Hunting the Brain Circuits Behind Alcohol CravingsNews
Scientists at Scripps Research have found that they can reverse the desire to drink in alcohol-dependent rats—with the flip of a switch. The researchers were able to use lasers to temporarily inactivate a specific neuronal population, reversing alcohol-seeking behavior and even reducing the physical symptoms of withdrawal.
BRAIN Scientists Make Strides in Mapping the Mouse CortexNews
Researchers have outlined a way to classify neurons based not only on how they look, but on with which other neurons they are capable of communicating.Read more
Fast-acting Psychedelic Eases Depression and AnxietyNews
Researchers have discovered that use of the synthetic psychedelic, 5-methocy-N,-N-dimethyltryptamine, appears to be associated with unintended improvements in self-reported depression and anxiety when given in a ceremonial group setting.Read more
Lower Brain Connectivity Makes the Working Day Tougher for Night OwlsArticle
Working together with scientists at the University of Campinas in Brazil, and the University of Surrey, Birmingham researchers found that the brains of night owls have lower levels of connectivity in many brain regions which are implicated in the maintenance of consciousness.
Exploring Sleep and Genetics on World Sleep Day 2019Article
March 15, 2019 marks World Sleep Day, an annual event organized by the World Sleep Society to celebrate sleep. Today, we explore the scientific research that looks at the links between our genes, why we sleep, and the negative impact a lack of sleep may have.Read more
Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in ScienceArticle
We recently spoke with Jessica Wade, PhD, a physicist at Imperial College London to learn more about her extraordinary efforts to raise the profile of female scientists and other underrepresented groups in science.Read more
World Yoga Day: Finding the OM in GenOMicsArticle
A recent climb in the number of people taking up a regular yoga or meditation practise has seen the terms “downward dog” and “tree pose” enter the everyday vocabulary of many. Today, on World Yoga Day, people come together across the world to celebrate the unity that yoga brings. However, from a scientific perspective, what evidence exists that supports the benefits of a regular yoga and meditation practise?
'Smiling depression': It's Possible to be Depressed While Appearing HappyArticle
Here's why that's particularly dangerous.Read more