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Thalamic control of sensory selection in divided attention-- first paper from the lab is published online.

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potential treatments coming for autism, schizophrenia...

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Scientists Use Lasers to Control Mouse Brain Switchboard

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/optogenetics-consciousness-trn-1213.

Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal thoughts and external distractions. The study, partly funded by the National Institutes of Health, may be a breakthrough in understanding how a critical part of the brain, called the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN), influences consciousness.

The research is in Cell. (full access paywall)

Research: “State-Dependent Architecture of Thalamic Reticular Subnetworks” by Michael M. Halassa, Zhe Chen, Ralf D. Wimmer, Philip M. Brunetti, Shengli Zhao, Basilis Zikopoulos, Fan Wang, Emery N. Brown, and Matthew A. Wilson in Cell. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2014.06.025

Image: Scientists used mice to study how nerve cells in thalamic reticular nucleus work during sleep and how they help the brain concentrate. Credit Michael Halassa, M.D., Ph.D., NYU Langone Medical Center.

#neuroscience   #consciousness   #optogenetics  
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Scientists Use Lasers to Control Mouse Brain Switchboard

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/optogenetics-consciousness-trn-1213.

Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal thoughts and external distractions. The study, partly funded by the National Institutes of Health, may be a breakthrough in understanding how a critical part of the brain, called the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN), influences consciousness.

The research is in Cell. (full access paywall)

Research: “State-Dependent Architecture of Thalamic Reticular Subnetworks” by Michael M. Halassa, Zhe Chen, Ralf D. Wimmer, Philip M. Brunetti, Shengli Zhao, Basilis Zikopoulos, Fan Wang, Emery N. Brown, and Matthew A. Wilson in Cell. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2014.06.025

Image: Scientists used mice to study how nerve cells in thalamic reticular nucleus work during sleep and how they help the brain concentrate. Credit Michael Halassa, M.D., Ph.D., NYU Langone Medical Center.

#neuroscience   #consciousness   #optogenetics  
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