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Sex-based Differences Identified in Brain Centers Linked to Memory and Emotion
News   Oct 03, 2019

Researchers have uncovered sex-based differences in the development of the hippocampus and amygdala. These brain areas have been implicated in the biology of several mental disorders that impact males and females differently.

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Giving a Speed Boost to Nerve Regrowth
News   Oct 03, 2019

Researchers have uncovered a molecular process controlling the rate at which nerves grow, which could inform therapies for nerve injury.

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Hearing Voices in Schizophrenia Could Start in Infancy
News   Oct 03, 2019

To investigate the biological origins of hearing "voices" in patients with schizophrenia, researchers used ultra-high field imaging to compare the auditory cortex of schizophrenic patients with healthy individuals. They found that schizophrenic patients had abnormal tonotopic organization of the auditory cortex, which is a process that begins early in life.

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At What Age Do Children Learn That One Good Turn Deserves Another?
News   Oct 02, 2019

A study by LMU psychologists has investigated how reciprocity as a prosocial trait develops in children up to the age of 5.

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Deep Learning Tool Enables Animal Behavior Monitoring
News   Oct 02, 2019

A new toolkit goes beyond existing machine learning methods by measuring body posture in animals with high speed and accuracy. The deep learning toolkit, called DeepPoseKit, combines previous methods for pose estimation with state-of-the-art developments in computer science.

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Fish Fathers Exhibit “Baby Brain”
News   Oct 02, 2019

Many new parents are familiar with terms like "baby brain" or "mommy brain" that hint at an unavoidable decline in cognitive function associated with the hormonal changes of pregnancy, childbirth, and maternal caregiving. A new study of parental care in stickleback fish is a reminder that such parenting-induced changes in the brain and associated shifts in cognition and behavior are not just for females--and they're not just for mammals either.

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Inflammatory Protein Could Put the Brakes on Alzheimer's
News   Oct 02, 2019

Biologists have made a major finding on combating inflammation linked to the disease. The discovery concerns the role of a protein called TOM-1, and is part of a shift in the field toward examining the molecular underpinnings of Alzheimer's processes.

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Is This Brain Cell the Link Between Consciousness and Its Contents?
News   Oct 01, 2019

Scientists have discovered a potential structural connection between awareness or consciousness and its contents, such as thoughts and experiences.

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Does Smartphone Dependency Increase Risk of Depression?
News   Oct 01, 2019

A new study has suggested that young people who are dependent upon their smartphones may be at an increased risk for depression and loneliness.

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Anxious People May Strategically Avoid Relaxing
News   Oct 01, 2019

Relaxing is supposed to be good for the body and soul, but people with anxiety may actively resist relaxation and continue worrying to avoid a large jump in anxiety if something bad does happen, according to Penn State research.

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