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Brain has published landmark papers in clinical neurology and translational neuroscience since 1878. The Editorial Board reflects the journal's broad coverage and international readership. Accepted articles are posted online within a few weeks of acceptance. 

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Time-varying effects of neuropathologies on the trajectory of late life cognitive decline

Using clinical-pathological data from more than 1000 individuals, Boyle et al. show that some age-related neuropathologies contribute to progressive cognitive deterioration, whereas others impair cognition but exert relatively stable effects over time.

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COL6A5 variants in familial neuropathic chronic itch

Chronic idiopathic itch is often diagnosed as a psychogenic disorder. Boneschi et al. report an association between idiopathic chronic itch and COL6A5 in several multigenerational families with small fibre neuropathy.

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Synaptic inputs from stroke-injured brain to grafted human stem cell-derived neurons activated by sensory stimuli

Tornero et al. demonstrate that intracortical grafts of human skin-derived cortical neurons restore specific connections in stroke-injured cortex of rodents, and respond to tactile stimulation of nose and paw.

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Perfect Mind – On Shakespeare and the Brain
It is often said that Shakespeare was a psychoanalyst 300 years before Freud. Drawing on examples from Macbeth to King Lear, Robert McCrum argues that Shakespeare was also something of a proto-neurologist.

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Conscious unity, split perception

Pinto and colleagues re-investigated the fundamental question of conscious unity in split-brain patients. They noticed that even in the existing literature on split-brain patients, the results are much more complicated than the clear-cut picture presented in reviews and textbooks.

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Can hypnosis improve the functioning of injured brains?

Patients with brain injuries scored much lower than the healthy population at baseline on two measures of working memory. However, after four sessions of hypnosis, they improved on both outcome measures to slightly above the population mean.

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Finding the imposter: understanding a rare delusional disorder using brain connectivity

Ryan Darby uses lesion network mapping to “find the imposter” hiding in the brain, showing how a single brain injury might alter the relationship between two interacting sets of brain regions.

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