An experiment published in the 28 September issue of Nature in which rats are "teleported" shows how memory is organized into discrete 125 millisecond-long packets, enabling a smooth transition between one memory and the next.
Arthur Horwich, Sterling Professor of Genetics & Pediatrics, received the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation for his work on the process of protein folding, or formation.
Researchers performed the first recordings of prefrontal cortical (PFC) neurons from aged monkeys performing a spatial working memory task. They found a marked, age-related reduction in the persistent network firing that is essential for working memory, the building block of higher cognition.
A new study published July 27 in the journal Nature shows that the neural networks in the brains of the middle-aged and elderly have weaker connections and fire less robustly than in youthful ones. Intriguingly, note the scientists, the research suggests that this condition is reversible.
Feel uneasy with an anthropomorphic robot, playing a video game or watching an animated movie, where the human characters are realistic but not quite right? If yes, then you’ve probably visited what’s called the “uncanny valley.”
At the White House, President Barack Obama met the seven U.S. recipients of the 2010 Kavli Prizes to recognize and honor their seminal contributions to the three fields for which the Prizes are awarded -- astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.