neuroscience http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Tiny Implantable LED Devices Help Shed Light On The Brain http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tiny-implantable-led-devices-help-shed-light-brain <p></p><p>Researchers at Washington University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed miniaturized electronic devices small enough to safely insert into the brains of live mice. The tiny wireless devices can target specific brain cells and influence behavior.</p><p>University of Illinois materials scientist <a href="http://rogers.matse.illinois.edu/">John Rogers</a> co-led the study and helped design the devices. He says they’re on the same size-scale as cells, so they can penetrate far down into the brain.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:50:03 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 25346 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Tiny Implantable LED Devices Help Shed Light On The Brain First Results From Brain Mapping Project Ready For Download http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/first-results-brain-mapping-project-ready-download <p></p><p>An international brain mapping project led by Washington University has released its first set of results.</p><p>The <a href="http://humanconnectome.org/">Human Connectome Project</a> is a five-year effort to study brain circuits and how the wiring of the brain relates to human behavior.</p><p>Project researchers are working to obtain high-resolution brain scans of 1,200 healthy adults, along with information about their cognitive abilities, personalities, and other characteristics.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:27:43 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 9899 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org First Results From Brain Mapping Project Ready For Download A Lively Mind: Your Brain On Jane Austen http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lively-mind-your-brain-jane-austen At a recent academic conference, Michigan State University professor <a href="http://www.english.msu.edu/people/faculty/natalie-m-phillips/">Natalie Phillips</a> stole a glance around the room. A speaker was talking but the audience was fidgety. Some people were conferring among themselves, or reading notes. One person had dozed off.<p>Phillips, who studies 18th-<sup></sup> and 19th-century literature, says the distracted audience made something pop in her head. Distractability is a theme that runs through many novels of Jane Austen, whom Phillips admires. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 06:31:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 5169 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Lively Mind: Your Brain On Jane Austen