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Consciousness is subjective. Does that mean it can’t be rigorously studied?

The science of consciousness has enjoyed a renaissance in the last couple of decades and the study of our own ...
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Viewpoint: Genetics can help us navigate the ‘toxic’ transgender debate in more compassionate ways

If we are ever to untangle the nature/nurture knot, we need to find ways past the petty politicizing exemplified by ...
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Experiments on living brain tissue unearth ‘ethical quandaries’

Live bits of brain look like any other piece of meat —  pinkish, solid chunks of neural tissue. But unlike ...
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Treating obsessive compulsive disorder in just 4 days? Researchers tout intensive method

Psychologists and professors Gerd Kvale and Bjarne Hansen have developed a treatment program that helps patients get rid of their ...
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Searching for the ‘big break’ that could turn stem cells into a weapon against dementia

Recent developments in stem cell research suggest a radical shift in the way we diagnose and treat dementia ...
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‘There’s so much going on.’ Why human brains may be too complex to be ‘understood’

The question of how we might begin to grasp the entirety of the organ that generates our minds has been ...
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‘It’s the wild west out there’: Courts frequently use controversial psychological tests

A third of the psychological tests used in US court proceedings aren’t generally accepted by experts in the field, a ...
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Finding where ‘consciousness resides in the human brain’ could help us awaken comatose patients

Some people may gradually come out of a coma or wake up after a few weeks.... To help these people, ...
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Brain wave patterns could eliminate ‘trial and error’ approach to antidepressants

Scientists have taken a small step toward personalizing treatment for depression. A study of more than 300 people with major ...
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Moderate drinking won’t shrink your brain, but people with smaller brains do drink ‘slightly’ more

Alcohol is one of the most widely used and abused drugs on the planet. It’s important for us to understand how it is, or ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Hunches’ can’t be used to decide the fate of ‘covertly conscious’ patients in vegetative states

[A]s many as 15% to 20% of patients who have been rigorously diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state ...
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‘It makes me feel more connected to the human race’: Epilepsy patients donate live brain tissue for research

Though Genette Hofmann is still using her brain, last month she donated a bit of it — to science. Hofmann ...
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Evidence mounts that marijuana smokers more vulnerable to false memories

Cannabis not only induces forgetfulness, it also opens the door for false memories, according to new research. And that’s serious, ...
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Congenital blindness appears to offer protection against schizophrenia. Researchers trying to figure out why.

No person who was born blind has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia. … This is especially surprising, since congenital blindness ...
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‘Rebooting the brain’: Our fight to bring people back from the dead

We may be on the verge of redefining 'brain death' following the partial revival of a man in France ...
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Why virtual reality is a ‘far from perfect’ tool for studying how the brain works

Virtual Reality (VR) is not just for video games. Researchers use it in studies of brains from all kinds of ...
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Viewpoint: Don’t expect genetic matchmaking to help you find your Valentine

Genetic matchmaking is entering the mainstream. The prospect of meeting and selecting potential romantic partners based upon purported DNA compatibility ...
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Infographic: What suicidal behavior looks like in the brain

Scientists have identified several key neurobiological pathways with ties to suicidal behaviors. Research in the field addresses only a fraction ...
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These women are missing the ‘scent region’ of the brain. How do they still smell?

When Tali Weiss and her colleagues at the Weizmann Institute of Science found a patient that had an otherwise normal ...
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Genetic mutations may provide natural defense against Alzheimer’s

A set of genetic mutations may protect against Alzheimer’s, research suggests. The memory-robbing disease is poorly understood, with few known ...
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People with autism show significant increases in IQ as they mature, but development issues remain

People with autism show significant improvements in cognitive ability from age 12 to 23 years, but their autism traits remain ...
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Manipulating our internal clocks could lead to treatments for mood disorders, obesity—and even aging

Medicines and other small molecules may play a role in fixing rhythms gone awry ...
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Smartphone as a ‘mood predictor’? This study wants to know if phone-captured data can predict depression

With digital health, anyone with a wrist wearable or smartphone could potentially contribute in the largest studies ever attempted by ...
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Irregularity in the brain’s ‘insulation’ may offer way to ‘prevent or even reverse’ autism symptoms

Scientists have found a clue to how autism spectrum disorder disrupts the brain's information highways. The problem involves cells that ...
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Brain chemicals fight for the status quo—that’s why it’s so hard to change people’s minds even when the science consensus is overwhelming

Why do people refuse to change their views when confronted with scientific consensus? Research is starting to show us how ...
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How repetitive movements help autistic people cope with anxiety

Typical infants and toddlers may kick their legs repeatedly, rock back and forth while playing or flap their hands in ...
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‘Topographical disorientation’: What it’s like to live without a sense of direction

We all know people who say they have “no sense of direction,” and our tendency is almost always to minimize ...
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Alzheimer’s research is stuck on a ‘single, unproven hypothesis’. It’s time to explore new theories

Over the past decade we’ve seen failure after failure in clinical trials for neurodegenerative disease. Despite over 200 clinical trials, ...