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What You Do When Bored is Important to Your Mental Health
News   Jul 10, 2019

Boredom is a common human experience. But how people cope with or handle being bored is important for mental health. The brains of people who are prone to boredom react differently, compared to those who don't, Perone and his colleagues found in a new paper recently published in the journal Psychophysiology.



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Chinchilla Hearing Study Shows How the Brain Encodes Sounds
News   Jul 10, 2019

The most common causes of hearing loss -- age and excessive noise -- have different effects on sound processing in the brain, reports a new study in JNeurosci. This finding suggests each type of hearing loss should have its own unique treatment.

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Spermine Smells Like Love...for Sea Lampreys at Least
News   Jul 10, 2019

Some people are drawn to cologne; others are attracted to perfume. When it comes to sea lampreys, however, spermine smells like love.

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A Concussion Can Cost You Your Job
News   Jul 10, 2019

A seemingly harmless concussion can cause the loss of a job - especially for patients who are in their thirties and for those with a higher education. According to a large new study, these patients have a much higher risk of being without regular employment five years after the incident.

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Hunger Hormone May Have a Role in Memory
News   Jul 10, 2019

A team of researchers have identified a surprising new role for the "hunger hormone" ghrelin. Ghrelin has previously been recognized for its unique role in sending hunger signals from the gut to the brain, but these new findings suggest that it may also be important for memory control.

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Mouse Study Shows Retina Restructures Itself After Cell Death
News   Jul 09, 2019

Following gene therapy, the retina can restructure itself and regain normal light responses, according to research.

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Theta Oscillations Explain the Brain's GPS
News   Jul 09, 2019

The brain appears to implement a GPS system for spatial navigation; however, it is not yet fully understood how it works. In the journal Science Advances, researchers from Freiburg, Bochum and Beijing now suggest that rhythmic fluctuations in brain activity, so-called theta oscillations, may play a role in this process.

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Investigating the Cockatoo With 14 Dance Moves
News   Jul 09, 2019

A sulphur-crested cockatoo named Snowball garnered YouTube fame and headlines a decade ago for his uncanny ability to dance to the beat of the Backstreet Boys. Now, researchers reporting in Current Biology on July 8 are back with new evidence that Snowball isn't limited in his dance moves.

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Psychiatric Diagnoses Found to Be "Scientifically Meaningless"
News   Jul 09, 2019

A new study, published in Psychiatry Research, has concluded that psychiatric diagnoses are scientifically worthless as tools to identify discrete mental health disorders.

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Schwann Cell Discovery Rewrites the Textbook on the Peripheral Nervous System
News   Jul 08, 2019

Scientists have discovered that a special type of cell is much more prolific in generating a protective sheath covering nerve fibers than previously believed. The revelation about Schwann cells raises the possibility of new avenues to treat nerve injuries and various forms of neuropathy.

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