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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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Of Genes and Gin

The day may not be far off when a routine blood test at the doctor's office will be able to detect not only whether you suffer from heart disease or diabetes, but also whether you suffer from an addiction to alcohol.
Scientists Identify New Approaches to Treating PTSD

Scientists Identify New Approaches to Treating PTSD

Drugs known as HDAC inhibitors may prove useful in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study conducted by faculty at The University of Texas at Austin’s Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research.

How 3-D vision works

Neurobiologist Alex Huk describes one way that the brain perceives 3-D motion.

Electric Fish Plug In to Communicate

Electric Fish Plug In to Communicate

Just as people plug in to computers, smart phones and electric outlets to communicate, electric fish communicate by quickly plugging special channels into their cells to generate electrical impulses, neurobiologists have discovered.

Bat Love Songs Decoded

Bat Love Songs Decoded

It might not sound like crooners singing about love on the radio, but bats sing love songs to each other too, say researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University who are believed to be the first to decode the mysterious sounds made by the winged creatures.

Brain's Center for Perceiving 3-D Motion Is Identified

Brain's Center for Perceiving 3-D Motion Is Identified

AUSTIN, Texas — Ducking a punch or a thrown spear calls for the power of the human brain to process 3-D motion, and to perceive an object (whether it's offensive or not) moving in three dimensions is critical to survival. It also leads to a lot of fun at 3-D movies. Neuroscientists have now pinpointed where and how the brain processes 3-D motion u...

Neurobiologist Named 2009 Pew Scholar

The Pew Charitable Trusts announced yesterday that Dr. Nicholas J. Priebe was selected as a 2009 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences.

Model for Angelman Syndrome Developed

AUSTIN, Texas—A model for studying the genetics of Angelman syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes mental retardation and other symptoms in one out of 15,000 births, has been developed by biologists at The University of Texas at Austin. Their research demonstrates that when a particular fruit fly gene, dube3a, is altered, the mutant flies s...

Tolerance to Inhalants May Be Caused By Changes in Gene Expression

Changes in the expression of genes may be the reason why people who abuse inhalants, such as spray paint or glue, quickly develop a tolerance, biologists at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered.

Higher Brain Damage in Alcoholics with Cirrhosis of the Liver

AUSTIN, Texas—An examination of gene expression in the frontal cortex has found that brain function is even more impaired in alcoholics with cirrhosis of the liver, one of the most common and serious medical complications linked to alcoholism. Sustained exposure to alcohol can cause scarring and dysfunction of the liver, referred to as cirrhosis. ...