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Tag: optogenetics

July 2015

Rodent learning sheds light on missed social cues in autism

by  /  28 July 2015

Many people with autism have trouble interpreting and responding to social cues. Studying how rats learn from each other can provide insights into the human social brain, says Amiel Rosenkranz.

May 2015
Week of MayMay

Spotted: Bright idea; IMFAR frenzy

by  /  15 May 2015

This sweet story behind optogenetics will inspire you, and autism experts swarm Salt Lake City.

November 2014

See-through sensor offers window into brain activity

by  /  26 November 2014

A transparent sensor crafted from thin sheets of carbon allows researchers to record brain activity in mice, reports a paper published 20 October in Nature Communications.


New ‘hands-free’ device controls mouse movements

by  /  17 November 2014

With a tiny diode inserted into a mouse’s skull, researchers can stimulate its neurons while it runs freely on an exercise wheel or crawls through cardboard tubes, they reported yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


Reactions from SfN 2014

by  /  14 November 2014

Tune in for daily updates and reactions from attendees at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

August 2014

Deep-brain neurons’ glow reveals elements of social circuits

by  /  13 August 2014

Light-transmitting cables implanted deep in mouse brains reveal connections between brain regions that control social interactions, according to a study published 19 June in Cell.

June 2014

Modified protein switches neurons off in response to light

by  /  4 June 2014

A much-celebrated technique called optogenetics causes neurons to fire in response to flashes of light. Researchers have now figured out how to use the method to switch neurons off, reports a study published 25 April in Science.

May 2014

Brain-wide map links fruit fly behaviors to neurons

by  /  21 May 2014

Triggering neuron activity with flashes of light allows scientists to tie behaviors in fruit fly larvae to specific neuron groups, reports a study published 25 April in Science. The study catalogs the associations between neurons and the movements they control.

March 2014

New molecules help researchers orchestrate brain activity

by  /  12 March 2014

Using newly discovered molecules from algae, researchers can control the activity of two families of neurons in a single mouse or fly, they reported 9 February in Nature Methods.

November 2013

Miniature cable reads a mouse’s sense of reward

by  /  20 November 2013

A tiny fiber-optic probe inserted into the reward center of the mouse brain monitors how the mouse feels about meeting a peer — or a golf ball. The unpublished technique was presented last week at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.