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What does the sleeping brain think about?

What does the sleeping brain think about?

Thanks to a unique system that decodes brain activity during sleep, a UNIGE team is deciphering the neuronal mechanisms of memory consolidation. We sleep on average one third of our time. But what does the brain do during these long hours? Using an artificial...

Brain functional connectivity in Tourette syndrome

Brain functional connectivity in Tourette syndrome

Tourette syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder, causes motor and phonic “tics,” or uncontrollable repeated behaviors and vocalizations. People affected by Tourette syndrome can often suppress these tics for some time before the urges become overwhelming, and...

The Brain Bible Giveaway

The Brain Bible Giveaway

Congrats Seian from New South Wales for being our winner! Learn more as a member of The Science of Psychotherapy! Get access to hundreds of articles, videos, and a community of mental health professionals to help you understand the art and the...

Mythic Imagination Today with Terry Marks-Tarlow

Mythic Imagination Today with Terry Marks-Tarlow

Today we catch up with regular contributor to The Science of Psychotherapy, Dr Terry Marks-Tarlow, who talks to us today about her latest writing Mythic Imagination Today: The Interpenetration of Mythology and Science. For more about Dr Marks-Tarlow go to her website...

Memory making involves extensive DNA breaking

Memory making involves extensive DNA breaking

To quickly express genes needed for learning and memory, brain cells snap both strands of DNA in many more places and cell types than previously realized, a new study shows The urgency to remember a dangerous experience requires the brain to make a series of...

The Key Role of Astrocytes in Cognitive Development

The Key Role of Astrocytes in Cognitive Development

Astrocytes are cells in the brain which have long been considered only as mere support cells for neurons. In recent years, the study of astrocytes has grown, gradually revealing their importance in brain function. Researchers from Inserm, CNRS and Collège de France at...

Scientists discover a new class of neurons for remembering faces

Scientists discover a new class of neurons for remembering faces

Scientists have long searched in vain for a class of brain cells that could explain the visceral flash of recognition that we feel when we see a very familiar face, like that of our grandmothers. But the proposed “grandmother neuron”—a single cell at the crossroads of...

The Gateway to Conscious Awareness

The Gateway to Conscious Awareness

Researchers find out how some sensory information breaks through to conscious experience. During our waking hours, the brain is receiving a near-constant influx of sensory signals of various strengths. For decades, scientists have wondered why some signals rise to the...

The Science of Psychotherapy July 2021

The Science of Psychotherapy July 2021

As COVID-19 vaccines roll out around the globe there is a feeling that something about the way we have lived has ended and a new way of life is beginning. How many times in history has this been true for the whole world: that a single event has irrevocably changed the...

Bacteria are connected to how babies experience fear

Bacteria are connected to how babies experience fear

New research from MSU shows that an infant’s gut microbiome could contain clues to help monitor and support healthy neurological development Why do some babies react to perceived danger more than others? According to new research from Michigan State University and the...

Feel-good hormone dopamine affects passion and autism

Feel-good hormone dopamine affects passion and autism

Dopamine is often called the “happy” or “feel-good” hormone. It can help explain both autistic behaviours and men’s need for passion in order to succeed. Men – more often than women – need passion to succeed at things. At the same time, boys are diagnosed as being on...

How neurons get past “no”

How neurons get past “no”

Inhibitory neurons target the weakest-responding neurons in the brain to facilitate transmission of signals When looking at a complex landscape, the eye needs to focus in on important details without losing the big picture—a charging lion in a jungle, for example....

Running to music helps combat mental fatigue

Running to music helps combat mental fatigue

Listening to music while running might be the key to improving people’s performance when they feel mentally fatigued a study suggests. The performance of runners who listened to a self-selected playlist after completing a demanding thinking task was at the same level...

Non-invasive potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

Non-invasive potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

Ultrasound can overcome some of the detrimental effects of ageing and dementia without the need to cross the blood-brain barrier, Queensland Brain Institute researchers have found. Professor Jürgen Götz led a multidisciplinary team at QBI’s Clem Jones Centre for...

Inflammatory proteins may slow cognitive decline in aging adults

Inflammatory proteins may slow cognitive decline in aging adults

An unexpected discovery: Inflammatory proteins may slow cognitive decline in aging adults Research has previously linked inflammation to Alzheimer’s disease (AD), yet scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Harvard Aging Brain Study (HABS) have...

Picky neurons

Picky neurons

In the visual thalamus, neurons are in contact with both eyes but respond to only one The visual thalamus is classically known to relay visual stimuli coming from the retina to the cerebral cortex. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology now show...