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Dim Light May Change Brain Structure

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Lily Yan, associate professor of psychology, Antonio Nunez, professor of psychology. Joel Soler, doctoral student in psychology.

Spending too much time in dimly lit rooms and offices may actually change the brain’s structure and hurt one’s ability to remember and learn, indicates groundbreaking research by…

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New Discovery Deepens Understanding of Brain

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Shane Crandall

An exploration of the deepest and most-mysterious layer of the cortex in mice by researchers at Michigan State University and Brown University has revealed new circuits that may…

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Wildcat Brains: An Evolutionary Curveball

Monday, October 31, 2016
wild african leopard looking down from a branch of a tree

The brains of wild cats don’t necessarily respond to the same evolutionary pressures as those of their fellow mammals, humans and primates, indicates a surprising new study led…

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Spinal Tap Proven Safe for Malaria Patients

Friday, October 28, 2016
Doug Postels, associate professor of Neurology And Ophthalmology, poses on Wednesday

A Michigan State University researcher is challenging a widely held African belief that a spinal tap, a procedure safely used to treat other diseases, could suck the brain…

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Meditation Keeps Emotional Brain in Check

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Jason Moser and Yanli Lin

Meditation can help tame your emotions even if you’re not a mindful person, suggests a new study from Michigan State University. Reporting in the journal Frontiers in Human…

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Are Brain Changes Fueling Overeating in the Obese?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Alexander Johnson

Obese mice are much more likely than lean mice to overeat in the presence of environmental cues, a behavior that could be related to changes in the brain,…

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Healthy Brains Provide Insights into Schizophrenia

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
human brain

The brains of healthy relatives of people with schizophrenia may hold a clue to better understand – and ultimately treat – the devastating illness, finds new research led…

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Research Surprise: Visual Cortex Can Make Decisions

Monday, October 5, 2015

The part of the brain responsible for seeing is more powerful than previously believed. In fact, the visual cortex can essentially make decisions just like the brain’s traditional…

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Studying Brain and Language Connectivity

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Stop by the EEG Lab in B418 Wells Hall on the Michigan State Univeristy campus, most any day, and you’re likely to find Professor Alan Beretta, a grad…

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Shedding New Light on Learning Disorders

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Child Health Day, Oct. 5, 2015 A Michigan State University researcher has discovered the first anatomical evidence that the brains of children with a nonverbal learning disability –…

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