The motivation for natural rewards such as food, sex and exercise, and also of drugs such as nicotine, relies on neurons in the brain’s reward system, based in a brain … Continue Reading Molecular ‘switch’ reduces nicotine’s effect on the brain in animal model.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have perfected a noninvasive ‘chemogenetic’ technique that allows them to switch off a specific behaviour in … Continue Reading New chemogenetic tool is the first to target different kinds of receptors on a neuron sequentially.
Sleep is a critical period for memory consolidation, and most people don’t get enough. Research has shown that even brief periods of sleep deprivation can lead to deficits in memory … Continue Reading Neural circuit identified, and tweaked, to prevent memory-loss caused by sleep deprivation.
The more curious a person is about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. New research from the University of New South Wales provides insights … Continue Reading Researchers begin to map curiosity, enhanced learning in the brain.