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Harvard-Led Research Suggests Bright Light Enhances Mood by Regulating Sleep

Why might more time in the sun boost a person’s mood? A new study led by investigators at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests that sleep may hold the key.
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Psychedelic Trips From Psilocybin a Result of Disruptions to the Brain Network

In a new study, researchers report that psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms, temporarily scrambles a critical network of brain areas involved in introspective thinking such as daydreaming and remembering.
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Negative Mental and Physical Health Among Caregivers Linked to Stress-Related Cell Damage

It’s no secret that the caregivers of spouses with memory impairment face enormous amounts of stress. Researchers have found that this intense pressure can be felt at the cellular level and is linked to negative physical and mental health effects.
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Researchers Identify Brain Circuits Tied to the Behavior of Schooling Fish

Collective social behaviors, such as fish schooling, are remarkable displays of behavioral complexity in the natural world. Researchers have pinpointed some of the brain circuits tied to this behavior.
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Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer Linked With Lower Dementia Risk

One of the largest studies of its kind has found that hormone-modulating therapy for breast cancer treatment can reduce Alzheimer's risk.
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On Instagram, Teens Sift For Interesting Content, But Mostly Feel Bored

A study tracked the experiences of 25 US teens as they used Instagram moment by moment and found that while some teens do experience negative feelings, the dominant feeling they have around the platform is boredom.
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Siblings of Autistic Children Have 20% Chance of Autism

A new study based on a large, diverse group of families at research sites across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom has found that siblings of autistic children have a 20% chance of being autistic themselves.
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Small Regions of the Brain Take “Micro-Naps” While the Rest Is Awake

Regions of the brain can momentarily “flicker” awake while the rest of the brain remains asleep, and vice versa while awake, reveals a new study.
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Study Reveals How Obesity Gene Affects the Brain

New research has shown how a gene called SH2B1 affects the brain to play an important role in regulating food intake.
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Study Pinpoints Origins of Creativity in the Brain

Creative thought is a hallmark of humanity, but it’s an ephemeral, almost paradoxical ability, striking unexpectedly when it’s not sought out. And the neurological source of creativity is similarly elusive.