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How well is biofeedback understood?

From an answer to the question Research suggesting conscious control over brain region activation? I have learned: »[S]ubjects become better at up-regulating or down-regulating activation in ...
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Functional neuronal units that occupy the same brain region

[Thanks to Bryan Krause's advice, I edited the question.] Definition: Let two functional units be two sets of neurons, A and B, such that the probability of being connected (synaptically or by ...
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Principles of grouping neurons

This is an overview question. I wonder which principles of grouping neurons into higher units are there, and which principles I have overseen. neurotransmitter systems: all neurons that release or ...
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What can coma patients report about their experiences - if anything?

Coma is correlated to a significant inactivity of the cerebral cortex and the reticular activating system, while other parts of the brain - e.g. the limbic system - might still show considerable ...
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Neural correlates of pleasantness and unpleasantness

There are some basic cases of stimuli that are typically experienced either as pleasant or unpleasant, e.g. the major third as opposed to the tritone. Assuming that there are different processes ...
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Functional vs. synaptic connectivity

I used to believe that connectivity is nothing but synaptic connectivity and thus a long-term concept: synapses grow and synaptic strengths change on rather large time scales. But recently I found ...
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Neurotransmitters by neuron types

I'm looking for a concise overview table of all types of neurons (whose number is at least in the hundreds) indicating which neurotransmitters they use pre- and post-synaptically (of which there are ...
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Predicting the individual effects of psychotropic drugs

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23796468/ I have searched the national library of medicine but I could not find any papers about predicting both the therapeutic and adverse effects on the ...
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Are memories stored as patterns of chemicals/emotions?

Lately, I (as someone with no experience or prior knowledge in the topic) have been thinking about...thinking. The part that intrigues me the most is memory. As a computer-y type person, I tend to ...
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Is gliosis the same as glial activation?

This also applies to astrogliosis and astrocyte activation. I've seen them referred to as both the same thing as as different things. For example, Saito et al. (2016) state: Many kinds of brain ...
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What is the brain doing when someone tries to solve a physics or math problem that they can’t make any progress on?

Is their brain actually working or is it day dreaming and not functioning if they’re staring at a physics problem and not capable of making any progress on it? When a student who can’t come up with ...
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How many different synapses can an axon form? How do they differ?

It is estimated that the in the human brain there are about 100 billion neurons. With thousands of synapses for each of them, the total number of synapses is over 100 trillion. Yet each neuron has ...
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Does speaking to self, use different area of brain as opposed to speaking to a person? [duplicate]

When speaking without the intent of communicating, but just to ones self or reading to ones self. Does this use a different area of the brain as opposed to speaking to a person, or even a device such ...
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How does our brain sense the passage of time?

How does our brain sense the passage of time? What is the mechanism? I am not asking here about memory. I have searched about it on the internet. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/your-brain-...
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Is what psychologists define as subconsciousness proven in neuroscience and can the psychological subconsciousness be visualized by neuroscientists?

We read phrases like The subconsciousness makes up 90% of our brain. The subconsciousness makes up 95% of our brain. The subconsciousness can be influenced by hypnosis. I have yet to see a study in ...
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Is the approximation of the Medial Frontal Gyrus in the region of the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex?

I'm wondering if the MFG is located in the region considered the DLPFC?
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What is receptor tonic activation?

From Long-term administration of the dopamine D3/2 receptor agonist pramipexole increases dopamine and serotonin neurotransmission in the male rat forebrain: The sensitivity of postsynaptic D2 ...
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Triptans and SSRIs

When talking about triptans used for migraines such as Zolimitriptan, such drugs are selective serotonin receptor agonists. SSRIs, as their function states, are Selective Serotonin Reuptake ...
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Strange synchronized brain pulses on EEG using OpenBCI Cyton board

I recently received an Open BCI headset, and have been experimenting with it. One interesting is my brain gives off very regular pulses. My wife tested the headset too, and she also had these pulses....
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Meaning of “projection” and “to project” in neuroscience

What is the exact meaning of the term projection and the verb to project in neuroscience? I haven't found any neuroscience reference book or dictionary that gives a definition, although those terms ...
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How is a memory lost?

Firstly, I have an incredibly rudimentary understanding of how neurons interact etc. My understanding of memory representation is that it's a group of interconnected neurons that fire in some ...
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How many synapses are there in a typical efferent somatic nervous pathway?

In Wikipedia page, it explains: The basic route of nerve signals within the efferent somatic nervous system involves a sequence that begins in the upper cell bodies of motor neurons (upper motor ...
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does the fact that Psychology Today take neurolinguistic programming seriously delegitimize the magazine?

According to Wikipedia, Neurolinguistic Programming is a pseudoscience and dismissed by most experts. However, Psychology Today, a popular magazine, appears to not thoroughly reject it. Does this fact ...
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Does every neuron has a specific neurotransmitters for receiving and sending?

I'm new to this field so if I have basic mistakes please correct me. Iv'e read that each neuron can manufacture just 1-2 neurotransmitters, and from what I understand only these are released from his ...
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what causes an action potential to propagate exactly and why should it propagate?

