Researchers ID ‘conjunction junction’ for brain’s navigation function

Ever wake at night and find your way through the house without stubbing your toe? There's a region of the brain that enables you to do that – and generally helps you navigate the world.
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Humans’ built-in GPS is our 3-D sense of smell

Our brains are wired to convert smells into spatial information, allowing us to navigate territory by following one's nose.

Trans fats clog memory as well as arteries

Higher consumption of the fats — commonly used in processed foods to improve taste, texture and durability — is linked to worsened memory function in middle-aged and younger men.
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Poor sleep linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Deposits of beta-amyloid appear to lead to a vicious cycle in which sleep is further disturbed and memory impaired.
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Even when at rest, our brains prepare us to be social

The brain has a major system that seems predisposed to get us ready to be social in our spare moments.
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Neuroscience helps explain American households’ $12 trillion debt

Op-ed: Psychiatrist explains how consumerist culture has warped Americans’ brains into reckless spending.
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Deep brain stimulation tested as treatment for cognitive changes in Parkinson's

Parkinson’s disease profoundly affects learning and memory as it progresses, and there currently are no good treatments for these aspects of the disease.

Extended space travel may warp astronauts' brains

Worrisome news for potential missions to Mars: Long-term galactic cosmic ray exposure can cause permanent dementia-like cognitive impairments.

Cal-BRAIN selects 16 California research projects for seed grants

Projects will speed development of new brain technologies, or ‘neurotechnologies.’
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Turning back the clock on Parkinson’s

The Movement Disorder Center at UC San Diego is investigating ways of earlier diagnosis of Parkinson's and other progressive diseases.