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A unique neural circuit in the cortex controls how internal states affect our ability to learn from outside experience

Bats use social maps

A new study on bats reveals the cells that link our social connections to our internal spatial maps 

faces and firing neurons

How does the brain impose boundaries on free recollection?

Humans are exposed to stress at different intensities throughout life

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute prevented the onset of eating disorders through dietary intervention

synchronized signals in the cortex

A decades-old debate on the way signals create perception is resolved

Brain tissue from genetically engineered mice

A new neural mechanism is found to regulate the chronic stress response

bats orient themselves to a destination

Researchers identify the cells that orient bats – and possibly humans – toward a destination

brain and headphones

Patients may overgeneralize their responses to stimuli, harmful or not

To understand the relationships between the “words” encoded in the retinal responses to film clips, the researchers analyzed and plotted them on a 3-D graph on which they attempted to preserve the relations between the words. Each balloon covers all the words that belong to the same sematic cluster. The fact that the balloons are so distinct shows the underlying “synonym” organization of neuron communication

The brain’s communications networks may use synonyms to avoid misunderstandings

(l-r) bottom: Tamar Gross, Prof. Lea Eisenbach, Dr. Esther Tzehoval and Zoya Alteber; middle row: David Bassan and Adi Sharbi-Yunger; top row: Lior Roitman, Mareike Grees and Adam Solomon

New strategies might help the immune system outwit cancer cells