Topic: Neuroscience

First Magnetic Field Sensor Discovered in Animal

June 17, 2015
Magnetosensor in C. elegans worms

Researchers have identified the first sensor of the Earth’s magnetic field in an animal, finding in the brain of a tiny worm a big clue to a long-held mystery about how animals’ internal compasses work.

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Genetic Variation Associated With Learning a Foreign Speech

June 4, 2015
Professor from University of Texas and lead on this research

Researcher in communication sciences and disorders examines the brain’s role in individual differences in adult language learning and seeks to understand the biological origins of language.

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Alcohol Abuse Linked to Newly Identified Gene Network

Dec. 2, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas  Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have identified a network of genes that appear to work together in determining alcohol dependence. The findings, which could lead to future treatments and therapies for alcoholics and possibly help doctors screen for alcoholism, are being published this week in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

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Mental Rest and Reflection Boost Learning, Study Suggests

Oct. 20, 2014

A new study, which may have implications for approaches to education, finds that brain mechanisms engaged when people allow their minds to rest and reflect on things they've learned before may boost later learning.

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Mutation Stops Worms From Getting Drunk

July 16, 2014

Neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Austin have generated mutant worms that do not get intoxicated by alcohol, a result that could lead to new drugs to treat the symptoms of people going through alcohol withdrawal.

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