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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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Blood Test Predicts Patient Outcome After Stroke

An ultra-sensitive blood test that reflects brain damage after acute ischemic stroke – and also predicts functional outcome. This is a discovery that is expected to be of great significance in the future.
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What Happens in the Cerebral Cortex When We Hear a Melody?

When we listen to music, two things happen at once in the cerebral cortex – changes in vocal pitch are processed and the next notes are predicted.
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Researchers Identify Part of the Brain That Regulates Decision-Making

Researchers have found important clues to how people make choices involving obtaining information about the future. The scientists identified a set of mental rules that governs decision-making about rewards.
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New Tool Identifies People at Risk of Burnout

It is not uncommon for people to “hit the wall” at work and experience burnout for short or long periods of time. A new tool can identify people at risk.
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The Brain Might Not Be a Blank Slate at Birth After All

Locke argued that the brain is a "tabula rasa" at birth. Neurobiology has mostly agreed with this notion, until recently. Dr. George Dragoi presents a new theory for neurodevelopment that points to the existence of a pre-existing dynamic in the brain.
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Twin Study Sheds Light on Nature vs Nurture Debate

The way our brain processes different emotional and cognitive tasks may be underpinned by common factors, find scientists from UNSW and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA).
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Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Impacts Fetal Brain Development

A new study provides direct evidence that antidepressant use during pregnancy can impact a child’s brain development and contribute to the risk of mental health disorders later in life.
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Neuronal Ripples Reveal Insight Into Human Memory

Spatial navigation and spatial memory play a central role in our lives. Without these abilities, we would hardly be able to find our way around our surroundings and would find it difficult to remember past events.
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Our Brains Are “Programmed” To Learn More From People We Like

Our brains are "programmed" to learn more from people we like – and less from those we dislike. This has been shown by researchers in cognitive neuroscience in a series of experiments.
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The Next Chapter of Science

Join us as we explore how innovation, ethics and even aesthetics look set to influence the landscape of life science research, creating new possibilities for treating human diseases, feeding our growing population and nurturing the scientists of the future.