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Electrical properties of dendrites help explain our brain’s unique computing power

October 18, 2018

Electrical properties of dendrites help explain our brain’s unique computing power

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Neurons in the human brain receive electrical signals from thousands of other cells, and long neural extensions called dendrites play a critical role in incorporating all of that information so the cells can respond appropriately.

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To improve anesthesia, focus on neuroscience and nociception, experts urge

October 4, 2018

To improve anesthesia, focus on neuroscience and nociception, experts urge

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David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

People sometimes mistakenly think of general anesthesia as just a really deep sleep, but in fact, anesthesia is really four brain states — unconsciousness, amnesia, immobility, and suppression of the body’s damage sensing response, or “nociception.” In a new paper in Anesthesia and Analgesia,

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