NeuroBlog

Student-submitted articles representing the latest and greatest in all neuro-related fields.
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Intracranial Electrodes? Poor Epileptics!

posted Nov 16, 2010, 9:27 AM by Sami Rae F   [ updated Nov 16, 2010, 9:33 AM ]

Props to Roberto, who says...

TEDxBerkeley - Bradley Voytek - 04/03/10


"I would like to share with you a TEDxTalk that touches on this subject, which I thought was pretty neat.  Feel free to watch the whole thing, but forward to around the 7 minute mark in Dr. Voytek's talk for more on intracranial electrode implants and the research subjects used for invasive procedures in human studies.  If his surname sounds or his face looks familiar, it's because he's been in the news recently due to his "talk about ZOMBIES!" approach to educating the public about neuroscience."

How the pen trumps the keyboard...

posted Oct 18, 2010, 9:47 AM by Sami Rae F

How Handwriting Trains the Brain
(The Wall Street Journal: Business: Oct. 5, 2010)
Researchers are finding that writing by hand is more than just a way to communicate. The practice helps with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea composition and expression, and may aid fine motor-skill development. It's not just children who benefit. Adults studying new symbols, such as Chinese characters, might enhance recognition by writing the characters by hand, researchers say. Some physicians say handwriting could be a good cognitive exercise for baby boomers working to keep their minds sharp as they age. Studies suggest there's real value in learning and maintaining this ancient skill, even as we increasingly communicate electronically via keyboards big and small. Indeed, technology often gets blamed for handwriting's demise. But in an interesting twist, new software for touch-screen devices, such as the iPad, is starting to reinvigorate the practice.

Of Mice and Memory

posted Sep 22, 2010, 7:55 AM by Sami Rae F   [ updated Sep 22, 2010, 11:55 AM ]

Cognition and memory improve dramatically in mice when brain compound levels were decreased.

ScienceDaily (July 6, 2010) — For the first time, scientists have linked a brain compound called kynurenic acid to cognition, possibly opening doors for new ways to enhance memory function and treat catastrophic brain diseases, according to a new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. When researchers decreased the levels of kynurenic acid in the brains of mice, their cognition was shown to improve markedly, according to the study, which was published in the July issue of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. The study is the result of decades of pioneering research in the lab of Robert Schwarcz, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry, pediatrics and pharmacology and experimental therapeutics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine


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