Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features
Running To “Escape” Stress? It Could Lead to Dependence
A new study by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) explored whether “escapism” can help us to understand running motivation and exercise dependence.
Chronic Stress Produces Behavioral Change by Stimulating a Newly Identifed Neuron Population
It’s clear that chronic stress can impact our behavior, leading to problems like depression, reduced interest in things that previously brought us pleasure, even PTSD. Now scientists have evidence that a group of neurons in a bow-shaped portion of the brain become hyperactive after chronic exposure to stress.
The Neurons That Learn The Smell of Threats
Researchers have identified a specific set of neurons in the accessory olfactory system of mice that can learn the scent of another mouse that is a potential threat.
Traffic Pollution Found To Impair Brain Function
A first-in-the-world study suggests that even brief exposure to air pollution has rapid impacts on the brain.
How Vascular Health and Sex Alter Alzheimer's Risk
According to research, two known Alzheimer’s risk factors affect males and females very differently.
Young Chimps, Like Human Teens, Take More Risks
Adolescent chimpanzees share some of the same risk-taking behaviors as human teens, but they may be less impulsive than their human counterparts.
Emotional “Blunting” From Common Antidepressants Explained
A new study has discovered the possible origins of emotional “blunting”, a side effect experienced by as many as one in two users who take a common class of antidepressants.
What Makes Some Neurons More Vulnerable to Huntington's?
New research has illustrated how two distinct cell populations in the striatum are affected differently by Huntington's disease.
Why Do Emotional Events Stay in Our Memory?
Neuroscientists have identified a specific neural mechanism in the human brain that tags information with emotional associations for enhanced memory.
Social Media Networks Exploit Habitual Behavior and Drive Fake News
A new study upends popular misconceptions that the spread of misinformation on social media is due to personal bias or a lack of critical thinking, instead revealing the spread of fake news is habitual.