Scientists Identify Brain-Signaling Molecule that Triggers Fat Burning
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Scientists Identify Brain-Signaling Molecule that Triggers Fat Burning

A research team led by Scripps Research Institute scientist Dr. Supriya Srinivasan has identified a brain hormone that appears to trigger fat burning in the gut. Model depicting…

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Video Games May Change Brain and Behavior, Review Finds
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Video Games May Change Brain and Behavior, Review Finds

Playing video games may cause changes in many brain regions, according to a new review of previous research. Palaus et al collected and summarized studies looking at how…

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Researchers Find Myopia-Causing Cells in Retina
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Researchers Find Myopia-Causing Cells in Retina

A team of researchers at Northwestern University has discovered a type of retinal ganglion cell that may cause myopia when it dysfunctions. The study is published in the…

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Neuroscientists Uncover How Brain Maintains Useful Memories
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Neuroscientists Uncover How Brain Maintains Useful Memories

A team of neuroscientists at the University of Toronto in Canada has discovered a reason why we often struggle to remember small details of past experiences. The results…

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Study: Neurotransmitter Dopamine Plays Role in Human Bonding
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Study: Neurotransmitter Dopamine Plays Role in Human Bonding

Researchers have found for the first time that dopamine, a vital neurotransmitter in the brain, is involved in human bonding. The results appear in the Proceedings of the…

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Neuroscientists Identify New Neural Pathway that Controls Hand Movements
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Neuroscientists Identify New Neural Pathway that Controls Hand Movements

A new neural pathway has been identified by a group of neuroscientists that could underlie our ability to make the coordinated hand movements needed to reach out and…

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Beetroot Juice before Exercise Keeps Aging Brain Sharp
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Beetroot Juice before Exercise Keeps Aging Brain Sharp

According to a study published recently in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, drinking a beetroot juice before exercise makes the brain of older adults perform more efficiently,…

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Scientists Find Link between Immune System, Memory and Structure of Brain
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Scientists Find Link between Immune System, Memory and Structure of Brain

In two separate studies, researchers have demonstrated that both the structure of the brain and several memory functions are linked to immune-related genes. The thickness of the cerebral…

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Gut Bacteria ‘Speak’ to Brain to Control Food Choices in Animals
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Gut Bacteria ‘Speak’ to Brain to Control Food Choices in Animals

In a study published recently in the journal PLOS Biology, neuroscientists identified three gut bacteria species — Acetobacter pomorum, Lactobacillus plantarum and L. brevis — that have an…

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Immanuel Kant was Right: Beauty Requires Thought
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Immanuel Kant was Right: Beauty Requires Thought

Experiencing beauty requires thought, neuroscientists have found in a study that confirms a claim by the German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), one of the most influential philosophers in…

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Vision Keeps Maturing until 30s – Early 40s, Study Finds
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Vision Keeps Maturing until 30s – Early 40s, Study Finds

The human primary visual cortex — the brain’s vision-processing center that was previously thought to mature within the first few years of life — actually continues to develop…

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Study: Drop in nSR100 Protein Levels Causes Autistic-Like Behavior in Mice
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Study: Drop in nSR100 Protein Levels Causes Autistic-Like Behavior in Mice

As many as 33% of autism cases could be explained by a scarcity of a protein called nSR100 in the brain, a new study in the journal Molecular…

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Runners Have Better Connected Brains, Study Finds
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Runners Have Better Connected Brains, Study Finds

New research published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience reveals that endurance runners’ brains have greater functional connectivity — or connections between distinct brain regions — than…

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Neuroscientists Identify Neurons that Control Judgment of Time
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Neuroscientists Identify Neurons that Control Judgment of Time

A new study in mice shows that dopamine neuron activity plays a key role in judgment of time, slowing down the internal clock. Sofia Soares et al investigated…

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Neuroscientists Say Simple Mathematical Logic Underlies Complex Brain Computations
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Neuroscientists Say Simple Mathematical Logic Underlies Complex Brain Computations

