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Learning to stop: two types of neurons cooperate to adjust behaviour

We continuously learn about the consequences of our actions and change our behaviour accordingly so we can in future repeat a response that produced the desired outcome and hold back learned behaviours that are no longer appropriate. Imagine you are hungry and go to the... click to read more

  • Miriam Matamales | Research Fellow at School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Views 1414
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 19, 2021
How your body knows to shout ‘ouch’

Ouch! — we often can't help shouting when stubbing a toe or getting a finger squashed in a door. These are everyday experiences that elicit pain. But how do we actually recognize those experiences as painful? Why is pain precious? Pain sensing begins with specialized nerve... click to read more

  • Lou Beaulieu-Laroche | PhD Student at McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Views 1055
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 5, 2021
How machine intelligence helps in translating the neural code

When we look at the world before us, we experience a unified scene of shapes and colors. But individual neurons in our brain do not. They are microscopic automata that can only emit electrical impulses when specific shape patterns appear in their little territory of... click to read more

  • Carlos Ponce | Professor at Washington University at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, United States
Views 3184
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 11, 2020
Evolution does not care

Cells form the biological unit of all living organisms. But, like organisms, cells go through a life cycle: new cells emerge after cell division, they live, they age and they die. In some cases cell death is necessary for the organism's development and life. However,... click to read more

  • Thomas Wilhelm | PhD student at Institute of Molecular Biology, Ackermannweg 4 55128 Mainz, Germany
  • Holger Richly | Professor at Institute of Molecular Biology, Ackermannweg 4 55128 Mainz, Germany
Views 3642
Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 7, 2018
Alzheimer’s: A New Approach to Treating an Old Disease

"Memory is all we are. Take a man's memories and you take all of him." (Mark Lawrence). Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. It is the only one of the top ten causes of death in the US for which there is... click to read more

  • Pamela Maher | Research Assistant at Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 3, 2018