Inside the Brain
The study of the human brain and how it functions is one of the great frontiers of modern science. Since its founding in 1985 in Newark, N.J., the scientists at Rutgers Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience have conducted path-breaking research in every area of neuroscience discovery, including pioneering work on understanding brain plasticity, and work on coding the rhythms of brain functions. We invite you to learn more in these pages.
Correcting Language Difficulties Before Baby Speaks. 5-10% of children beginning school are estimated to have language-learning impairments, leading to reading, speaking and comprehension problems.
The Star-Ledger claims the Rutgers-Newark Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience is one of the state's 12 "brainiest" places.
During the course of his research career Ian Creese has shed new light on the effect of antipsychotic drugs on the inner workings of the brain, specifically looking at such disorders as schizophrenia and Parkinson’s.
The Doorway to Memory and Learning How do we learn? How is memory formed? And how is it affected by neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's?
What the Eyes See. It's not always what we perceive, but also what we ignore that allows us to function. In the process of seeing our brain makes a very selective choice about what it reports back to awareness.
Uncovering the Neural Circuitry behind Motivation At the point before we actually do something, whether that be caring for our children, exercising, or abusing drugs or alcohol, there is the motivation to do so. But what guides that motivation?
Identifying the Cells that Can Break the Fear Cycle. Fear motivates us to avoid danger, but if prolonged can also lead to anxiety disorders and destructive avoidance behaviors.
How We See the World We drop a coin near our right foot and bend down to pick it up. But how does our hand know just how far it needs to move to the right to reach the coin?
Correcting Language Problems Through Neuroplasticity Similar to a traveler who unknowingly sets out on the wrong route and needs to be redirected, the brain's plasticity can correct language learning problems.
Brain Signaling Patterns: What Goes Wrong in Parkinson's and Other Disorders? In the world of the brain, the basal ganglia are the teachers who hand out the rewards and punishment that allow us to learn from consequences.
Identifying the neural circuitry to slow down the progression of Alzheimer's Research focuses on providing for early diagnosis to ameliorate memory loss and attention deficit.
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