Neuronal recycling: This is how our brain allows us to read

Letters, syllables, words and sentences–spatially arranged sets of symbols that acquire meaning when we read them. But is there an area and cognitive mechanism in our brain that is specifically devoted to reading? Probably not; written language is too much of a recent invention for the brain to have developed structures specifically dedicated to it. […]

Neuronal circuits for fine motor skills

IMAGE: Eating spaghetti requires a high level of fine motor skills. view more  Credit: University of Basel, Biozentrum Writing, driving a screw or throwing darts are only some of the activities that demand a high level of skill. How the brain masters such exquisite movements has now been described in the journal “Nature” by a team […]

A new means of neuronal communication discovered in the human brain

In a new study published in Nature Communications, research groups of Professor J. Matias Palva and Research Director Satu Palva at the Neuroscience Centre of the University of Helsinki and Aalto University, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and the University of Genoa, have identified a novel coupling mechanism linking neuronal networks by using […]

Circular RNA regulates neuronal differentiation by scaffolding an inhibitory transcription complex — ScienceDaily

In a screening for a functional impact to the neuronal differentiation process, Danish researchers identified a specific circular RNA, circZNF827, which surprisingly “taps the brake” on neurogenesis. The results provide an interesting example of co-evolution of a circRNA, and its host-encoded protein product, that regulate each other’s function, to directly impact the fundamental process of […]