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Neuroscientist Takes the Quantified Self, and Own Brain, to the Next Level

Neuroscientist Takes the Quantified Self, and Own Brain, to the Next Level

Russell Poldrack is scanning his brain activity, charting his gene expression, and tracking his mood to an extent never before done.

Socially Isolated Rats are More Vulnerable to Addiction, Report Researchers

Social isolation during a key period of adolescence increases vulnerability to addiction as well as the difficulty of extinguishing it.

Alcoholic Fly Larvae Need Fix for Learning

Alcoholic Fly Larvae Need Fix for Learning

Fly larvae fed on alcohol-spiked food for a period of days grow dependent on those spirits for learning.

Cracking the Genetic Code of Brain Tumors

Cracking the Genetic Code of Brain Tumors

A collaboration between a college biologist and researcher at St. David's HealthCare could someday lead to personalized treatments for a deadly form of brain cancer.
Memories Serve as Tools for Learning and Decision-Making, New Study Shows

Memories Serve as Tools for Learning and Decision-Making, New Study Shows

Alison Preston, of the Center for Learning and Memory, shows that when humans learn, their brains relate new information with past experiences to derive new knowledge.

Waggoner Center Wins Grant to Develop Drug to Treat Addiction

Researchers have received a $3.3 million to develop medication to treat alcoholism and drug addiction that could target individual genes or brain signaling systems.

Parkinsonian Worms May Hold the Key to Identifying Drugs for Parkinson's Disease

Parkinsonian Worms May Hold the Key to Identifying Drugs for Parkinson's Disease

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have devised a simple test for identifying drugs that may help people with Parkinson’s disease.
Faculty Awarded NIH Grants to Study Prevention and Treatment of Neurodegenerative and Vascular Diseases

Faculty Awarded NIH Grants to Study Prevention and Treatment of Neurodegenerative and Vascular Diseases

Neurobiologist Jon Pierce-Shimomura will research nervous system degeneration, which occurs through natural aging and diseases like Alzheimer's.
Sodium Channels Evolved Before Animals’ Nervous Systems, Research Shows

Sodium Channels Evolved Before Animals’ Nervous Systems, Research Shows

An essential component of animal nervous systems—sodium channels—evolved prior to the evolution of those systems, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have discovered.

Neurobiologist Elected Fellow of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Neurobiologist Elected Fellow of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Rick Aldrich one of two University of Texas at Austin faculty members elected fellows.

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Alcohol Helps the Brain Remember, Says New Study

Alcohol Helps the Brain Remember, Says New Study

Drinking alcohol primes certain areas of our brain to learn and remember better, says a new study from the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research at The University of Texas at Austin.

Huk is Winner of the 2011 Vision Sciences Society Young Investigator Award

Neurobiologist chosen for broad range of techniques he has brought to bear on fundamental questions of visual processing and decision making.

Neuroscientist Earns Young Investigator Award

Nikolai Dembrow aims to characterize how the brain chemicals dopamine and noradrenaline affect neurons differentially in the prefrontal cortex.

People Learn New Information More Effectively When Brain Activity is Consistent, Research Shows

People are more likely to remember specific information such as faces or words if the pattern of activity in their brain is similar each time they study that information, according to new research from a neurobiologist.

Adolescent Brains Biologically Wired to Engage in Risky Behavior, Study Finds

There are biological motivations behind the stereotypically poor decisions and risky behavior associated with adolescence, new research from a neurobiologist reveals.

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