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Quest to find molecule that sparks multiple sclerosis yields promising discovery

Researchers have long suspected that a self-antigen—a normal molecule in the body that the immune system mistakenly treats as a ...
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Merging soldiers and machines: Inside the quest to weaponize the brain

What lies beyond bionics? [DARPA director Justin] Sanchez described his work as trying to “understand the neural code,” which would ...
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More than a brain relay station: Thalamus could be key to higher level thinking

Scientists have known for decades that the thalamus faithfully transmits information about the visual world from the retina to the ...
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Cracking the code for facial recognition

Brain-imaging studies have revealed that several blueberry-size regions in the temporal lobe—the area under the temple—specialize in responding to faces ...
Do super high IQ children end up successful?

Do super high IQ children end up successful?

The original motive behind [IQ] tests was to get a diagnostic to select children at the lower ends of the ...
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Understanding what happens when routine touching becomes agony

It shouldn’t hurt to put on socks, wash hands, or walk about, but for some people with damaged nerves, certain ...
Tragic tradeoff: How depression evaded evolution

Tragic tradeoff: How depression evaded evolution

Depression is an evolutionary conundrum. On the one hand, it’s the leading cause of disability worldwide; on the other, the ...
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Why people with autism have shorter life expectancies

Two recent studies will undoubtedly shock individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These studies show a much earlier age ...
10-11-2018 Sleeping-Mice

How brain scans of sleeping mice could help identify various types of autism in humans

Autism features vary considerably from one person to the next. One of the biggest challenges in autism research is to ...
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Fear-free life? Removing a part of your brain could make it possible—in theory

Brain surgery is not usually something that people actively seek out. However, there may be an exception: the idea of ...
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Antidepressant withdrawal effects ‘severe’ for more than half of patients, study says

“More than half (56 percent) of people who attempt to come off antidepressants experience withdrawal effects,” assert the authors of ...
Does the internet 'mess with your brain'? New international project aims to find out

Does the internet ‘mess with your brain’? New international project aims to find out

As anyone who has spent any amount of time on Twitter can tell you, the internet can bring out the ...
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Autism, intellectual delay could be result of spontaneous mutations

Genetic variants across the genome contribute to about 8 percent of the risk for certain developmental conditions — much more ...
No more words? BrainNet enables ‘brain-to-brain’ communication, Tetris-like game play

No more words? BrainNet enables ‘brain-to-brain’ communication, Tetris-like game play

What if we could do away with words altogether? What if, rather than relying on an intermediary, we could directly ...
Autism more closely linked an inability to 'read' other people than inflexible thinking and lack of self-control

Autism more closely linked an inability to ‘read’ other people than inflexible thinking and lack of self-control

For more than 30 years, scientists have debated which of two cognitive abilities, theory of mind and executive function, is ...
'Bravery cells': Courage, risky behavior, stress linked to hippocampus

‘Bravery cells’: Courage, risky behavior, stress linked to hippocampus

According to new research, your reaction may have less to do with logically analyzing the situation and more to do ...
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Could propensity for drug addiction be linked to an ancient virus in some people’s genes?

Drug addicts are more likely to carry an ancient virus which could affect the production of dopamine than the rest ...
Are you an expert or novice? Brain scans can tell the difference

Are you an expert or novice? Brain scans can tell the difference

To gain new insight into how highly specialized workers learn skills or react to stressful situations, researchers are leveraging advanced ...
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Looking for a connection between autism and PTSD

Having autism can sometimes mean enduring a litany of traumatic events, starting from a young age. And for many, those ...
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Gender and the brain: Are there hardwired differences between men and women?

The idea that genders are different in a neurological sense is picking up considerable momentum in the hard sciences. It could have ...
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Can’t remember what happened last night? How alcohol creates blackouts

The allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh have a common element of binge drinking, and highlight the ...
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Life in a coma: Can a machine tell us whether someone will ever wake up?

When somebody falls into a coma, they lose all motor functions. Brain activity slows significantly. In most cases, no external ...
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Growing mini ‘brains’ from skin cells offers promise for personalized medicine

Imagine the following transformation. A pea-sized chunk of your skin breaks apart in a dish of salts and serums. The ...
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Remembering last year like last week: Is a perfect memory a blessing or a curse?

The ability to remember every moment of your life sounds like an amazing proposition, but for the very few people ...
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Viewpoint: Why it’s too soon to predict the arrival date for an Alzheimer’s cure

A new study has inspired headlines claiming a cure for Alzheimer’s disease could be available within six years – but ...
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Electrical stimulation to the spine helps paralyzed man walk with assistance

For many patients, total lower limb paralysis caused by spinal cord damage means a lifetime in a wheelchair. But a ...
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Sexual assault and the brain: Are memory gaps unusual?

[Senate judiciary committee hearing on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh] about a sexual assault accusation provoked different ...
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Seeking to expand the role of ‘electroceutical’ therapies

Electroceuticals—devices that treat ailments with electrical impulses—have a long history in medicine. Think pacemakers for the heart, cochlear implants for ...