Latest News

Birth gets the brain ready to sense the world

Neurons that process sensory information are arranged in precise, well-characterized maps that are crucial for translating perception into understanding. A study reveals that the actual act of birth in mice causes a reduction in a brain chemical called serotonin in the newborn mice, triggering sensory maps to form. The findings shed light on the role of a dramatic environmental event in the development of neural circuits and reveal that birth prepares newborns for survival.
View full story

Post your comment.

Name:
Email:
Rating:
Comment:
Verification
 

  • Psychotic patients distinguished from controls while watching movie Alice in Wonderland

  • Clinical trial shows first treatment for ?emotional flatness? associated with schizophrenia

  • Food may be addictive: Food craving may be 'hard-wired' in the brain

  • Testosterone changes brain structures in female-to-male transsexuals

  • Cold weather associated with higher risk of severe heart attack

  • Cold weather linked to increased stroke risk in atrial fibrillation patients

  • How can we prevent suicide? Major study shows risk factors associated with depression

  • Scientists show how magnetic pulses change the brain in treatment for depressed patients

  • A single cocaine dose lowers perceptions of sadness and anger

  • Better signs could help reduce friction between motorists, bicyclists

  •