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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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Mouse Study Investigates Matcha's Effects on Depression

Matcha, a traditional Japanese tea, has been touted for its health benefits—it can boost mood and mental performance in humans and mice alike—but more mechanistic research is required. Hence, researchers from Japan evaluated the anti-depressive effects of Matcha tea powder in mice
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Cocaine Use Can Halt Opioid Addicts' Recovery. Could Antidepressants Help?

An antidepressant medication called bupropion, also used for smoking cessation, may help people stop using cocaine while in treatment for opioid use disorder.
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A Failure of Brain Regions To Sync Could Make Memories Fail

Learning, remembering something, and recalling memories are supported by multiple separate groups of neurons connected inside and across key regions in the brain. If these neural assemblies fail to sync together at the right time, the memories are lost, a new study.
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Newer Animal Model of Down Syndrome Is More Similar to Humans

Researchers have found that a new genetic animal model of Down syndrome is more similar to the changes seen in humans and shows milder cognitive traits than a previously studied model.
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A New Piece Added to the Alzheimer's Protein Puzzle

Researchers have uncovered a novel regulatory mechanism in the brain that is essential for making the right kinds of proteins that promote healthy brain function, and its malfunctioning may be an early contributor to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Could Machine Learning Power Up Weak Brain Imaging Studies?

Prior research on brain-wide associated studies has shown that links between brain function and structure and traits are so weak that thousands of participants are needed to detect replicable effects. However, a new study suggests stronger links can be obtained when machine learning algorithms are utilized, which can garner high-powered results from moderate sample sizes.

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Could Altering Calcium Balance Treat Brain Diseases?

Researchers find that the side effects caused by treating brain diseases with antisense oligonucleotides are related to altered calcium balance.

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Apes Spin To Make Themselves Dizzy on Purpose

Great apes deliberately spin themselves in order make themselves dizzy, academics at the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham have discovered.

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Diabetes and Toothlessness Linked to Faster Cognitive Decline

According to a study, having both diabetes and tooth loss contributes to worse cognitive function and faster cognitive decline in older adults.
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The Psychological Differences Between City and Country Living

According to a study, Americans who live in more rural areas tend to be more anxious and depressed, as well as less open-minded and more neurotic.