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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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Language Is a Tool for Communication, Not for Thought, MIT Researchers Argue

Drawing on evidence from neurobiology, cognitive science and corpus linguistics, MIT researchers make the case that language is a tool for communication, not for thought.
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Newly Discovered Face-Detecting Brain Circuit Could Advance Autism Research

Scientists have uncovered a brain circuit in primates that rapidly detects faces. The newly discovered circuit first engages an evolutionarily ancient part of the brain, which can then trigger the eyes and head to turn for a better look.
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Could “Love Hormones” Treat Obesity and Postnatal Depression?

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have identified a gene that can cause obesity, behavioral issues and postnatal depression when missing or impaired. The study, published in Cell, points to oxytocin as a potential treatment.
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Umbilical Cord Milking Shows No Neurodevelopmental Risks in Newborns

A treatment to move blood from the umbilical cord into the body of newborns who are limp, pale and with minimal breathing, known as non-vigorous, does not appear to increase the risk of neurodevelopmental impairment.
A cross-section of the somatosensory cortex in a young mouse brain. A key receptor protein named mGluR1 (green) is necessary to prime sensory circuits early in life, affecting how the mouse senses the world through touch.
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Discovering Early Brain Wiring to Prevent Disorders

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Assistant Professor Gabrielle Pouchelon studies how the brain is wired early in life. In doing so, she hopes to find the origins of various brain dysfunctions and new ways to treat them.
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RNA Editing Differs in Living vs Postmortem Brains

Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have shed valuable light on the nuanced functions and intricate regulatory methods of RNA editing, a critical mechanism underlying brain development and disease.
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Serotonin 2C Receptor Is a Key Regulator of Memory

Researchers have uncovered the role of the serotonin 2C receptor in regulating memory, providing new insights into the factors involved in healthy memory.
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Creating Supranormal Hearing in Mice Validates Hidden Hearing Loss Theory

A study from Michigan Medicine's Kresge Hearing Research Institute was able to produce supranormal hearing in mice, while also supporting a hypothesis on the cause of hidden hearing loss in humans.
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Sex Differences Found in Molecular Mechanisms of Reward Behaviors

A new study has discovered underlying sex differences in the molecular pathways that drive reward-related behaviors. In particular, the study found differences and similarities in the ways males and females strengthened connections between the hippocampus and the nucleus accumbens.
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Tai Chi Reduces Breast Cancer Survivors’ Insomnia and Inflammatory Disease Risk, Study Finds

Chronic insomnia is one of the most prominent symptoms experienced among cancer survivors and poses significant health concerns. A new study shows that Tai Chi led to more significant, sustained reduction in inflammation among participants compared to cognitive behavioral therapy.
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