Brain Cell

  • Cells that help brain to measure time decoded November 1, 2012

    Washington: Scientists have found a population of neurons that help in measuring time, suggesting that there is no "central clock" in the brain to rely upon for all tasks involving timing. Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) developed a task in which monkeys could...
  • Heavy drinking blocks long-term memory formation July 11, 2011

    Washington: Ever wondered why you end up missing some memories after a good night out? It's because your brain cells release steroids that block formation of long-term memories, scientists say. It's been believed that heavy drinking kills brains cells, which in turn causes memory losses. But, the new study found that...
  • Culprit gene behind Alzheimer's identified January 13, 2011

    Toronto: There is cheering news for Alzheimer's patients and people with Down's syndrome as Canadian researchers have identified the gene that destroys brain cells in these diseases. According to researchers at the Vancouver-based University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, the identification of the gene responsible...
  • Cause of schizophrenia found? January 12, 2011

    Washington: In what could be a possible cause of schizophrenia, scientists claim to have found a link between the condition and trapped brain cells that are unable to reach the cortex, the brain's outer part. A new study, led by University of New South Wales, has claimed that brain cells...
  • Searching the net is an intelligent thing to do October 15, 2008

    Chicago: Searching the Internet may help middle-aged and older adults keep their memories sharp, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles studied people doing Web searches while their brain activity was recorded with functional magnetic resonance imaging scans. "What we saw was people who...
  • Humpback whales smarter than you think November 28, 2006

    Washington: Humpback whales have a type of brain cell seen only in humans, the great apes, and other cetaceans such as dolphins, US researchers reported on Monday. This might mean such whales are more intelligent than they have been given credit for, and suggests the basis for complex brains either evolved...