Neuroscience

Dopamine Discovery May Bring Freedom From Irrational Fear

Fear is a healthy response, kept intact over eons of evolution, but sometimes it can be irrational. A new brain circuit discovery may help make sense of the madness. The study details the role of dopamine in ensuring that rats stop being afraid when there ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 10 2018 - 2:22pm

Why Pot Gives You The Munchies Identified In Animal Studies

It's no secret that marijuana usage leads to hunger, it even has a colloquial name- "the munchies." But understanding the neuroscience of that that could also help people who lose their appetites during illness.  ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 17 2018 - 11:01am

Your First Memory May Not Be Real

Neuroscientists believe that people's earliest memories date from around three to three-and-a-half years of age but many people report memories much earlier than that. It's likely just as fake as claims of repressed memories from the 1980s.  At ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 19 2018 - 11:00am

Brains Of Teenage Girls Who Engage In Cutting Are Similar To Those With Borderline Personality Disorder

A pilot study in Development and Psychopathology concluded that teenage girls who engage in self-harm like cutting often have brain features like adults with borderline personality disorder. Often is relative, since this was only 40 individuals. Cutting an ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 14 2018 - 12:20pm

Fruit Flies Have The Cognitive Ability To Learn Sexual Preferences- And Perhaps Transmit Them Culturally

Do Drosophila, commonly called fruit flies, have culture? Culture, lasting changes in a group that cannot be ascribed to genetic or ecological variation, is obviously a human quality, and it may be found in other vertebrates like some other primates and bi ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 30 2018 - 3:02am

Are MicroRNAs The Key To Autism?

Since microRNAs are key regulators of biological processes, a microRNA cluster that regulates synaptic strength and is involved in the control of social behavior in mammals may be a new path toward therapeutic strategies for the treatment of social deficit ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 14 2018 - 12:01am

Cilia: Why The Hair Inside Your Head Is More Important Than The Kind Outside

Cells along the brain's cavities are equipped with tiny hair-like protrusions called cilia but relative to their importance, we know little about them. Unless they are not doing their job. People with ciliary defects can develop neurological conditio ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 3 2019 - 3:47pm

Your Brain Can Still Pay Attention During Sleep- And Science Can Now Hear What Your Sleeping Brain Hears

Our brains can track the sounds in its environment while we sleep, and favor the most relevant ones, according to a recent study. No great new information there. Everyone has woken up from sleep because of noise. But the mechanism that allows us (and some ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 14 2019 - 11:15am

Why We Fail At New Year’s Resolutions, And What To Do About It

The new year has only just begun, yet by Valentine’s Day some 80 percent of us will have already given up on those well-intentioned commitments – at least according to University of Minnesota researcher Marti Hope Gonzales. Why is that? ...

Article - Michael Merzenich - Jan 23 2019 - 8:00am

Honeybees Do Arithmetic

Bees have tiny brains but that is all relative; It seems they also possess complex number skills. Lots of animals count as shown by how many engage in foraging, shoaling, and resource management arithmetic, addition and subtraction, is rare, only a few non ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 6 2019 - 5:39pm