Role of Hippocampus in future thinking and scene construction

Over the past decade, researchers have learned that the hippocampus historically known for its role in forming memories is involved in much more than just remembering the past; it plays an important role in imagining events in the future. Yet, scientists still do not know precisely how the hippocampus contributes to episodic imagining until now.… Continue reading Role of Hippocampus in future thinking and scene construction

Research shows new understanding on how working memory is stored in brain

Working memory is integral part of  cognitive process and it involves short term memory. Previous research shown that  it depends on sustained, elevated brain activity. However researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison have shown that humans can hold information in working memory via “activity-silent” synaptic mechanisms. Their study is published in journal Science. According to Brad Postle,… Continue reading Research shows new understanding on how working memory is stored in brain

Treating traumatic nerve injury with 4-aminopyridine

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center believe they have identified a new means of enhancing the body’s ability to repair its own cells, which they hope will lead to better diagnosis and treatment of traumatic nerve injuries, like those sustained in car accidents, sports injuries, or in combat. The research team showed that… Continue reading Treating traumatic nerve injury with 4-aminopyridine

Research shows meninges contain neural progenitor stem cells

In a cross-domain study directed by professor Peter Carmeliet, researchers discovered unexpected cells in the protective membranes that enclose the brain, the so-called meninges. These ‘neural progenitors’ – or stem cells that differentiate into different kinds of neurons – are produced during embryonic development. These findings show that the neural progenitors found in the meninges… Continue reading Research shows meninges contain neural progenitor stem cells