A study suggests that spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic neuromuscular disease in infants and children, results primarily from motor circuit dysfunction, not motor neuron or muscle cell dysfunction, as is commonly thought. In a second study, the researchers identified the molecular pathway in SMA that leads to problems with motor function.
Researchers attempt to improve robot behavior by means of perception models closer to those of humans. One of the experiments involves a robot simulation in which an agent has to discriminate between what we could call an acne pimple and a bite or lump on the skin.
The findings in fruit fly larvae demonstrate the first known function for the sensory neurons and provide insights that could broaden the understanding of chronic pain syndromes in humans.
Researchers electronically linked the brains of pairs of rats for the first time, enabling them to communicate directly to solve simple behavioral puzzles. A further test of this work successfully linked the brains of two animals thousands of miles apart - one in Durham, N.C., and one in Natal, Brazil.
Mouse whisker research reveals a signaling pathway which relays touch signals to the brain.
A new study reports a protein which controls metamorphosis in Drosophila could play a role in reversing brain injuries.
Researchers have developed a new technique which allows them to convert human skin cells into sensory neurons, a new study reports.
A new study reports long term memories might not be stored in synapses, as was previously thought.
Researchers report sensory nerves allow brown fat to communicate with the brain while the fat is generating heat.
Researchers deconstruct the vagus nerve.
Studying bats, researchers discover how the sense of touch plays a key role in powered flight.