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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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Slow-Release Ketamine Pill Reduces Severe Depression Symptoms, Study Finds

Research has found that a new tablet form of ketamine has shown promise in treating severe depression, offering a potential alternative to existing clinic-based treatments that can be expensive and lacking in convenience for some patients.
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How the Brain Prioritizes Urgent Goals Over Non-Urgent Ones

In a new study, researchers have studied how the brain memorizes and updates the goals to be achieved. The study reveals differences in how we process immediate and distant goals at both behavioral and cerebral levels.
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Older Psychedelic Users Report Fewer Depressive Symptoms

Older individuals who self-reported using psychedelics had fewer depressive symptoms and higher cognitive performance, a new study, published in Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, has found.
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How Scientists Are Fighting For Truth in a Burning World

In this article, Dr. Natalie Cooper, an ecologist and senior researcher at the Natural History Museum in London, shares her insights on persevering as a scientist amidst global crises.
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In Vivo Imaging Reveals Increased Estrogen Receptors in the Post-Menopausal Brain

A new study by Weill Cornell Medicine scientists sheds light on the brain activity changes that occur during menopause. The research used a pioneering brain imaging tool to track estrogenic activity in healthy women for the first time.
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Positive Life Linked to Mitochondria

Having more positive experiences in life is associated with lower odds of developing brain disorders like Alzheimer's disease and even a longer life. A study now suggests that the brain’s mitochondria may play a fundamental part.
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Babies’ Brains Impacted by Mother’s Stress During COVID-19 Pandemic

The research from Children’s National Hospital provides mounting evidence that children of the pandemic, even those far too young to understand it, need ongoing assessments of developmental or mental health support later in life.
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New “Smart Bandages” Have Potential to Revolutionize the Treatment of Chronic Wounds

"Smart bandages" that can automatically sense and respond to changes in a wound could revolutionize chronic wound treatment, including diabetic ulcers and surgical wounds.
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Navigating Eco-Anxiety in Children

This article delves deep into the hearts and minds of our youngest generation, confronting the acute and long-term impact of climate anxiety on children and
shedding light on how we can support young people through these tumultuous times.
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New Rules for Psychedelic Therapy Programs

Oregon is first in the nation to provide state-regulated access to magic mushrooms; study is first to identify measures for high-quality services.