Neuroscience News

French penalty against Uraguay in the 2013 U-20 World Cup final

Goalkeepers prone to ‘gambler’s fallacy’ but penalty takers fail to exploit it

After a string of penalties aimed in the same direction, goalkeepers are more likely to dive in the opposite direction on the next penalty but kickers fail to exploit this pattern, finds new UCL research. More...

Published: Jul 31, 2014 5:30:00 PM

The human habenula (in red, 3 mm diameter), in which activation tracked the degree to which electric shocks were anticipated

The bit of your brain that signals how bad things could be

An evolutionarily ancient and tiny part of the brain tracks expectations about nasty events, finds new UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council. More...

Published: Jul 29, 2014 12:28:00 PM


Gene variant linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism

A rare gene variant discovered by UCL scientists is associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism, confirms new research. More...

Published: Jul 22, 2014 10:11:00 AM

Frontotemporal Dementia map

Immune system implicated in dementia development

The immune system and body’s response to damaged cells play a key role in the development of frontotemporal dementia (FTD), finds new UCL-led research. More...

Published: Jun 16, 2014 10:17:28 AM

Simulated Soho

New research explains how we use the GPS inside our brain to navigate

The way we navigate from A to B is controlled by two brain regions which track the distance to our destination, according to new UCL research published in Current Biology, funded by the Wellcome Trust. More...

Published: Jun 9, 2014 2:10:17 PM

Demonstration of spatial acuity test

‘Map of pain’ reveals how our ability to identify the source of pain varies across the body

“Where does it hurt?” is the first question asked to any person in pain. More...

Published: Jun 6, 2014 11:44:29 AM

Professor Geraint Rees

Professor Rees wins UCLU Student Choice Teaching Award

Professor Rees, Deputy Head of the Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL and Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, has been awarded the UCLU Student Choice Teaching Award for Outstanding Researcher Development. More...

Published: Jun 2, 2014 9:05:54 AM

Professor John O'Keefe

UCL professor wins Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

The 2014 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience was today awarded to Professor John O’Keefe, Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL and affiliated faculty member in the UCL Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. More...

Published: May 29, 2014 4:23:39 PM

The new technique could see people with epilepsy taking pills to control seizures

New epilepsy treatment offers ‘on demand’ seizure suppression

A new treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy with the potential to suppress seizures ‘on demand’ with a pill, similar to how you might take painkillers when you feel a headache coming on, has been developed by UCL researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust. More...

Published: May 27, 2014 5:28:21 PM

Professor David McAlpine

Specialised nerve cells in auditory brainstem allow ‘cocktail party listening’

Nerve cells in the auditory brainstem are specialised to be able to pick out sounds at different frequencies in an efficient manner reports a new study published in the journal PNAS Plus. More...

Published: May 21, 2014 11:24:32 AM

London bus featuring 'T-side' advertisement

Watch out: children more prone to looking but not seeing

Children under 14 are more likely than adults to be ‘blinded’ to their surroundings when focusing on simple things, finds a new UCL study.

Published: May 2, 2014 11:04:30 AM

Professor Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society

UCL and Max Planck Society invest €5m to open world’s first computational psychiatry centre

The world’s first centre for computational psychiatry was launched on Tuesday 1st April, following a €5m investment from the Max Planck Society and UCL to be spent over the next 5 years. More...

Published: Apr 2, 2014 12:46:26 PM

Capillaries showing pericytes in purple

Cell-saving drugs could reduce brain damage after stroke

Long-term brain damage caused by stroke could be reduced by saving cells called pericytes that control blood flow in capillaries, reports a new UCL-led study. More...

Published: Mar 27, 2014 10:39:09 AM

300sq RAF Pilot Training in Cockpit of Nimrod Aircraft

Information overload acts ‘to dim the lights’ on what we see

Too much visual information causes a phenomenon known as ‘load induced blindness’, with an effect akin to dimming the lights, reports a new UCL study. More...

Published: Mar 17, 2014 9:59:40 AM

Active brain

Human brains ‘hard-wired’ to link what we see with what we do

Your brain’s ability to instantly link what you see with what you do is down to a dedicated information ‘highway’, suggests new UCL-led research. More...

Published: Mar 14, 2014 12:15:42 PM