Neuroscience

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

Did Sucking Bone Marrow Give Humans Our Big Brains?

Long before human ancestors began hunting large mammals for meat, a fatty diet provided them with the nutrition to develop bigger brains, according to a paper in Current Anthropology. The paper argues that our early ancestors acquired a taste for fat by ea ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 7 2019 - 3:24pm

Oxytocin And Vasopressin- An Experiment Tackles The Chemistry Of Love And Altruism

Love is a complex topic. You love your dog differently than you love chocolate. There are times when you might put your dog, or a loved one, ahead of yourself, but you would never jump in front of a moving car to save chocolate. ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Feb 12 2019 - 12:49pm

The Genetics Of Having Perfect Pitch

Perfect pitch may be more strongly under genetic control than previously thought, according to a new study. Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven were able to precisely identify musical notes and there is certainly a genetic component to music like there is math or ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 12 2019 - 2:41pm