New Brain Study Shows How Obeying Orders Can Dull Our Empathy War atrocities are sometimes committed by ‘normal’ people obeying orders. Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience measured brain activity while participants inflicted pain and found that obeying orders reduced empathy and guilt related brain activity for the inflicted […]

“Dormio takes dream research to a new level, interacting directly with an individual’s dreaming brain and manipulating the actual content of their dreams,” says Robert Stickgold, director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Credit: Helen Gao Device not only helps record dream reports, […]

Animation Promoting blood brain barrier health by reducing elevated pulse pressure in blood could be a promising new preventative solution and/or treatment for dementia. A recent paper published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, outlines a pulse-pressure-induced pathway of cognitive decline that sheds light on why previous treatments for dementia may have failed […]

animation Billiard-like break shot to cell-membrane structures triggers brain’s loss of consciousness from anesthesia, scientists find. Surgery would be inconceivable without general anesthesia, so it may come as a surprise that despite its 175-year history of medical use, doctors and scientists have been unable to explain how anesthetics temporarily render […]

Frontoparietal activation reflects individual working memory abilities. Credit: Rosenberg et al., JNeurosci 2020 Brain network activity predicts working memory abilities during development. A child’s unique brain activity reveals how good their memories are, according to research recently published in JNeurosci. When you scramble to remember a phone number as you enter […]

When Sierra Simpson was in college, she was sick for a year with recurring fevers and vomiting. Her doctors couldn’t figure out what she had. Suspecting a bacterial infection, they tried treating her with high doses of antibiotics. “It turned out I had malaria and needed a different treatment,” Simpson […]

Discovery draws surprising parallels between low-level organisms and sophisticated neurons; lays the groundwork for memory-capable biological systems. Biologists studying collectives of bacteria, or “biofilms,” have discovered that these so-called simple organisms feature a robust capacity for memory. Working in the laboratory of University of California San Diego Professor Gürol Süel, […]

A graphic depiction of protein nanowires (green) harvested from microbe Geobacter (orange) facilitate the electronic memristor device (silver) to function with biological voltages, emulating the neuronal components (blue junctions) in a brain. Credit: UMass Amherst/Yao lab University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers advance neuromorphic computing. Only 10 years ago, scientists working […]