Study shows how our brains remain active during familiar, repetitive tasks

New research, based on earlier results in mice, suggests that our brains are never at rest, even when we are not learning anything about the world around us.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  engineering  animal-research  brain  neuroscience  algorithm

Antibody designed to recognise pathogens of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have found a way to design an antibody that can identify the toxic particles that destroy healthy brain cells – a potential advance in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease chemistry neuroscience dementia

AI successfully used to identify different types of brain injuries

Researchers have developed an AI algorithm that can detect and identify different types of brain injuries.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  machine-learning  brain  neuroscience  artificial-intelligence  imaging  ai

Contaminating a fake rubber hand could help people overcome OCD, study suggests

The famous, but bizarre, ‘rubber hand illusion’ could help people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder overcome their condition without the often unbearable stress of exposure therapy, suggests new research.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience neuroscience obsessive-compulsive-disorder

Women in STEM: Stepheni Uh

Stepheni Uh is a PhD candidate in the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Here, she tells us about her research studying the cognitive effects of growing up in poverty, the gap between science and policy, and falling asleep in an MRI machine.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 24, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  women-in-stem  children  brain  neuroscience

Study identifies our ‘inner pickpocket’

Researchers have identified how the human brain is able to determine the properties of a particular object using purely statistical information: a result which suggests there is an ‘inner pickpocket’ in all of us.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 21, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  engineering  spotlight-on-neuroscience  brain  neuroscience

New approach to drug discovery could lead to personalised treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders

Researchers have developed a method that could drastically accelerate the search for new drugs to treat mental health disorders such as schizophrenia.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 8, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience drug-discovery neuroscience psychiatry schizophrenia

‘Mindreading’ neurons simulate decisions of social partners

Scientists have identified special types of brain cells that may allow us to simulate the decision-making processes of others, thereby reconstructing their state of mind and predicting their intentions. Dysfunction in these ‘simulation neurons’ may help explain difficulties with social interactions in conditions such as autism and social anxiety.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 12, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: animal-research neuroscience autism

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