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Researching the Brain, Seeking Cures

Ultrahigh resolution, high-speed imaging of fruit fly brains has allowed University of Oregon scientists to capture mechanical motions that stem cells use to make neurons, the cells that make up the brain.
Using high-resolution imaging and 3D computer modeling, a University of Oregon research team has found that the branching arms of neurons weave through space in a way that balances their need to connect to other neurons with the costs of doing so.
BU neuroscientists are working to understand which parts of the brain are used to process sensory information and remember different skills.
Thanks to a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, a group of Michigan State University researchers are working on ways robot-assisted learning can help patients improve common daily activities.
UW researchers report that in a sample of more than 400 6- to 12-month-old infants, those who were later diagnosed with autism were more likely to have had difficulty falling asleep. This sleep difficulty was associated with altered growth trajectories in the hippocampus.
According to a new study led by Michigan State University, a larger hippocampus, a curved, seahorse-shaped structure embedded deep in the brain, does not always reliably predict learning and memory abilities in older adults.
Concussions are more than twice as prevalent among college students than previously believed and significantly more likely to occur off the playing field than on, according to a CU Boulder study.
A new study from Michigan State University researchers on a rare genetic disease provides insights into autism, epilepsy and cognitive impairment.
New research from Michigan State University conducted the longest study on narcissism to date, revealing how it changes over time.
Stanford University has found a link between levels of “bad” cholesterol at birth and subsequent childhood behavior could help identify and treat people who are prone to experiencing depression and other mental difficulties.