According to Dr. Joe Tsien, a neuroscientist at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, the brain’s basic computational algorithm is organized by power-of-two-based logic. According to…

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Study: Large, Salty, or Protein-Rich Meals Induce Post-Meal Sleepiness
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Study: Large, Salty, or Protein-Rich Meals Induce Post-Meal Sleepiness

Higher protein and salt content in our food, as well as the volume consumed, can lead to longer naps, a new study in fruit flies suggests. According to…

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Study Examines How Human Brain Adapts to Self-Serving Dishonesty
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Study Examines How Human Brain Adapts to Self-Serving Dishonesty

A study led by University College London researchers Neil Garrett and Tali Sharot provides the first empirical evidence that self-serving lies gradually escalate and reveals how this happens…

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Glial Cells Play Critical Role in Control of Appetite, Study Shows
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Glial Cells Play Critical Role in Control of Appetite, Study Shows

Glial cells – non-neuronal brain cells that provide structural, nutritional and other supports to the brain — play a critical role in controlling appetite and feeding behavior, a…

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Neuroscientists Restore Leg Movement in Nonhuman Primates
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Neuroscientists Restore Leg Movement in Nonhuman Primates

A collaboration of neuroscientists from the United States, China and Europe has used a wireless ‘brain-spine interface’ to bypass spinal cord injuries in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta), restoring…

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New Study Spotlights Brain Region Responsible for Placebo Response in Pain
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New Study Spotlights Brain Region Responsible for Placebo Response in Pain

A Northwestern University-led team of researchers has identified a region in the brain responsible for the ‘placebo effect’ in pain relief, when a fake treatment actually results in…

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Scientists Find Molecular Link between Anxiety and Metabolic Disorders
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Scientists Find Molecular Link between Anxiety and Metabolic Disorders

Scientists in Israel have identified molecular elements that bridge anxiety and metabolism — a type of microRNA that influences shared biological mechanisms. Altered microRNAs in anxiety and metabolic…

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New Study Challenges Popular Idea of Mandatory Water Intake
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New Study Challenges Popular Idea of Mandatory Water Intake

A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences challenges the popular idea that we should drink 8 glasses of water a day…

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Study Says Biological Clock Stimulates Thirst before Sleep
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Study Says Biological Clock Stimulates Thirst before Sleep

According to a study in rodents led by Prof. Charles Bourque of McGill University, the brain’s biological clock stimulates thirst in the hours before sleep. This image shows…

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Research: Oxytocin Enhances Spirituality
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Research: Oxytocin Enhances Spirituality

Oxytocin – a polypeptide hormone produced mainly by the hypothalamus and stored in the pituitary gland – gives greater sense of spirituality than a placebo, according to new…

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New Study Provides Insight into How Piquing Curiosity Changes Our Brains
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New Study Provides Insight into How Piquing Curiosity Changes Our Brains

The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. A new study carried out by California University scientists provides…

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Neuroscientists Create Illusion of Having Invisible Body
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Neuroscientists Create Illusion of Having Invisible Body

According to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, the feeling of invisibility changes physical stress response in challenging social situations. The experimental setup of the…

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Babies Can Form Abstract Relations Before They Learn Words
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Babies Can Form Abstract Relations Before They Learn Words

According to a new study published in the journal Child Development, infants are capable of understanding abstract relations like ‘same’ and ‘different.’ Babies are able to learn abstract…

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Neuroscientists Reactivate ‘Lost’ Memories in Mice
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Neuroscientists Reactivate ‘Lost’ Memories in Mice

According to a group of researchers led by Prof Susumu Tonegawa from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, memories that have been lost as a result of amnesia can be…

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Scientists Discover First Magnetosensitive Neuron in Animal
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Scientists Discover First Magnetosensitive Neuron in Animal

A group of scientists, led by Dr Jon Pierce-Shimomura of the University of Texas at Austin, has identified a magnetosensitive neuron in the brain of Caenorhabditis elegans, a…

