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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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Stem Cells Help Scientists Understand How Neuronal Synapses Form and Function

New research clarifies the key mechanisms of synaptic formation, which might allow researchers to further focus on synapse dysfunction and health treatment options.
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Feed Your Microbes: How Diet Influences the Gut Microbiome and Health

Learn about the latest research exploring how diet impacts the gut microbiome and discover how changes to the gut microbiome may be affecting your behavior.
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Molecular Glue Explains How Memories Last a Lifetime

A new study has uncovered a biological explanation for long-term memories. It centers on the discovery of the role of a molecule, KIBRA, that serves as a “glue” to other molecules, thereby solidifying memory formation.
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Potentially Safer MDMA Variants Identified for Psychotherapeutic Use

The use of the active ingredient 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as "ecstasy", to support psychotherapy for mental illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder is being discussed worldwide.
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Intermittent Fasting Study Offers a Blueprint for Researching Diet’s Effect on the Brain

According to a study, while both diets had equally positive effects on reducing insulin resistance markers, intermittent fasting allowed for stronger improvements in memory and executive function than a standard healthy diet.
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Sex-Specific Gene Activity Identified in Copepod Mitochondria

Hundreds of human diseases are linked to dysfunctional mitochondria, and a new study has revealed vast differences in gene activity within the mitochondria of males compared to females.

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Brainwaves Reveal How We Recognize Songs

Researchers have uncovered how our brain reacts to and recognises music. The research shows that listening to music sets off a complex chain reaction of events in the brain —a discovery that may one day be used to help screen for dementia.
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Mindfulness Improves Sleep and Reduces Stress in Healthcare Professionals

Findings of a new study into mindfulness and sleep shed light on how mindfulness relates to emotion regulation and the way people handle stressful situations.
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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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