Neuroscience

Sex on the brain: Orgasms unlock altered consciousness (New Scientist – 11 May 2011)

Can orgasms help neuroscientists understand consciousness?  Two researchers think so. Excerpt: With a click and a whirr, I am pulled into the scanner. My head is strapped down and I have been draped with a blanket so that I may

Spinal cord injury: Study offers new way to predict who will walk again (The Dana Foundation Website – 14 April 2011)

A new testing protocol may help neurologists predict which individuals with severe spinal injuries will walk again.  Excerpt: Each year, thousands of Americans come to trauma centers across the country with devastating spinal cord injuries, often as the result of

Beyond cuddling: Oxytocin and the brain (The Dana Foundation Website – 14 February 2011)

Oxytocin is a neurochemical with significant reach.  So it's no surprise that it was well represented at the Society for Neuroscience's annual conference. Excerpt: Despite the variety of research topics one can find at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting,

The brain signature of love (The Dana Foundation Website – 10 February 2011)

Want to know the latest research on the neurobiological basis of love?  Look no further. Excerpt: Study the literature of the world and you will find one theme that transcends both time and culture: that of love. Whether you are

Model predicts neural inhibition’s effects on anxiety (The Dana Foundation Website – 20 December 2010)

A better understanding of neural inhibition may provide new clues into the study of anxiety. Excerpt: Imagine the smallest decision –what part of the newspaper to read first, what time to leave work to avoid rush hour, what kind of

Doing away with malaria (The Dana Foundation Website – 24 November 2010)

Scientists are taking different approaches in the fight against cerebral malaria, a devastating disease that affects millions in Africa and Asia. Excerpt: In July, pop singer and “X-Factor” judge Cheryl Cole made headlines not for her new record or impending

Brain size linked to longevity (The Dana Foundation Website – 8 November 2010)

Does the size of your brain say something about how long you'll live?  New research suggests that's the case. Excerpt: Many mammals have proportionally large brains in comparison with their respective body sizes. Scientists have long hypothesized that those big

Conforming opinions activate the brain’s reward center (The Dana Foundation Website – 2 November 2010)

Consider yourself a non-conformist?  New research suggests when your opinions match those of an expert, your brain's reward centers are activated. Excerpt: Yesterday, I passed a teenager wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words, “Reject Conformity.” Conformity gets a bit

Effects of genomic imprinting are dynamic throughout life (The Dana Foundation Website – 8 October 2010)

Scientists at Harvard University show that genomic imprinting is a dynamic process, with some genes being affected at different points in the lifespan. Excerpt: Every cell in the human body, be it liver cell or blood cell or neuron, develops

Dopamine connections may link creativity, psychiatric disorders (The Dana Foundation Website – 27 July 2010)

Researchers across the country are uncovering new links between creativity and neuropsychiatric disorders. Excerpt: Roman philosopher Seneca once penned, “There is no great genius without a tincture of madness.” For centuries, philosophers and scientists have wondered about the nature of