Norepinephrine-producing neurons in the locus coeruleus produce attention focus, impulse control via two distinct connections to prefrontal cortex.
Nov. 3, 2020 • ~8 min
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Brains recognize a smell based on which cells fire, in what order – the same way you recognize a song based on its pattern of notes. How much can you change the 'tune' and still know the smell?
July 8, 2020 • ~8 min
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The Feng lab has developed a next-generation optogenetic system for non-invasive stimulation of neurons.
May 7, 2020 • ~5 min
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Researchers have mapped the brain mechanisms that drive movement in grooming fruit flies. That could help fight Parkinson's disease and OCD.
March 6, 2020 • ~6 min
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New technology helps dissect how the brain ignores or acts on information
Feb. 7, 2020 • ~5 min
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"Optogenomics" could one day offer the ability to manipulate our genomes, potentially upending treatment for cancer and other diseases.
July 17, 2019 • ~4 min
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New optogenetic technique could help restore limb movement, treat muscle tremor.
Dec. 26, 2018 • ~7 min
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Neuroscientists find chronic stress skews decisions toward higher-risk options.
Nov. 16, 2017 • ~7 min
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Focused laser beam could help scientists map connections among neurons that underlie behavior.
Nov. 13, 2017 • ~8 min
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