Learning difficulties due to poor connectivity, not specific brain regions
on February 27, 2020 at 4:44 pm
Different learning difficulties do not correspond to specific regions of the brain, as previously thought, say researchers. Instead poor connectivity between 'hubs' within the brain is much more strongly related to children's difficulties.
Antidepressant harms baby neurons in lab-grown 'mini-brains'
on February 21, 2020 at 1:48 pm
Researchers have demonstrated the use of stem-cell-derived 'mini-brains' to detect harmful side effects of a common drug on the developing brain. Mini-brains are miniature human brain models, developed with human cells and barely visible to the human eye, whose cellular mechanisms mimic those of the developing human brain.
Empathy can be detected in people whose brains are at rest
on February 18, 2020 at 8:23 pm
Researchers have found that it is possible to assess a person's ability to feel empathy by studying their brain activity while they are resting rather than while they are engaged in specific tasks.
Disease-causing repeats help human neurons function
on February 17, 2020 at 4:27 pm
Researchers found that repeats in the gene that causes Fragile X Syndrome normally regulate how and when proteins are made in neurons.
Key modifier identified in large genetic deletion related to neurodevelopmental disorders
on February 14, 2020 at 6:41 pm
Neurodevelopmental disorders, including schizophrenia and autism, likely result from complex interactions that modify the effects of individual genes, according to new research.