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Ketamine acts fast to treat depression and its effects last — but how?

Researchers describe the molecular mechanisms behind ketamine’s ability to squash depression and keep it at bay.

Scientists solve the case of the missing subplate, with wide implications for brain science

A new study shows that a group of neurons, previously thought to die in the course of development, in fact become incorporated into the brain’s cortex. This research has implications for understanding — and possibly treating –several brain disorders.

Waking up is hard to do: Prefrontal cortex implicated in consciousness

Researchers discover that stimulating the prefrontal cortex can induce wake-like behavior in anesthetized rats.

Fundamental rule of brain plasticity

A series of complex experiments in the visual cortex of mice has yielded a simple rule about plasticity: When a synapse strengthens, others immediately nearby weaken.

Changes in stress after meditation

or a thousand years, people have reported feeling better by meditating but there are few systematic studies that quantified stress and how much stress changes as a direct result of meditation, until now.

Study reveals new cause of depression

Understanding the interactions of a hormone receptor that regulates sleep and feeding may help to design innovative ways of treating depression.