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Key brain molecule may play role in many brain disorders

Scientists have identified a molecule called microRNA-29 as a powerful controller of brain maturation in mammals. Deleting microRNA-29 in mice caused problems very similar to those seen in autism, epilepsy, and other neurodevelopmental conditions. The …

‘Brain glue’ helps repair circuitry in severe TBI

In a new study, researchers have demonstrated the long-term benefits of a hydrogel, which they call ‘brain glue,’ for the treatment of traumatic brain injury. The gel protects against loss of brain tissue after a severe injury and might aid in function…

Unique mini-microscope provides insight into complex brain functions

Head-mounted device on free-moving mice reveals how regions of the brain interact.

New blueprint of brain connections reveals extensive reach of central regulator

Researchers have generated a new map of connectivity from a part of the brain called the basal ganglia, a hub for regulating motor and behavior functions. The breadth of connections revealed could potentially open avenues for intervention of Parkinson’…

Connecting the dots between engagement and learning

New collaborative research examines how changes in internal states, such as engagement, can affect the learning process using BCI technology. These findings might one day help people learn everyday skills more quickly and to a higher level of proficien…

Multilingual people have an advantage over those fluent in only two languages

Multilingual people have trained their brains to learn languages, making it easier to acquire more new languages after mastering a second or third. In addition to demystifying the seemingly herculean genius of multilinguals, researchers say these resul…