Impulsivity Multifaceted, Linked to Serotonin and Dopamine Systems
What do you most remember about being eighteen? For me, it is the impulsiveness. Cruising into tattoo parlors and blurting out little-considered ideas for permanent ink designs and various piercings. Jumping off a pier in Greece only to realize I’d have to swim quite far to find an exit,... Read more
Does Family Income Alter Brain Structure? One Study Says Yes.
In the United States there is one idea that is universally cherished – the idea of the American dream. At the heart of this construction is the belief that in a free society people are able to pull themselves up through sheer determination. It is the idea that anyone... Read more
The ABCs of Astrocytes
The central nervous system (CNS) is arguably the most important part of the human body. It includes the brain and the spinal cord. The brain is widely believed to be where all our thought originate. It compares and contrasts. It strings together words and paragraphs. It helps us to... Read more
Oxytocin and the Brain
Oxytocin is a pretty serious drug. The hormone is most well-known for its uses during labor – it is naturally released in large doses during labor and is also administered on-site as a way to begin or speed up the process. The hormone is also associated with trust and... Read more
Secreted Amyloid Precursor Protein-α for the Aging Brain
With snow white fur, curious twitchy whiskers and little red eyes, lab rats don’t resemble street rats. They are bred, groomed and sold specifically for research. They are often well-cared for clones. They are certainly cleaner than any house dog. The battery of tests run on rats are many.... Read more
Learning from Cerebral Organoids
Cerebral organoids are arguably the coolest thing happening in neuroscience. It all starts with pluripotent stem cells – which are an amazing advancement in their own right. These are adult cells that have been genetically modified to behave as stem cells. Ever wonder why the debate over the ethical... Read more
The Mouse Who Got a New Body
It may sound like something out a science fiction movie, but allogenic head and body reconstruction research is moving full speed ahead at Harbin Medical University in China. Interestingly, it isn’t the physiological challenges of joining one animal’s head to another’s body that is new. In the 1960s and... Read more
Superior Memory and… Alzheimer’s?
Growing old is a dynamic process, and no two people do it in exactly the same way. Though most people fall into a middle range of aging patterns, some fall into more extreme patterns. One such pattern is Alzheimer’s. Characterized by plaques and tangles in the brain that cause... Read more
Hypericum Perforatum as an Agent of Cognitive Enhancement in Rodents
Hypericum perforatum is not traditionally used as a nootropic agent. Known more prevalently as perforate Saint John’s wort, this flowering plant is a natural remedy to anxiety, depression and inflammation. Just because it’s natural, however, doesn’t mean it is not potent or potentially dangerous. The herb increases the amount of... Read more
The Downside of Focus
Focus. It is what allows a law student to study for the bar exam, keeps a ballerina concentrated on her craft long enough to become a master dancer and ultimately helps little kids learn to tie their shoes. Being able to hone in on a single element of our... Read more
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