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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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New Study Tracks 180,000 Patients for a Decade After a Psychiatric Diagnosis

According to a new study, almost half of all psychiatric patients are diagnosed with a different diagnosis within 10 years of receiving their first diagnosis.
corticotropin-releasing hormone neurons in the lateral interstitial nucleus of the posterior limb of the anterior commissure region.

Brain Circuit That Triggers Avoidance Behavior Identified

Researchers have found that neurons in a largely neglected region of the brain produce a stress hormone that plays a role in behavioral arousal, locomotor activation and avoidance behavior.
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Children’s Behavioral Development Is Linked to How You Help Them Sleep

Researchers have discovered that parental methods to help toddlers sleep are related to the development of a child’s temperament.
Fluorescence studies measuring the expression of gene enhancer proteins from 6 million years ago versus today.

Human Traits Were “Fine-Tuned” After Split From Common Ancestor

The rapid fine-tuning of regions of the genome associated with brain development, digestion and immunity after our family line split from chimpanzees likely produced uniquely human traits.

Is Ayahuasca Safe? Ask the Researcher

A recent study analyzed the adverse effects reported by users of the hallucinogenic tea, ayahuasca. In this Ask the Researcher, we spoke with the lead author of the study Dr. Daniel Perkins about the key findings and their implications for public health.
Colorful plates.

Can Tablewear Color Put Off Picky Eaters?

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have shown that the color of the bowl that food is served in can influence taste perception in picky eaters.
A diagram showing how fish exposed to certain drugs experienced a change in the levels of some autism-linked genes, and lost interest in social interaction.

Social Behavior Gene Could Be Key to Understanding Autism

A new animal study points to a gene that is important for the earliest development of basic social behaviors. The work also suggests that exposure to certain drugs and environmental risk factors during embryonic development can cause changes to this gene, leading to alterations in social behavior that are similar to those found in individuals who have autism.
different molecules made up by atoms.

Brain-Like Computing Is Possible at the Atomic Scale

According to research, unconventional brain-like computing at the tiniest scale of atoms and molecules is possible.
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Cognitive Technique Brings Out Creativity in "Conventional" Thinkers

Even people who tend to think conventionally, such as accountants or insurance adjusters, can be creative, a recent study suggests, if they can look at emotional situations in a different light.

Artistic recreation of neurons in the brain.

New ALS Marker Could Be Neurodegeneration Trigger

A new hallmark of the neurodegenerative disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been identified, revealing a likely molecular trigger of the disease.