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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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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.
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CoRSIVs, First Discovered in Humans, Now Found in Cattle

CoRSIVs – regions of epigenetic variation that provide information on epigenetic causes of disease – have now been found in cattle, potentially allowing farmers to select desirable characteristics.
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How does Anesthesia Lead to Unconsciousness?

Propofol, a drug commonly used for general anesthesia, derails the brain’s normal balance between stability and excitability.
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New Technology Reveals How Opioids Affect the Brain

Dr. Lin Tian and her research team have developed new technology that will shed light on the diverse behavioral effects of opioid actions in the brain in response to painful and rewarding experiences.
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Researchers Discover New Neural Biomarker for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

A specific neural activity pattern has been identified as a new biomarker to predict and monitor OCD.
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Researchers Discover Why Board Games Are Popular Among Many People With Autism

Board gaming is a growing industry, and anecdotally popular among people who display autistic traits. New research has highlighted the science supporting the anecdote.
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Chemotherapy Disrupts Gut Microbiome in Patients With Breast Cancer

A new study has illustrated that changes to the gut microbiome during chemotherapy can contribute to cognitive side effects.