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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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Dogs' Cognitive Aging Patterns Mirror Humans

The cognitive aging patterns in dogs, particularly surrounding the "general cognitive factor", a fundamental component of intelligence, mirror those in humans.
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Ultrasound Therapy Boosts Cognition in Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers from UQ's Queensland Brain Institute have found that targeting amyloid plaque in the brain is not essential for ultrasound to deliver cognitive improvement in neurodegenerative disorders.
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AI Reveals How Our Personality Influences the Expression of Our Genes

A new study is the first to measure the transcription of the entire genome in relation to human personality, showing how our personalities influence gene expression.
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Long-Term Memory Formation Requires Nerve Cell Damage

A new study published in Nature puts a different spin on inflammation’s role in the brain, one that could have implications for drugs that target inflammatory pathways.
A living-tissue model developed by Dartmouth researchers showed that a fatal trauma killed younger oligodendrocytes.

Brain Cells Unexpectedly Linger Before Their Death

For oligodendrocytes–the central nervous system cells critical for brain function–age may not bring wisdom, but it does come with the power to cling to life for much, much longer than scientists knew. That’s according to a new study.
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A New, Refined Method for Analyzing Brain Signals

University of Minnesota Medical School researchers have introduced a new, refined method for analyzing brain signals, enhancing our understanding of brain functionality.
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Grasslands Should Be Matched to Cows' Personalities, Say Researchers

Recognizing personality differences in cattle could help ranchers select herds that best meet grazing needs on rangelands, leading to better animal health and environmental conditions.
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Negative Experiences With Cannabis Could Be Tied to Genetics

Differences in how young adults metabolize THC, the main part of cannabis that makes people feel “high,” can influence how they feel after taking the drug as well as their potential risk for developing cannabis use disorder, or CUD.
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Study Reveals Common Autism Mechanisms and Potential Treatment Targets

An analysis of how brains with different forms of autism develop has revealed common underlying mechanisms that may respond to existing medications.
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Women Experience Sleep Disruption in the Days Before Menstruation

Understanding the intricate dance between women's menstrual cycles and sleep patterns is an important focus for women’s health research. Scientists recently published a study investigating how these factors interplay to impact women's wellbeing.