powerful X-rays

If brain imaging could be compared to Google Earth, neuroscientists would already have a pretty good “satellite view” of the brain, and a great “street view” of neuron details. But navigating how the brain computes is arguably where the action is, and neuroscience’s “navigational map view” has been a bit meager.

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Scientists Have Uncovered The Atomic Structure of a Key Alzheimer’s Protein For The First Time

For the first time, scientists have revealed the chemical structure of one of the key markers of Alzheimer’s disease, capturing high-resolution images of the abnormal tau protein deposits suspected to be behind Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerat

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The Adult Brain Can Regenerate Neurons in an Unexpected Area, Says New Study

Scientists have discovered for the first time that adult mouse brains produce new cells in the amygdala, a finding that could eventually lead to better treatments for conditions like anxiety and depression, as well as a better understanding of the

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Neuroscience can now curate music based on your brainwaves, not your music taste

Companies and composers have begun using software to make music customized to your brainwaves. Soon you will be able to plug in your headphones, lean back in your chair, and relax to a playlist so synchronized with your brain’s chemistry that it increases your productivity, sleep quality, and even fights anxiety. The frequency at which…