Our regular weekly roundup of brain science news starts off with a story written by Lisa Sanders, M.D., in the New York Times. It concerns an unusual case of migraine that turned out to be something else, and underlines the need for looking beyond obvious diagnoses. Intervention with an antioxidant early in the Parkinson’s disease… Read more

What Are Interneurons?

Interneurons are types of nerve cells, typically found in integrative areas of the central nervous system, whose axons (and dendrites) are limited to a single brain area. This feature distinguishes them from principal cells, which often have axonal projections outside the brain area where their cell bodies and dendrites are located. Principal neurons and their… Read more

Scientists have gained a clearer understanding of how our brains form memories of everyday events. Nerve cells in an area of the brain called the medial temporal lobe play an important role in the fast formation of new memories about personal experiences and life events, researchers at the University of Leicester and colleagues in the… Read more

Rats’ brains simulate journeys to a desired future, such as a yummy meal, when they rest, new University College London research says. Brain activity in rats was monitored by the researchers, first as the animals looked at food in a location they couldn’t reach, next as they rested in a separate chamber, and finally as… Read more