Brain and Behavior’s first 2013 issue is now online!

BRB 3 1Brain and Behavior’s latest issue  offers compelling research on topics including sensory neuropathy, maternal depression and basilar atherosclerosis, among others.    The cover features an image from, Social exclusion, infant behavior, social isolation, and maternal expectations independently predict maternal depressive symptoms John Eastwood, Bin Jalaludin, Lynn Kemp, Hai Phung, Bryanne Barnett and Jacinta Tobin “Bi-plot of latent variables social exclusion, social isolation and infant behavior.”

Below are two more standout articles selected by the editorial team. 

purple_lock_open  Comparative study of environmental factors influencing motor task learning and memory retention in sighted and blind crayfish
By Sonya M. Bierbower,  Zhanna P. Shuranova, Kert Viele and Robin L. Cooper
Abstract: Schematic representation of the motor task conditioning chamber. The chamber is divided into two compartments, the larger one housing the animal and the smaller one containing a mesh platform with the food reward. Food was attached to the mesh screen. (A) A stylized angled view including the two compartments and mesh screen with worms attached. The location of the access point is indicated by the arrow. (B) Side view schematic to show placement of the mesh platform and the manipulative task of reaching in and up to obtain the food reward.

purple_lock_open  High-resolution MRI of basilar atherosclerosis: three-dimensional acquisition and FLAIR sequences
By Tanya N. Turan,  Zoran Rumboldt, Truman R. Brown
Abstract: This case report describes the use of high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (HRMRI) to visualize basilar artery atherosclerotic plaque in a patient with a pontine stroke. HRMRI with three-dimensional image acquisition was used to visualize plaque in several planes to localize arterial wall pathology. Fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) sequences of the basilar artery showed wall thickening throughout the basilar artery wall and good contrast between the artery wall and cerebrospinal fluid.

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