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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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Only 15% of People Sleep the Recommended Amount

A new study by Flinders University calculated just how challenging it is for adults to sleep the recommended 7-9 hours per night. Only 31% of people sleep 7-9 hours for five or more nights per week.
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TB Vaccine Shrinks Liver Cancers in Mouse Study

A UC Davis Health study found that a single dose of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), the vaccine for tuberculosis (TB), reduced liver tumor burden and extended the survival of mice with liver cancer.
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How Bats Distinguish Echolocation and Communication Calls

Neurobiologists at Goethe University Frankfurt have shown that the brainstem is more involved in the processing of natural acoustic signals than expected .
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Smaller Testes Equals Better Parenting in Male Glassfrogs

Researchers show that male glassfrogs that care for their offspring have smaller testes than males of species that do not provide any brood care. This indicates an evolutionary trade-off between sperm production and parenting.
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Sleep Improves Our Ability To Remember Complex Events

Sleep helps consolidate our memory of complex associations, thus supporting the ability to complete memories of whole events.
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Researchers Discover Cause of “Brain Fog” Linked to Long COVID

A team of scientists from Trinity College Dublin and investigators from FutureNeuro announced a major discovery that has profound importance for our understanding of brain fog and cognitive decline seen in some patients with Long COVID.
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New Cell Culture Model Identifies Potential ALS Drug Target

Using the new cell culture model "iNets", University of Zurich researchers identified a missing link between aberrant TDP-43 behavior and neuronal cell death: a toxic accumulation of NPTX2, a protein that is usually secreted through the synapses.
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High Levels of Inflammatory Protein Linked to Long COVID

SARS-CoV-2 triggers the production of the antiviral protein IFN-γ, which is associated with fatigue, muscle ache and depression. New research shows that in Long COVID patients, IFN-y production persists until symptoms improve.
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Ancient Glue Suggests Neanderthals and Early Humans Had Similar Thought Patterns

A new study of stone tools from the Middle Palaeolithic period – between 120,000 and 40,000 years ago – suggests that Neanderthals might have had a higher level of cognition than previously thought.
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Variation in Trust Levels Has a Genetic Component

Trust, a cornerstone of human interaction, has a significant genetic component, with around 33% of the variation between individuals attributed to our genes.