High-Resolution Mapping Technique Uncovers Underlying Circuit Architecture of the Brain

The microscope image shows nerve cells in the mouse brain that have been labeled with a modified rabies virus. These cells send direct connections to striatum, a region of the brain that regulates voluntary movement. The striatum is disrupted in degenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease. Image: Courtesy of Nicholas Wall, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

The power of the brain lies in its trillions of intercellular connections, called synapses that together form complex neural “networks.” While neuroscientists have long sought to map these individual connections to see how they influence specific brain functions, traditional techniques have been unsuccessful. Now, scientists at the Salk Institute and [...]

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“Big Givers” Get Punished for Being Nonconformists

“Big Givers” Get Punished for Being Nonconformists

People punish generous group members by rejecting them socially — even though the generosity benefits everyone — because the “big givers” are nonconformists, according to a Baylor University study. The study, published in the journal Social Science Research, showed that besides socially rejecting especially generous givers, others even “paid” to punish [...]

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Music Professor Creates Device for Speech, Cognitive Therapy

The Sonik Spring

On his way to creating a digital accordion, assistant music professor J. Tomás Henriques stumbled upon a device with unique therapeutic applications that he envisions using to treat speech and hearing disorders and memory loss, among other things. Called Sonik Spring, Henriques’s invention is a 15-inch metal spring resembling a [...]

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