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The brain's prefrontal cortex may hold the key to our ability to recognize and remember one another.

Patricia S. Goldman-Rakic, Ph.D., of neurobiology, and her colleagues have pinpointed an area of the brain that retrieves information about faces and facial expressions from memory. Their findings were reported in the Nov. 7 issue of the journal Science.

The research team showed macaque monkeys pictures of human faces and objects, and measured the electrical impulses in different areas of the brain. Research results showed that neurons clustered in an area of the inferior prefrontal cortex responded only to pictures of faces and to no other stimuli. The team further found that the prefrontal cortex was able to maintain information about the faces even after the stimuli were removed.

Scientists know that the prefrontal cortex is the most advanced part of the human brain and is responsible for cognitive functions such as memory, reasoning, mental computation and languages, but it has been...

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This is only a test

When faced with medical tests, patients and their families generally have questions galore. Yale faculty have teamed up to provide answers in a new book, The Yale University School of Medicine Patient's Guide to Medical Tests, published in December by Houghton Mifflin Co.The book's 620 pages are packed with information on common and not-so- common diagnostic procedures. Each of its 29 chapters is written by a Yale...

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Breaking bread with the new brass

Every other Thursday throughout the academic year, students, faculty and staff file into the Beaumont Room for an...

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University of California professor named dean of nursing school

Catherine Lynch Gilliss, D.N.Sc., chair of the Department of Family Health Care Nursing at the University of...

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Physician's award will support end-of-life AIDS care

As a patient's life comes to an end, physicians and care providers are faced with the unique task of tending to the...

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A Model Renovation

"This is something I got very good at in Washington," Dean David A. Kessler, M.D., below left, joked as he joined in...

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New research finds link between religion and health in the elderly

For the elderly, religion may do more than ease the soul. In fact, attendance at religious services may actually...

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Et Cetera

Federal audit shows Yale's Medicare billing practices in good health

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has given the School of...

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Urban health program broadens community outreach efforts

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded...

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Study documents dumping of psychiatric patients

Two-thirds of psychiatric hospitals providing inpatient mental health care in the United States are reported to dump...

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Yale, SCIREX Corp. open unit for psychiatric drug research

The Department of Psychiatry and SCIREX Corp. have announced a new collaboration to conduct clinical research on...

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Grant from insurer funds two outcomes research projects

Insurance giant Aetna Inc. has awarded more than $750,000 to the School of Medicine to fund research aimed at improving...

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Psychiatric hospitals may be deluged with sex offenders

When convicted sex offenders finish serving prison time, many of them will go directly from a jail cell to a...

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EPH, Hospice Institute work to improve access to care

The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute in Branford, Conn., and experts from Yale's Department of Epidemiology and...

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Study explores connections between menopause and mood

The number of women experiencing menopause is expected to triple over the next decade, causing an increased demand for...

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