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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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Brain Cell Overgrowth Before Birth Associated With Autism Severity

Brain organoids derived from toddlers with autism spectrum disorder suggest that subtypes of the condition may have in utero origins. That's according to a new study from researchers at the University of California San Diego, led by Dr. Alysson R. Muotri.
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Study Links High-Fat Diet to Increased Anxiety

When we’re stressed out, many of us turn to junk food for solace. But new CU Boulder research suggests this strategy may backfire. The study found that in animals, a high-fat diet disrupts resident gut bacteria.
A face can be seen in an AC unit.

Our Brains Apply Biases to Faces Seen in Inanimate Objects

Seeing faces in inanimate objects is a common occurrence and research has found our brains assign them the same biases as we would human faces.
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Novel Approach Reveals How Paranoia Arises in the Human Brain

By aligning data from monkeys with human data, researchers have uncovered how one specific region of the brain might provoke feelings of paranoia.
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The Neural Mechanisms Behind Selflessness

Researchers have identified the neural mechanisms behind the universal dilemma of deciding to help someone else at personal cost.
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Thinking About a Location Activates Mental Maps in the Brain

MIT neuroscientists have found that the brain uses the same cognitive representations whether navigating through space physically or mentally.
Successful garbage sorting by an intelligent robot tactile system.

Trash-Sorting Robot Mimics Complex Human Sense of Touch

In Applied Physics Reviews, by AIP Publishing, researchers from Tsinghua University worked to break through the difficulties of robotic recognition of various common, yet complex, items.
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Depression and Memory Are Closely Interrelated, Study of 8,268 People Finds

Depressive symptoms are linked to subsequent memory decline in older people, while poorer memory is also linked to an increase in depressive symptoms later on, according to a new study led by researchers at UCL and Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
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Eczema Drug May Provide Relief for Other Itchy Skin Diseases

A drug approved to treat eczema provided significant improvement in the symptoms of patients with severe itching diseases that currently have no targeted treatments, according to a new study published in JAMA Dermatology.
Three red and white mushroom.

Interest in Potentially Harmful “Magic Mushroom” May Endanger Public Health

Interest in a potentially harmful "magic mushroom" is skyrocketing. Amanita muscaria is being marketed as having similar health benefits to psilocybin, despite being completely different.