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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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The Latest Research News on Meditation, Well-Being and the Brain

Dive into the latest research on meditation, the brain and well-being.
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Ultrasound Technology Can Be Used To Boost Mindfulness, Study Finds

Using low-intensity ultrasound technology, researchers can noninvasively alter the brain region associated daydreaming. They found that doing so enhanced feelings of mindfulness, marking a major advancement in the field of neuroscience.
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First 16 Months a Critical Period in Toddler’s Brain Development, Imaging Study Finds

Researchers examined the brain activity of 16-month-old toddlers using a brain imaging technique. The results revealed that the first 16 months are critical for brain development, enabling toddlers to follow simple instructions and control impulses.
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Researchers Reveal How the Brain's Orbitofrontal Cortex Aids Hearing

The human brain is remarkably adept at adjusting what we hear based on contexts, and researchers have revealed the role of the orbitofrontal cortex in this process.
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Self-Declared “Night Owls” Tend To Perform Better in Cognitive Tests

According to a new study, sleeping between 7-9 hours a night was optimum for brain function, boosting cognitive functions such as memory, reasoning and speed of processing information.
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One in Ten Pregnant People Who Contract COVID Will Develop Long COVID

Nearly one in ten people who get COVID while pregnant will go on to develop long COVID, a new report has found.
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Bat Heart Rates Measured for First Time in Flight

Researchers have, for the first time, measured the heart rates of bats as they fly, revealing how much energy the bats consume.
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Brain-Imaging Study Reveals Curiosity as it Emerges

According to research, when feeling curiosity, the brain shows high activity levels in the occipitotemporal cortex, which has long been known to be involved in vision and recognizing categories of objects.
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Modern Dingoes Share Little DNA With Modern Dog Breeds

A landmark study of ancient dingo DNA revealed that modern dingoes share little DNA with modern dog breeds.
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New Alzheimer’s Drug Donanemab Approved by FDA

The drug donanemab (also known as Kisunla™) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of adults with early symptomatic Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
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