|How our brains integrate online reviews into our own product preferences
||Researchers have identified how the human brain integrates social information when a person decides how much they like something, by studying how user reviews on Amazon influence how people rate the products.
|14 Ways to Get on a New Path When...
||When you are feeling lost in life, it is easy to take the path of least resistance. Whether for you that means laying in bed and shutting out the world or staying in your normal routine. Note that everything on this list should be done … ...
|Building better brains: A bioengineered upgrade for organoids
||Scientists, for the first time, have combined organoids with bioengineering. Using small microfilaments, they show improved tissue architecture that mimics human brain development more accurately and allows more targeted studies of brain development and its malfunctions.
|Researchers closer to cracking neural code of love
||Neuroscientists have discovered a key connection between areas of the adult female prairie vole's brain reward system that promotes the emergence of pair bonds. Results from this study could help efforts to improve social abilities in human disorders with impaired social function, such as autism.
|Metabolic enzyme fuels molecular machinery of memory
||Researchers have discovered, in the mouse brain, that a key metabolic enzyme works directly within the nucleus of neurons to turn genes on or off when new memories are being established.
|Brain's immune cells linked to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, schizophrenia
||Scientists conducted a vast microglia survey, revealing links to neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric illnesses.
|5 Early Signs Of Autism Most People Miss
||How to identify autism before 18 months of age.
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|Breakfast, Brains, and Entropy
||What Waffle House hash browns can teach us about the origins of human consciousness.
|Group Rumination and the Power Of Music
||Music can change the world because it can change people, said Bono.
|Strokes may cause increased preference for alcohol, research suggests
||Brain changes after stroke may lead to increase in alcohol-seeking behavior, at least in animal models, according to research.
|Think you know how to improve your memory? Think again
||We may have to rethink how we improve memory, suggests a researcher. She has found our brains have particular states known as formation and recall. Optimal formation is best achieved when accompanied by novelty whereas familiarity leads to a recall state, hindering the goal. Duncan hopes these findings will one day help us to improve our memories and possibly offer insight into why diseases involving memory loss happen.
|What a locust's nose taught engineers about monkeys' ears
||A team of biomedical engineers recently completed a study offering profound implications for how sensory information may be encoded in the brain.
|5 Common Misconceptions About Grief
||Like many painful emotions, we don’t talk much about grief. Grief is the emotional experience due to any type of loss. Being the experience-that-must-not-be-named (yes, I just made a Harry Potter reference) gives rise to lot of confusion and misconceptions about what grief actually is, … ...
|Is Trump's Abstinence a Personality Disorder?
||Rather than quitting drinking without going to AA , as Kurt Anderson indicated was so for George W. Bush, Donald Trump makes us think that abstinence itself causes problems.
|Sharing voluntarily makes young kids happy
||New findings provide fascinating insights into the psychology of preschool age children, and the first evidence that sharing under social norms is less emotionally rewarding than sharing voluntarily.
|Take a look, and you'll see, into your imagination
||Using fMRI signals and Deep Neural Network AI, researchers decode and predict what a subject is seeing or imagining.
|Oxytocin reduces cravings for methamphetamine
||Many people have suggested that addiction hijacks the body's natural drives in the service of compulsive drug use. A new study now suggests that hijacking another natural system in the brain may help overcome drug addiction. The study shows that administration of oxytocin -- a naturally occurring molecule well known for its role in social bonding and childbirth -- reduces drug-seeking behavior in methamphetamine-addicted rats.
|The Geometry of Your Brain Shapes Your Future
||Looking at your brain scan is like looking into a crystal ball
|Parental Rejection Drives Childhood Emotional Eating
||Parental rejection may be an important catalyst for emotional eating during childhood – possibly more so than peer rejection. That’s according to a new study from psychologists at Ghent University in Belgium. In the study, 55 children between the ages of 11 and 15 kept daily diaries for a week,...
|Infection with seasonal flu may increase risk of developing Parkinson's disease
||Most cases of Parkinson's have no known cause, and researchers continue to debate and study possible factors that may contribute to the disease. Research now suggests that a certain strain of influenza virus predisposes mice to developing pathologies that mimic those seen in Parkinson's disease.