Category: Neuroscience

The Role of Our Immune System in Alzheimer’s

By: Mariel Corinne Tai Sander Edited by: Kim Chia In 1907, at a conference in Tubingen, Dr. Alois Alzheimer described a curious disease characterized by “numerous small miliary foci…found in the superior layers…the storage of a peculiar material in the cortex” [1]. While researchers now know what those “small military foci” are—plaques of beta amyloid

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It Wasn’t the Turkey!

Written By: Jack Zhong Edited By: Josephine McGowan Every year, a lucky turkey gets pardoned, and his many friends end up on the tables of many families across America. At the thanksgiving feast this past weekend, we piled on the turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, pies, stuffing, gravy, ice cream, etc. Smiling approvingly at family

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The Case of the Cyclops Child: A Moral Quandary

By: Kimberly Shen Edited by: Arianna Winchester “Over the years that followed, I found myself thinking from time to time of that picture, my hand over the baby’s mouth. I knew then, and I still think now, that the right thing to do would have been to kill that baby.” These were the words that

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Mind-Uploading: Are You Still You?

Written by: Dimitri Leggas Edited by: Hsin-Pei Toh A few years ago, 23-year-old Kim Suozzi died of cancer. She and her boyfriend Josh Schisler had decided to have her brain cryogenically frozen in hopes of preserving the synaptic intricacies that helped to make up who she was. Suozzi and Schisler hoped that one day, some

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A Promising Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease?

By: Jack Zhong Edited By: Josephine McGowan Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the US, and yet, it has no known cures, prevention methods, or approaches to slow down the progression of disease. Causing degeneration in the brain (Figure 1), Alzheimer’s disease has common symptoms that include: dementia, memory loss, decline

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Catching Schizophrenia

By: Ian Cohn Edited by: Bryce Harlan To many, the idea of mind control seems like science fiction. The small parasite Toxoplasma gondii, however, known to alter behavior in rats, may possess the ability to change behavior in humans as well, giving it mind-altering capabilities usually reserved for super-advanced futuristic humans. T. gondii is a

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Neuroscience’s Take on the Supernatural: Are Near Death Experiences Real?

By: Aditya Nair It’s a tale that seems as old as history. Those among us who have come very close to dying report extraordinarily vivid visions involving some combination of seeing the dead, passing through a tunnel, feeling dissociated from the body, and extreme emotional states among many other phenomena collectively referred to as near

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How Love Works: Part 2 – Neurotransmitters and Genetic Factors

By: Aditya Nair Edited by: Bryce Harlan Now that we’ve gone over some of the reasons why the development of love may have been an evolutionary advantage, let’s move on to the nitty-gritty aspects of love. What do we know about what actually happens in the brain when we fall in love? We turn to

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What are the Biological Consequences of Staying Up All Night?

Author: Tiago Palmisano Editor: Aishwarya Raja “Sleep is a waste of time.” It’s an opinion that, as a college student, I’ve been forced to occasionally consider when it’s midnight and a looming pile of work clashes with the possibility of a good night’s rest. And unfortunately, sleep deprivation is not limited to the overloaded college

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