Life at the Top: Alpha males exhibit much higher stress hormone levels

Life at the Top: Rank and Stress in Wild Male Baboons Laurence R. Gesquiere1,*, Niki H. Learn1, M. Carolina M. Simao1, Patrick O. Onyango1, Susan C. Alberts2,3 Jeanne Altmann 1 Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544. USA. 2 Department of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA. 3 Institute of Primate … Continue reading

Milestone: The X-ray Crystal structure of the voltage gated sodium channel

The crystal structure of a voltage-gated sodium channel Jian Payandeh, Todd Scheuer, Ning Zheng & William A. Catterall Department of Pharmacology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195, USA Jian Payandeh, Todd Scheuer, Ning Zheng & William A. Catterall Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195, USA Ning Zheng Voltage-gated sodium (NaV) channels … Continue reading

Cortical Neural Prostheses turns memory on an off

A cortical neural prosthesis for restoring and enhancing memory Theodore W Berger1, Robert E Hampson2, Dong Song1, Anushka Goonawardena2, Vasilis Z Marmarelis1 and Sam A Deadwyler2 1 Depatment of Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA 2 Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA ABSTRACT A primary objective … Continue reading

Statistical Parametric Mapping

Great introduction on the utility of SPM in functional brain imaging. http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/doc/intro/

Motor imagery enhances arousal level, lower limb performance, and technical execution of movement.

Benefits of motor imagery training on muscle strength. Lebon F, Collet C, Guillot A. Source Centre of Research and Innovation in Sport, Laboratory of Mental Processes and Motor Performance, University Claude Bernard Lyon I, University of Lyon, Villeurbanne, France. J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Jun;24(6):1680-7. Abstract It is well established that motor imagery (MI) improves … Continue reading

Sustained aerobic exercise has potential as a smoking cessation treatment in women

Acute effects of moderate intensity aerobic exercise on affective withdrawal symptoms and cravings among women smokers. Addict Behav. 2011 Aug;36(8):894-7. Epub 2011 Apr 15. Williams DM, Dunsiger S, Whiteley JA, Ussher MH, Ciccolo JT, Jennings EG. Source Brown University, United States. Abstract A growing number of laboratory studies have shown that acute bouts of aerobic … Continue reading

BrainAligner: 3D registration altases of Drosophila brains

BrainAligner: 3D registration altases of Drosophila brains Hanchuan Peng, Phuong Chung, Fuhui Long, Lei Qu, Arnim Jenett, Andrew M Seeds, Eugene W Myers & Julie H Simpson Abstract Analyzing Drosophila melanogaster neural expression patterns in thousands of three-dimensional image stacks of individual brains requires registering them into a canonical framework based on a fiducial reference … Continue reading

Cortical Blinks (microsleep) occur during wakefulness affecting behavior

Local sleep in awake rats Vladyslav V. Vyazovskiy, Umberto Olcese, Erin C. Hanlon, Yuval Nir, Chiara Cirelli & Giulio Tononi AffiliationsContributionsCorresponding author Nature 472, 443–447 (28 April 2011) doi:10.1038/nature10009 Received 30 August 2010 Accepted 17 March 2011 Published online 27 April 2011 ABSTRACT In an awake state, neurons in the cerebral cortex fire irregularly and … Continue reading

Flexibility and selection precision’ predicts your susceptibility to learning

Dynamic reconfiguration of human brain networks during learning Danielle S. Bassett ∗, Nicholas F. Wymbs †, Mason A. Porter ‡ §, Peter J. Mucha ¶ ￿, Jean M. Carlson ∗ , and Scott T. Grafton † ∗Complex Systems Group, Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA,†Department of Psychology and UCSB Brain … Continue reading

Baddeley’s Model of Working Memory

Working memory. Baddeley A. Medical Research Council, Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom. Science. 1992 Jan 31;255(5044):556-9. Abstract The term working memory refers to a brain system that provides temporary storage and manipulation of the information necessary for such complex cognitive tasks as language comprehension, learning, and reasoning. This definition has evolved from the concept … Continue reading

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