A Nature Neuroscience study reveals the normal role of alpha-synuclein, a protein implicated in Parkinson's disease. Researchers say understanding how the protein normally acts may give insights into how it might fail.
In socially awkward situations when a person is caught staring and averts their eyes, a third-party observer does not reflexively follow their gaze. The brain tells the observer there is no significance to the location where the embarrassed person has turned their attention.
Those who have experienced community violence or abuse may have problems when it comes to trusting new people, even those who are deemed 'good' or morally righteous.
A new clinical trial is underway to test ibudilast, an asthma drug approved in Japan, for the treatment of severe COVID-19. Ibudilast is a MIF inhibitor. MIF is a gene that regulates immune response and is a driver of inflammation which results in the cytokine storm associated with coronavirus.
Neuroimaging reveals when babies focus their attention, they utilize areas of the frontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with more advanced functions and previously believed to be immature in children under a year of age.
Researchers reveal how the macrophages become inflamed as we age and prevent neurotransmitters from functioning correctly.
Reduced connectivity between the amygdala and ventrolateral prefrontal cortex has been identified in children on the autism spectrum who exhibit disruptive behaviors, compared to those on the spectrum who do not. Findings suggest this distinct brain network could be independent of core autism symptoms.