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Amy Loriaux

Amy Loriaux, Postdoctoral Fellow 
Dept of Psychiatry, UT Southwestern Medical Center


What is your work/research topic? I study the neural circuitry of addiction using rat models of cocaine use. 2,037 more words

Women In STEM

Weekly Neuroscience Update

A new study explores which of the two main patterns of brain activity may be seen during the onset of an epileptic seizure.

Researchers link obsessive behaviours in… 225 more words

Weekly Round-Up

I See the Light! Waving Hello to Consciousness

In December, researchers were able to reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in mice using a flashing light. What’s more, this might tell us something about what consciousness entails in the human brain, and what gamma waves may have to do with it. 932 more words


Optogenetics, Oscillations, and Alzheimer's: Science Non-Fiction

Recent advances in the field of optogenetics have stunned the world of neuroscience and captured imaginations everywhere. The promise of these successes has led many to wonder what the future might look like. 1,136 more words

Psychology & Neuroscience

Looking Into Neuron Activities: Light Controlled Mice and Crystal Skulls

by Li Yang Ku (Gooly)

It might feel like there aren’t that much progress in brain theories recently, we still know very little about how signals are processed in our brain.

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Neural Science

Scientists Successfully Reverse Emotions Associated With Memory

While remembering your telephone number or what time you made dinner reservations for tomorrow night may not flood you with feelings, many memories have emotions attached to them; your first day at school, your wedding day, losing your pet. 12 more words


Optogenetics in Humans?

Just over 10 years ago marks the development of one of the most important tools in recent neuroscience history – optogenetics. To put it simply, optogenetics is the process of using light to activate cells (generally neurons) by implanting light sensitive proteins known as opsins, which will then cause firing of the neuron when activated by light. 634 more words