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Searching for signs of autism in early infant behavior

Fearfulness and shyness in babies and toddlers predict features of autism at age 7, according to a new study. But ...
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Hardwired for delusion: How our brains deceive us

[Present bias] is the tendency people have, when considering a trade-off between two future moments, to more heavily weight the ...
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Searching for the origins of the ‘dark traits’ of humanity

We all know people who consistently display ethically, morally, and socially questionable behavior in everyday life. Personality psychologists refer to ...
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Boy almost back to normal 3 years after doctors remove large section of his brain

A boy who had large parts of the right side of his brain removed due to a slow-growing tumor made ...
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Could studying rare Parkinson’s mutation help treat other cases?

A handful of gene mutations are linked to inherited PD, but they account for less than 15 percent of the ...
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Explaining hallucinations through math

[Researcher Heinrich Klüver] classified [hallucinogenic patterns he experienced] into four distinct types that he dubbed “form constants”: lattices (including checkerboards, ...
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Video: How does the brain act on what it sees?

What we see often determines how we act: We hit the brakes if a car is stopped ahead of us ...
Why autism looks so different in girls

Why autism looks so different in girls

Girls tend to be diagnosed with autism later in life than boys--often after being misdiagnosed with something else first. Why ...
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Study sparks fresh debate over an old theory on the cause of Alzheimer’s

In the long-running debate over just what causes Alzheimer’s disease, one side looks to have scored a victory with new ...
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Differences in brain reward system may explain why autistic people are less interested in socialization

The brain’s system for sensing pleasure and reward shows unusual activation patterns in people with autism, according to an analysis ...
Blossoming brains—Why some people suddenly become geniuses or musical savants

Blossoming brains—Why some people suddenly become geniuses or musical savants

Savant syndrome comes in different forms. In congenital savant syndrome the extraordinary savant ability surfaces in early childhood. In acquired ...
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Here’s the thing about hallucinations: They’re not ‘categorically good or bad’

As late as the 18th century, hallucinations in their various forms were considered independent diseases or syndromes. In 1821, Alexis ...
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Why the idea of solving problems with unconscious thought is ‘fanciful’

The great French mathematician and physicist Henri Poincaré (1854–1912) took a particular interest in the origins of his own astonishing ...
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Autism diagnosis, treatment often complicated by accompanying conditions

More than half of people on the [autism] spectrum have four or more other conditions. The types of co-occurring conditions ...
Investigational Alzheimer’s drug shows promise

Investigational Alzheimer’s drug shows promise

An investigational Alzheimer’s drug significantly slowed patients’ cognitive decline in a large clinical trial, unexpected and unprecedented results that could ...
Could beef jerky trigger manic episodes for some people?

Could beef jerky trigger manic episodes for some people?

There is no singular cause of mental illness. Any number of things—our genes, environment, and even social mores—play a role in ...
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Increased autism risk linked to maternal high blood pressure and diabetes

Children born to women who had diabetes or high blood pressure while pregnant are at an increased risk of autism, ...
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What can sexual pleasure teach us about behavioral learning?

Opiod receptors in our brain are triggered when we have sex. Researching this mechanism can tell us a lot about ...
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Viewpoint: Using robots to treat autistic children has potential pitfalls

Previous research suggests robots are well received by children with autism spectrum disorders, and there's plenty of anecdotal stories of children ...
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Chronic brain injury CTE is only confirmed after death. How do we diagnose the living?

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is found among people who've had head injuries. Though not everyone with head trauma develops CTE, the group ...
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Building a better brain model by harnessing the power of AI

Neuroscientists have a lot of data on the brain—we can see it, take pictures of it, study it. But for ...
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Why our earliest memories are often imagined

If life is but a tapestry, then memory is the thread. But some of those threads may simply be imagined: ...
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Expensive tastes? Testosterone linked to quest for status symbols

Whether it’s in his choice of top-shelf alcohol at the club, the watch on his wrist or the clothes he ...
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Thinking like mom: Fatherhood makes male brains more maternal

The amount of time bat-eared fox fathers spend monitoring their young is an even bigger predictor of pup survival than maternal investment ...
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‘Overactive immune system’: Is schizophrenia a body-wide disorder?

While some may believe that schizophrenia is only affects the mind, a new study shows that the disease actually affects ...
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Deadly brain disease could be treated in the womb with gene therapy

A research team from the UK and Singapore showed that a neurodegenerative condition called Gaucher disease, which can be fatal, ...
Why our brains are in the business of predicting the future

Why our brains are in the business of predicting the future

According to [the] “predictive coding” theory, at each level of a cognitive process, the brain generates models, or beliefs, about ...
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One researcher’s unorthodox approach to understanding memory

Mostafa “Neo” Mohsenvand often walks around with a fisheye lens on a smartphone strapped to his chest and a black, ...