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Mental Rest and Reflection Boost Learning, Study Suggests

Mental Rest and Reflection Boost Learning, Study Suggests

AUSTIN, Texas — A new study, which may have implications for approaches to education, finds that brain mechanisms engaged when people allow their minds to rest and reflect on things they've learned before may boost later learning.

Mutation Stops Worms From Getting Drunk

Mutation Stops Worms From Getting Drunk

Neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Austin have generated mutant worms that do not get intoxicated by alcohol, a result that could lead to new drugs to treat the symptoms of people going through alcohol withdrawal.

Neurons in the Brain Tune into Different Frequencies for Different Spatial Memory Tasks

Neurons in the Brain Tune into Different Frequencies for Different Spatial Memory Tasks

AUSTIN, Texas — Your brain transmits information about your current location and memories of past locations over the same neural pathways using different frequencies of a rhythmic electrical activity called gamma waves, report neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Austin.

New Study Decodes Brain’s Process for Decision Making

When faced with a choice, the brain retrieves specific traces of memories, rather than a generalized overview of past experiences, from its mental Rolodex, according to new brain-imaging research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Thanks to Rare Alpine Bacteria, Researchers Identify One of Alcohol’s Key Gateways to the Brain

The discovery is a major step on the road to eventually developing drugs that could disrupt the interaction between alcohol and the brain.

Socially Isolated Rats are More Vulnerable to Addiction, Report Researchers

Rats that are socially isolated during a critical period of adolescence are more vulnerable to addiction to amphetamine and alcohol. Amphetamine addiction is also harder to extinguish in the socially isolated rats. These effects, which are described this week in the journal Neuron, persist even after the rats are reintroduced into the community of other rats.

Exposure to Environmental Contaminants Today Can Influence Behavior Generations Later

The researchers exposed gestating female rats to vinclozolin, a popular fruit and vegetable fungicide. When they put the rats’ third generation of offspring through a variety of behavioral tests they found they were more anxious, more sensitive to stress, and had greater activity in stress-related regions of the brain than descendants of unexposed rats.

Imaging Research Center Opens, Bringing New Level of Neuroscience Research to The University of Texas at Austin

Imaging Research Center Opens, Bringing New Level of Neuroscience Research to The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin’s Imaging Research Center (IRC) opened last week, ushering in a new set of research capacities for neuroscience and cancer research at the university.

University of Texas at Austin Supercomputing Center to Receive $10 Million in Private Funding

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin today announced it has received a commitment of $10 million from the O'Donnell Foundation to advance data-driven science, also called data-enabled or data-intensive science.

Sex-Segregated Schooling Ineffective and Increases Gender Stereotyping, Experts Warn

Sex-segregated schooling is not superior to coeducational schooling and carries the risk of exaggerating sexism and gender stereotyping, according to a new report co-authored by a University of Texas at Austin psychologist.