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Rats ‘Dream’ about Future, New Study Finds
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Rats ‘Dream’ about Future, New Study Finds

According to a new study published in the journal eLife, when rats (Rattus rattus) sleep or rest, their brains simulate journeys to a desired goal. Rats dream paths…

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Neuroscientists Successfully Demonstrate Rat and Monkey ‘Brainets’
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Neuroscientists Successfully Demonstrate Rat and Monkey ‘Brainets’

A team of neuroscientists at Duke University published two separate studies today, one involving rats and the other involving rhesus macaque monkeys, that describe experiments on networks of…

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Female and Male Brains Operate Differently at Molecular Level, New Study Reveals
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Female and Male Brains Operate Differently at Molecular Level, New Study Reveals

A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience has revealed an intrinsic biological difference between males and females in the molecular regulation of synapses in the hippocampus.…

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Scientists Digitally Reconstruct Section of Rat Brain
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Scientists Digitally Reconstruct Section of Rat Brain

A large international team of researchers from the Blue Brain Project has digitally reconstructed and simulated a slice of a juvenile rat’s neocortex, an area of the brain…

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Researchers Identify Intelligence Gene Networks
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Researchers Identify Intelligence Gene Networks

A group of scientists led by Imperial College London researcher Michael Johnson has identified two ‘gene networks’ associated with human cognitive abilities. Heatmap of gradient of expression of…

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Songbirds Sing Like Humans, Researchers Say
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Songbirds Sing Like Humans, Researchers Say

Vocal muscles of songbirds work like those of human speakers and singers, according to Emory University scientist Dr Samuel Sober and his colleagues from the University of Southern…

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Neuroscientists: Specific Brain Waves Synchronize Brain Regions During Fear Behavior
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Neuroscientists: Specific Brain Waves Synchronize Brain Regions During Fear Behavior

A new study led by Nikolaos Karalis of the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München and Dr. Cyril Herry of the Neurocentre Magendie has shed light on what actually happens in…

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Neuroscientists Can Identify You by Your ‘Brainprint’ with 100% Accuracy
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Neuroscientists Can Identify You by Your ‘Brainprint’ with 100% Accuracy

A novel technology being developed by a team of researchers at Binghamton University has delivered outstanding results over the ability to identify persons through brain scans. A woman…

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Scientists Identify Brain Circuit that Controls Binge Drinking
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Scientists Identify Brain Circuit that Controls Binge Drinking

A team of scientists led by Dr. Todd Thiele from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has identified a circuit between two brain regions that controls…

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Researchers Create Detailed ‘Semantic Atlas’ of the Mind
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Researchers Create Detailed ‘Semantic Atlas’ of the Mind

A team of neuroscientists and psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley, has created a detailed ‘semantic atlas’ showing which human brain areas respond to hearing different words.…

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Physical Exercise Four Hours after Learning Improves Long-Term Memory, Study Shows
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Physical Exercise Four Hours after Learning Improves Long-Term Memory, Study Shows

A new study in the journal Current Biology shows that physical exercise after learning improves memory and memory traces, but only if the exercise is done in a…

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Neuroscientists Release New Map of Human Cortex
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Neuroscientists Release New Map of Human Cortex

An international team of neuroscientists from the United States and Europe has mapped 180 distinct areas, including 97 that were previously unknown, in human brain cortex, or outer…

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Researchers Discover New Type of Eye Movement
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Researchers Discover New Type of Eye Movement

A team of scientists at the University of Tübingen in Germany has discovered a new type of eye movement that is synchronized with blinking. Normal anatomy of the…

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Pollution-Derived Magnetic Particles Detected in Human Brain
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Pollution-Derived Magnetic Particles Detected in Human Brain

Anthropogenic (combustion-derived) nanoparticles of magnetite, a strongly magnetic mineral, have been discovered to be lodged in human brains — and scientists think these tiny particles could be a…

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