A recent Stanford research report provides new details on the workings of Parkinson’s disease that may carry implications for future treatment as well as for other similar ailments.
When Katherine Gjertsen ’21 and her classmates dissected a sheep brain during section for PSYCH 50: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience, she said she was delighted.
“It was insane in the brain,” Gjertsen said.
Sheep brain dissection is one among many interesting activities planned for students in PSYCH 50, a course that aims to provide an in-depth exploration of cognitive function in the brain, including perception, hearing, memory, learning, consciousness, attention and decision making.
It may seem unlikely that studying the mechanics of concrete would inform brain research. However, Ellen Kuhl, mechanical engineering professor and head researcher for the Living Matter Lab, started out studying the molecular interactions of concrete and is now applying this understanding to the field of neuroscience, where her research has led to groundbreaking discoveries about neurological disorders.
Scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have uncovered details about the structure of a two-part protein that may fuel the development of new drugs for mental disorders such as depression, schizophrenia and anxiety.
A team of Stanford researchers has discovered that a molecule previously thought to exclusively play a role in the immune system is in fact both necessary and sufficient for pruning connections between neurons in the visual system, in a breakthrough that opens the door to further advances in the field.
Stanford researchers have identified an elastic-like protein matrix called spectrin that increases the stability of nerves that sense touch.
Researchers in the Stanford Human Intracranial Cognitive Electrophysiology program recently identified the specific cluster of neurons in the brain that recognizes numerals.
A team of Stanford researchers was recently able to transform skin cells from individuals with a rare autism-linked condition known as Timothy syndrome into full-fledged brain cells, presenting another look at potential genetic precursors of autism.