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    Playing Favorites: Brain Cells Prefer One Parent’s Gene Over the Other’s
    Research
    Feb 23, 2017

    Playing Favorites: Brain Cells Prefer One Parent’s Gene Over the Other’s

    genetics, epigenetics, brain

    It has long been thought that each copy of our DNA instructions - one inherited from mom and one from dad - is treated the same. A new study from scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine shows that it is not uncommon for cells in the brain to preferentially activate one copy over the other. The finding breaks basic tenants of classic genetics and suggests new ways in which genetic mutations might cause brain disorders. ... Read More

    Neurobiology and Anatomy
    This Is Your Brain on God
    Research
    Nov 28, 2016

    This Is Your Brain on God

    brain, neuroscience

    Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The findings were published Nov. 29 in the journal Social Neuroscience. ... Read More

    Radiology
    Super Sleepers or Dangerously Drowsy?
    Research
    Sep 15, 2016

    Super Sleepers or Dangerously Drowsy?

    brain, sleep

    Most people could benefit from a few extra hours of sleep every night. But some people habitually sleep much less than the recommended amount, yet report feeling no ill effects. A new University of Utah study, published Sept. 15 in Brain and Behavior, finds that patterns of neural connections in the brains of so-called “habitual short sleepers” suggest that some of these people may be efficient sleepers, but may also be more tired than they realize.... Read More

    Radiology
    Want to Touch a Brain?
    Education
    Mar 14, 2016

    Want to Touch a Brain?

    brain, education, neuroscience

    Members of the public can touch a human brain or move a ball with their thoughts during Brain Awareness Day on Saturday, March 19 at the Leonardo museum. Brain Awareness Day activities will be presented at the museum free of charge from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the atrium of the Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South in downtown Salt Lake City. The hands-on activities – meant to educate the community about the wonders of the brain – will be led by Utah neuroscientists brought together by the Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience at the University of Utah. ... Read More

    Neurobiology and Anatomy