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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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The Gut–Brain Axis May Not Operate as Previously Thought

New information on how the gut and brain communicate has been uncovered by Flinders University researchers in a development that could influence how we make and use certain drugs, such as antidepressants.
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Placental Oxygen Levels Linked to Fetal Brain Development

A new study shows oxygenation levels in the placenta, formed during the last three months of fetal development, are an important predictor of cortical growth and is likely a predictor of childhood cognition and behaviour.
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Human Study Reveals Dopamine and Serotonin’s Role in Social Behavior

Scientists delve into the world of chemical neuromodulators actions in the human brain, specifically dopamine and serotonin, to reveal their role in social behavior.
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Integrating Environmental Factors Into Genomic Research for a Deeper Understanding of Behavior

A deeper understanding of genotype by environment interactions at the molecular level could be a potent antidote to societal concerns.
The activity of Snhg11 (red) pictured in the dentate gyrus region of the hippocampus in mice.

Down Syndrome Memory Challenges Tied to Genome's "Dark Matter"

Researchers reveal that the Snhg11 gene is critical for the function and formation of neurons in the hippocampus. Experiments with mice and human tissues revealed the gene is less active in brains with Down syndrome.
A 3D model of a human brain.

Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Technique Shows Potential for Treating Brain Disorders

New research unveils a novel technique that could transform the treatment landscape for brain disorders. The team developed a non-invasive brain stimulation method, which holds tremendous potential for inducing long-lasting changes in brain function.

TAU Protein Study Challenges Our Understanding of Parkinson’s Disease

In a new study, resesarchers unveil pivotal insights into the progression of Parkinson's disease, presenting new hope for patients battling the severely debilitating disorder.
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Deep Brain Stimulation Pinpoints Disrupted Neural Pathways

To pinpoint the exact therapeutic target areas of the brain, a team led by researchers analyzed data from patients across the globe who had undergone implantation of tiny electrodes to stimulate the brain.
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Brain Wave and Skin Response Sensors Elevate Consumer Insights

Machines still can’t think, but now they can validate your feelings, based on new research from New Jersey Institute of Technology Assistant Professor Jorge Fresneda.
Sleeping person.

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.