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Anterior Intraparietal Cortex: Small Patch Encodes Body Movements

A small patch of neurons in the brain can encode the movements of many body parts, report researchers in the laboratory of Caltech’s Richard Andersen. Understanding this neural code could help improve the lives of people with paralysis or with motor deficits from neurological diseases such as a stroke. The motor cortex, the region of […]

Thalamic Inhibition Locked To Slow Oscillation Up-states Impairs Memory

Manipulating sleep spindle oscillations at the right timing affects memory, scientists at the Korean Institute for Basic Science have shown for the first time. The researchers, in collaboration with the University of Tüebingen, enhanced or reduced mouse memorization skills by modulating specific synchronized brain waves during deep sleep. Have you ever tried to recall something […]

Where And What Is Happening In Your Brain When You Sleep?

Padraic Monaghan, Lancaster University Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body, including the brain, to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on our brain […]