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New sensors track dopamine in the brain for more than a year

September 12, 2018

New sensors track dopamine in the brain for more than a year

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Dopamine, a signaling molecule used throughout the brain, plays a major role in regulating our mood, as well as controlling movement. Many disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, depression, and schizophrenia, are linked to dopamine deficiencies.

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Antidepressant restores youthful flexibility to aging inhibitory neurons

August 19, 2018

Antidepressant restores youthful flexibility to aging inhibitory neurons

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David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

A new study provides fresh evidence that the decline in the capacity of brain cells to change (called “plasticity”), rather than a decline in total cell number, may underlie some of the sensory and cognitive declines associated with normal brain aging.

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The debate over how working memory works

August 9, 2018

The debate over how working memory works

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David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

In a debate where the stakes are nothing short of understanding how the brain maintains its so-called “sketchpad of conscious thought,” researchers discuss exactly what makes working memory work in dueling papers in the Aug. 8 edition of the Journal of Neuroscience.

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