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How brain structures grow as memory develops

Our ability to store memories improves during childhood, associated with structural changes in the hippocampus and its connections with prefrontal and parietal cortices. New research from UC Davis is exploring how these brain regions develop at this crucial time. Eventually, …
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Obama’s BRAIN Initiative: UC Davis reaction

President Obama yesterday announced the broad outlines of a major new plan to study the human brain. The President is proposing a budget of about $110 million in 2o14 for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative, drawn from …
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IgNobel for showing chimps can recognize each other, front and back

Researcher Jennifer Pokorny is now the second UC Davis affiliate to win a prestigious Ig Nobel Prize. Pokorny collected the prize, which she shared with Frans de Waal of The Netherlands, at the annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard …
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Two grad students win Hughes scholarships

Two international graduate students at UC Davis, Liang-Tien (Frank) Hsieh from Taiwan and Andrea Ferrero from Italy, have received International Student Research Fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The scholarships are worth $43,000 a year to support the third …
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Routing brain traffic for maximum alertness

A new UC Davis study shows how the brain reconfigures its functional connections to take best advantage of our knowledge of situations and minimize distractions. “In order to behave efficiently, you want to process relevant sensory information as fast as …
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Mystery of teen brains headlines Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week kicks off March 12 with a series of activities including visits to local schools by graduate students and researchers, a stall at the Davis Farmer’s Market, and a public lecture on the teenage brain. Amanda Guyer, assistant …
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Ten elected as AAAS Fellows

Ten UC Davis faculty members are among 503 new fellows elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science this year for their efforts to advance science or its applications. The new fellows will be presented with a certificate …
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Video: Paul Ekman on compassion, deceit and facial recognition

Paul Ekman, a world-renowned behavioral neuroscientist and the inventor of the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) visited the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain last week. In this video, Clifford Saron talks to Ekman about his work on compassion …
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Scientists at work II: Brain slicing at UCSD

While physicists at CERN are living on coffee and adrenaline, neuroscientists at UC San Diego are engaged in a patient, painstaking procedure: over several days, they have been slicing the brain of HM, an amnesic patient who died in December …
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Where in your brain do you change your mind?

From Phyllis Brown, UC Davis Health System Public Affairs When you rationalize driving your SUV with the world growing ever warmer or smoking with the threat of lung cancer looming, a distinct area in the middle of the frontal lobes …
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