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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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How Neighboring Synapses Help Shape Learning and Memory

Researchers have developed a new model that provides a holistic view of how our brain manages to learn quickly and forms stable, long-lasting memories.
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PTSD in Pregnant Women Linked to Higher Risk of ADHD in Offspring

A comprehensive registry study from Karolinska Institutet shows that children of women who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) right before or during pregnancy are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD later in life.
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Food-Seeking Cells Discovered in a Brain Area Usually Associated With Panic

A new study from UCLA researchers is the first to discover food-seeking cells in a part of a mouse’s brain usually associated with panic – but not with feeding.
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Human Neuroscience Is Paving the Way for AI Innovation

A multidisciplinary research effort to understand how smart AI tools really are could lead to innovative AIs that are more similar to the human brain than ever before.
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Double Jointedness May Be Linked to Higher Risk of Long COVID

People who are ‘double jointed,’ a condition formally known as generalised joint hypermobility, may be at heightened risk of long COVID, suggests a case-control study published in the open access journal BMJ Public Health.
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Endometriosis: What’s the Latest Research?

Endometriosis represents a multifaceted challenge affecting millions of individuals globally. Recent studies have massively advanced our understanding of how the condition affects individuals and is helping to improve the lives of those affected.
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“Transcendent” Thinking May Grow Teenagers’ Brains Over Time

"Transcendent" thinking, which considers broader ethical, systems-level and personal implications at play, could grow teenagers' brains over time.
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fMRI Interpretation Is Not As Straightforward as It Seems

A landmark study, led by Yen-Yu Ian Shih, PhD, professor of neurology and associate director of UNC’s Biomedical Research Imaging Center, could alter how researchers interpret results from functional magnetic resonance imaging.
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Studies Finds No Evidence of Brain Injury in “Havana Syndrome” Cases

Using imaging techniques and clinical assessments, researchers found no significant evidence of MRI-detectable brain injury among a group of federal employees who experienced anomalous health incidents (AHIs).
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Complexities in Age-Related Memory Decline

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas Center for Vital Longevity (CVL) have discovered that brain correlates of age-related memory decline are more complicated than previously believed.