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Why Women Are Predisposed to Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a brain disorder that progressively damages memory and thinking capabilities, eventually leading to losing the ability to communicate and carry out the daily activities. The prevalence of AD is significantly higher in women compared to men; more than two thirds of... click to read more

  • Keqiang Ye | Professor at Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Science, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Views 2560
Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 17, 2022
Thinking about thoughts: how the brain evaluates confidence

Do you want to marry your partner? Do you want to quit your job? And perhaps more importantly, how sure are you about it? Even for “yes or no” questions, our decisions cannot be reduced to black or white. Decisions always come with a sense... click to read more

  • Alexander Unruh-Pinheiro | PhD Student at Epileptology Department, University of Bonn Medical Center, Bonn, Germany
  • Florian Mormann | Professor at Epileptology Department, University of Bonn Medical Center, Bonn, Germany
Views 3437
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 11, 2022
How does the brain orchestrate survival?

We can think of the way the brain processes information as an orchestral ensemble. In the brain, information is mainly processed by a specialized type of brain cell called neurons, like individual instruments in the orchestra. Neurons use electrical signals to transmit information. These signals... click to read more

  • Shengjin Xu | Principal Investigator at Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
  • Hui Yang | PhD graduate at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
  • Scott M. Sternson | Professor at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
Views 3563
Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 16, 2021
Finding the one: what prairie voles can tell us about the drive to seek out our romantic partner

As humans, we fall in love and "couple-up", something scientists refer to as a pair bond. This is unusual among mammals, most of whom are promiscuous - typically mating and moving on. Fewer than 10% of mammalian species share our ability to form pair bonds,... click to read more

  • William M. Sheeran | MD/PhD Student at Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • David S.W. Protter | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • Zoe R. Donaldson | Assistant Professor at Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA; Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA
Views 5985
Reading time 5 min
published on Jun 3, 2021
How to counteract age when the nervous system is damaged

As we get older, the body becomes more prone to damage and is less able to repair it. The delicate tissue of the brain and spinal cord (collectively referred to as the central nervous system) are no exception. With age, damage due to traumatic brain... click to read more

  • Nathan J. Michaels | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Jason R. Plemel | Assistant Professor at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Views 3534
Reading time 4.5 min
published on May 11, 2021