Gene mutation enhances cognitive flexibility in mice
on March 27, 2020 at 6:15 pm
Researchers have discovered in mice what they believe is the first known genetic mutation to improve cognitive flexibility -- the ability to adapt to changing situations.
Optimizing use of the 'hug hormone' to help those with social difficulties
on March 3, 2020 at 4:33 pm
New research has provided important insight into how oxytocin could be administered in a more targeted and effective way to help treat social problems that occur in a range of psychiatric disorders.
The neural basis of sensory hypersensitivity
on March 2, 2020 at 4:33 pm
A study reveals a neural circuit that appears to underlie sensory hypersensitivity in a mouse model of autism, offering a possible strategy for developing new treatments.
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.