Hello I am taking a neurophysiology course and learned about the action potential and that it propagates in one direction from axon hillock down along the axon. I understand that action potential is ...
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Mechanism for deleting old memories

Do we have any mechanism for deleting neuronal connections? That is, if I learn a better version for doing something, I assume the brain will create a new neuronal connection, and we will use this ...
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What exactly happens to brain during anesthesia

While anesthesia is given to a patient what changes in the chemistry of brain happens. Which part of the brain is affected by the medicine which causes anesthetic effects. Can anesthesia be ...
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Decussation of Cranial Nerves

Which cranial nerves decussate apart from the few nerve fibers of the optic nerve that do and how to easilly remember the cranial nerves that do? Here is a paper for the Trochlear Nerve But I have ...
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What happens neurologically and chemically when an individual is confused?

For example, trying to understand a mathematical problem and its solution, or abstract reasoning, but in the process get lost even have no clear idea of what part is 'not understood'
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What is the state of the art research of the consciousness level for high-level cognitive activity?

Everybody knows situations where activities requiring concentration and high level consciousness can over time become a "background" task. For example: you read a text aloud but think about other ...
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Why do people have eureka moments of revelation while taking a shower? [duplicate]

What kind of mechanisms are at work to cause creative thinking or revelations during auto-pilot tasks like taking a shower or teeth brushing? This describes it: Incubation period - we are working on ...
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“Golder standard” RNA-seq datasets for neurodegenerative diseases

What's your favorite and/or "gold standard" RNA-seq datasets for neurodegenerative diseases? I come from the field of computational cancer genomics where there are some datasets that are well-known ...
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Would you classify confusion as an emotion?

I'm writing a short essay on emotions and I stumbled upon a few references of confusion being an emotion but no solid exclusive research results focusing on confusion as an emotion. If it isn't, what ...
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Neuralink in depression treatment

In this article there is a statement that Neuralink can help people with Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and depression by promptly sending electric pulses into the areas responsible for their ...
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How do we know brain Is not involved in knee reflex?

How do we know that compressing the knee generates a feedback signal that makes the leg extend even before the signal reach the brain?
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Are normal external stimuli still processed by the brain during a hallucination?

I was wondering if hallucinations could radically override real external stimuli. After all every sensory organ responds to external stimuli, but when a hallucination occurs, I suppose, the external ...
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Are neurons the wrong shape to model neural networks?

Looking at neural networks, each node can be described as a neuron with either several long input wires, or several long output wires. A neuron, however, has many short input wires (dendrites) and a ...
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Mind uploading & its constituents: Theoretically possible?

Is it possible to remove the mind from the rest of the body and have it "alive" somehow as in its former known form? Mind uploading would be computerizing a mind to preserve data, memories and etc. ...
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Find volume of lesion mask

I have drawn a lesion mask using FSLeyes on a T1-weighted image for MS patients. Is there tool to get the lesion volume from the mask?
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What activity causes the highest level of brain-activity?

I expect balancing on a tightrope and juggling apples while listening to Mozart would trigger more brain activity than say playing chess, and while there are many ways to measure/define brain activity,...
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Supplementary Motor Area or Juxtapositional Lobule Cortex

Harvard-Oxford Cortical Structural Atlas now calls the 'Supplementary Motor Area' the 'Juxtapositional Lobule Cortex (formerly Supplementary Motor Cortex)'. I've looked for papers that explain the ...
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Can the neurological damage done by alcohol be reversed?

I read online that heavy alcohol consumption can lead to neurological damage, specifically in areas that affect your cognitive performance and memory but what I couldn’t find is if the damage can be ...
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Publicly accessible database for the Autistic brain under MRI and/or fMRI

American neuroscientist James H. Fallon released many of the images of MRIs from diagnosed psychopaths and was able to identify a pattern when compared to the average individual. Is there a database ...
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How does Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) work?

There is mounting evidence that EFT, a form of therapy which combines cognitive, exposure therapy along with acupuncture point stimulation is effective - EFT for PTSD question What are the biological ...
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Myelin and Myelin Sheath

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002261.htm Why is Myelin used as a term to mean the Myelin Sheath as opposed to the proper term? It is apparent to me that Myelin is the substance itself ...
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Comorbidity of Neurodevelopmental Disorders between them and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3416662/ OCD being an anxiety disorder and OCPD being a personality disorder it is entirely possible that these two can be present on the same patient. ...
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Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Cognitive Function and Causing someone to Learn

Children may elicit, either through active engagement or some feature of their personality or appearance, a response from their environment that might protect them from deprivation-related risk either ...
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Trust after the first 200 milliseconds

In the first 200 ms of meeting someone our implicit / System 1 brain makes a number of inferences (based on age, gender, race, voice, smell among others) to determine whether we ‘like’ the other ...
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Good neuroscience research blogs

In the field of AI research there are really good research blogs that regularly analyse methods and review papers. Examples that come to mind are: BAIR blog: The Berkeley AI Research blog Distill: an ...
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Understanding the 'Wiring Catastrophe'

Introduction: In 'Wiring optimization in the brain'(2000), Dmitri Chklovskii and Charles Stevens analyse the dependence of the complexity of cortical circuits on the number of synapses per neuron ...

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