Jennie Vallis

Towards a neuroscience of active sampling and curiosity

Latest Reviews

  • Review Article |

    Astrocytes display widespread functional diversity that translates into distinct regulation of synaptic circuits. In this Review, Dallérac and colleagues discuss the determinants of these divergent regulations throughout life focusing on astroglial intrinsic heterogeneity, developmental changes and activity-dependent processes.

    • Glenn Dallérac
    • , Jonathan Zapata
    •  & Nathalie Rouach
  • Review Article |

    Animals may adopt an active-sampling strategy to assess their environment. In this Review, Jacqueline Gottlieb and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer explore the emerging neuroscientific literature examining active sampling and how it relates to attention and curiosity.

    • Jacqueline Gottlieb
    •  & Pierre-Yves Oudeyer
  • Review Article |

    Traditionally, the CNS is described to have immune privilege, largely because of its immunological barriers. Here, Forrester, McMenamin and Dando describe how this immune privilege may sometimes not be beneficial, as it enables invading pathogens to exist as latent CNS infections.

    • John V. Forrester
    • , Paul G. McMenamin
    •  & Samantha J. Dando
  • Perspective |

    Age-related changes in cognitive ability are the focus of a growing field of research. Cabeza, Rajah and colleagues aim to promote clarity in the field by agreeing upon consensual definitions for three widely discussed concepts: maintenance, compensation and reserve.

    • Roberto Cabeza
    • , Marilyn Albert
    • , Sylvie Belleville
    • , Fergus I. M. Craik
    • , Audrey Duarte
    • , Cheryl L. Grady
    • , Ulman Lindenberger
    • , Lars Nyberg
    • , Denise C. Park
    • , Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz
    • , Michael D. Rugg
    • , Jason Steffener
    •  & M. Natasha Rajah

News & Comment

  • Research Highlight |

    A study shows that during brain development in mice, CD47 prevents excessive synaptic pruning by microglia.

    • Darran Yates
  • Research Highlight |

    A population of spinal excitatory interneurons can be targeted for the maintenance of respiratory function after spinal cord injury in mice.

    • Katherine Whalley
  • Research Highlight |

    Dendritic mitochondria in stimulated neurons undergo fission that is required for long-term potentiation.

    • Natasha Bray

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