Friday, August 28, 2015

Discovery Important For Learning And Memory

New findings in mice suggest that the timing when the neurotransmitter acetylcholine is released in the brain’s hippocampus may play a key role in regulating the strength of nerve cell connections, called synapses. Understanding the complex nature of neuronal signaling at synapses could lead to better understanding of learning and memory, and might offer the promise of new and novel treatments for disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. "A change of even a few hundredths of a second in the timing of acetylcholine release can make a difference," said a national researcher. "No one had shown this was important until now."