Topic: Neuroscience

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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Neurons in the Brain Tune into Different Frequencies for Different Spatial Memory Tasks

April 17, 2014

[caption id="attachment_45469" align="alignright" width="237" caption="Place cells in the hippocampus provide a neuronal code for specific locations in space. Place cells codes represent upcoming locations at some times and reflect recently visited locations at other times. The findings by Bieri and colleagues show that place cells predict upcoming locations during periods of slow gamma rhythms and encode recently visited locations during periods of fast gamma rhythms. Illustration credit: Juliette Pepperell."]
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AUSTIN, Texas  Your brain transmits information about your current location and memories of past locations over the same neural pathways using different frequencies of a rhythmic electrical activity called gamma waves, report neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Mason Hankamer's Life in Color

Feb. 28, 2014
Mason Hankamer's Life in Color

Meet senior neuroscience and jazz performance major Mason Hankamer, who has a unique brain condition that causes him to see music in colors.

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