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Learning new information and skills, storing memories of this knowledge, and retrieving, modifying, or forgetting these memories over time are critical for flexibly responding to a changing environment.
Popularization of super-resolution imaging techniques has allowed cell biologists to probe cell structure and function in previously unattainable detail. These methodologies continue to evolve, with new improvements that allow tailoring the available techniques to a particular need and application. This collection showcases primary research articles, reviews and protocols and highlights these recent developments by exemplifying the new, interesting applications of super-resolution microscopy as well as related tool development.
For several decades, the neuroscience community has endeavored to understand how the brain controls our perception of the world and how we interact with it. The molecular, cellular and circuit-level mechanisms that underlie these processes have been investigated primarily in animal models. Noninvasive methods such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) have allowed neuroscientists to complement these findings with measures of human brain responses to complex stimuli and behaviors. Nature Neuroscience presents a special issue highlighting considerations and recent developments in noninvasive techniques that improve our understanding of neural measurements in humans, bridging the gap between human and animal research in neuroscience.
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The nervous and immune systems communicate and reciprocally influence their functional responses. Nature ImmunologyandNature Neurosciencepresent a joint focus entailing a series of specially commissioned review articles that discuss how the nervous system and immune cells interact during development, homeostasis and in pathogenic disease states.
Compared to other areas in medicine, psychiatric research faces unique biological, technological, clinical, regulatory and ethical challenges. In this joint focus Nature Neuroscience and Nature Medicine provide a collection of Commentaries, Perspectives, and Reviews from leaders in the field that address these challenges and provide an authoritative overview of basic and clinical sciences advancing mental health research.
There is an accelerating push towards greater selectivity, sensitivity and power in data collection in neuroscience. This is accompanied by the associated development of sophisticated analyses. Nature Neuroscience is pleased to present a special issue focused on techniques that sit at the forefront of modern neuroscience that present a view of recent advances in technical development, a consideration about how these are best deployed, and large-scale initiatives designed to advance further tool development, with expected parallel advances in neurobiological insight.