Neurology / Neuroscience

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Self-awareness not unique to mankind

Humans are unlikely to be the only animal capable of self-awareness, a new study has shown.

Novel neurodegenerative disease and gene identified with the help of man’s best friend

A breakthrough study performed in an international collaboration led by Professor Tosso Leeb from the University of Bern and Professor Hannes Lohi from the University of Helsinki together with the…

Jawless fish genes tell us about human brain evolution

Lamprey are primitive, jawless fish that occupy a key place in the vertebrate evolutionary tree. Now a study of their genes reveals insights into the origins of the human brain.

Did eating bugs make our early ancestors more intelligent?

A 5-year study of capuchin monkeys suggests foraging for hard-to-find insects may have helped our early ancestors’ brains evolve the thinking ability that led to advanced tool use.

Monkey controls limb movements of ‘avatar’ using its mind

A new study details how a monkey controlled a sedated ‘avatar’ monkey using neural devices. Researchers say such strategies could be used in rehabilitation of paralyzed patients.

Dog and human brains have ‘voice areas’ in same places

Brain scans show that dog brains, like human brains, have dedicated voice areas in similar locations, and they also respond to emotional vocal sounds.

Dogs provide new insight into Chiari malformation in humans

New research analyzing the brains of dogs has given new insight into Chiari malformation – a condition that causes lower parts of the brain to be pushed toward the spinal cord.

Protein associated with canine hereditary ataxia pinpointed

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found a link between a mutation in a gene called RAB 24 and an inherited neurodegenerative disease in Old English sheepdogs and Gordon setters.

Discovery of gene mutation in dogs offers clues for neural tube defects in humans

A gene related to neural tube defects in dogs has for the first time been identified by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and University of Iowa. The researchers also found evidence that the gene may be an important risk factor for hu…

Large-Scale Network Organisation In The Avian Forebrain

Birds have been evolving separately from mammals for around 300 million years. So it’s hardly surprising that under a microscope, the brain of a bird looks quite different to that of a mammal. Nevertheless, birds have been shown to be remarkably intell…