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Body Movements Not Needed To Learn Virtual Spaces
News   Sep 19, 2019

In a new study published in the journal Neuron, researchers have explored whether or not being able to physically move through virtual spaces improves how we learn them.

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Introverts Who Pretend To Be Extroverts Report Being Happier
News   Sep 18, 2019

If you are an introvert, force yourself to be an extravert. You’ll be happier. That’s the suggestion of the first-ever study asking people to act like extraverts for a prolonged period. For one week, the 123 participants were asked to – in some cases – push the boundaries of their willingness to engage, by acting as extraverts.

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The Marketplace in Our Brain
News   Sep 18, 2019

A new study has found that bidding in a competitive market, our brains use a special type of heuristic to adjust the price depending on the success of previous attempts to buy goods. Moreover, this learning mechanism involves not only the cerebral cortex, but the evolutionary ancient brain area of the striatum.

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Don’t Make Important Decisions on an Empty Stomach
News   Sep 18, 2019

We all know that food shopping when hungry is a bad idea but new research suggests that people might want to avoid making any important decisions about the future on an empty stomach.

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A New Piece of the Alzheimer's Puzzle
News   Sep 18, 2019

Two years after discovering a way to neutralize a rogue protein linked to Alzheimer's disease, University of Alberta Distinguished University Professor and neurologist Jack Jhamandas has found a new piece of the Alzheimer's puzzle, bringing him closer to a treatment for the disease.

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Positive Can Balance the Negative in Childhood Experiences
News   Sep 18, 2019

New research from BYU shows just how important positive childhood experiences are for our long-term health — especially for those who experience significant adversity as a child.

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Model Shows How Algal Toxin May Cause ALS
News   Sep 18, 2019

A computer generated-simulation has allowed researchers to see how a toxin produced by algal blooms in saltwater might cause Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

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Phase 1 Trial Shows Cell Therapy Could Be a Feasible Treatment for Stroke Patients
News   Sep 18, 2019

Researchers have reported that bone marrow cells used to treat ischemic stroke in an expanded Phase I trial were not only safe and feasible, but also resulted in enhanced recovery compared to a matched historical control group.

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Zebrafish Study Shows Brain Activity Intensity Drives the Need for Sleep
News   Sep 17, 2019

The intensity of brain activity during the day, notwithstanding how long we've been awake, appears to increase our need for sleep, according to a new UCL study in zebrafish.

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Alzheimer's Risk Gene Impairs Brain's Immune Cells
News   Sep 17, 2019

A study carried out with a new human stem cell-derived model reveals that the most prevalent genetic risk factor of Alzheimer's disease (AD), apolipoprotein E4 (APOE4), impairs the function of human brain immune cells, microglia. These findings pave the way for new, effective treatment approaches for AD. The results were published in Stem Cell Reports.

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