Society for Neuroscience annual meeting

Daily reports by Science News staff from the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting

More than 30,000 neuroscientists from around the world are gathering in Washington, D.C., November 15–19 for the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Presentations covered the science of nerves and brains on scales from molecules to societies.

Click on the links below to read daily reports from the meeting.

Feed your brain: News from neuroscience
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Highlights from day one of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting held in Washington, D.C.

Between men and women, dyslexia takes sides
Sunday, November 16, 2008
The second day of the Society for Neuroscience meeting offers insights on dyslexia and gender, the brain on age, a way to reduce brain swelling after head trauma, and touch receptors under the skin.

Still crazy (in love) after all these years
Monday, November 17, 2008
A brain imaging study reveals that some people are as giddy as teenagers in love, even after two decades of marriage.

Your body is mine
Monday, November 17, 2008

A new experiment indicates that, under the right circumstances, people feel like they have swapped bodies with someone else.

Moonsleeping bad for spacewalking
Monday, November 17, 2008
Day three of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting offered news about Down syndrome and sleep cycles.

This is the teenager’s brain on peer pressure
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Research shared during the fourth day of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting remained diverse: What happens in the brain when teenagers feel peer pressure, a study in mice suggesting a new way to treat depression, the best way to relearn walking after a stroke, and the long lasting effects of disrupted sleep.

Sleep makes room for memories
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Study shows sleep reduces harmful buildup of too many connections in the brain

Minus one gene, male mouse is Mr. Mom
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
November 19 was the last day of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, which was attended by about 31,000 people. The day’s highlights include a mouse study showing that one gene can make a difference in gender-based behavior. And a genetic study in humans suggests two genes could play a role in creative ability. A study of rat moms showed long-term cognitive benefits from motherhood, and another study in rats suggests that blinking is anything but random.

Brain reorganizes to make room for math
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Between childhood and adulthood, neural map of the brain rearranges to conceptualize arithmetic

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