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Phobias: The rationale behind irrational fears

Recently, this section featured an article about the tarantula <i>Typhochlaena costae</i>. While the piece was very interesting, this was likely lost on some …

There's a lot more to neuroscience than media 'neuromania'

Neuroscience gets a lot of press. Popular media outlets run the latest story of a brain scan that predicts your political leanings (but see a …

Scientists peek at memories being made

<b>USC (US) —</b> Using microscopic probes, researchers can see the physical changes that occur when a memory is made in a living brain.<p>Researchers …

BigBrain project creates 3D animation of human brain - video

Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute in Canada have created the most detailed 3D map of a complete human brain ever made by slicing a …

Poor vision may lead to loss of balance

<b>UC DAVIS (US) —</b> Compared to those with normal vision, people who should wear glasses but don’t have a significantly greater risk of failing a balance …

What Will We Drink When The Planet Heats Up?

Italian geneticists are planning to engineer climate-change-tolerant wine grapes.<p>Grapes are phenomenally adaptable. We can grow wine grapes in the mountains of Arizona and north of the Great Lakes in Ontario. But what happens when the planet heats up and the formerly lush, perfect wine-growing …

Facebook profiles raise users’ self-esteem and affect behavior

A new study shows that viewing your Facebook profile – the ideal version of self- can provide beneficial psychological effects and influence behavior.<p>…

Beyond recognition: the incredible story of a face transplant

For Carmen Tarleton, the day started out normally enough. Tarleton, 45, had errands to run, a piano lesson to get to, a house to tidy. Tomorrow was Valentine’s Day, and for the first time in a long time — the first time since the attack five years earlier — she looked forward to spending it with a …

Does your girlfriend claim her memory is better? It probably is

New research suggests women can remember faces better than men, in part because they spend more time studying features without even knowing it.<p>New …

Your Brain Makes Its Own Version Of Valium

Poppin' peptides.<p>Valium, the anti-anxiety drug that was once the most popular prescription medication in America, might have a naturally occurring relative in the mammalian brain, according to a new paper in <i>Neuron</i>.<p>Stanford University researchers have discovered that a protein called diazepam …

Watching Your Brain Freak Out On A Scanner Calms You Down

People who observed their own brain activity using real-time fMRI feedback were better able to control and reduce their anxiety, a new study says.<p>In a quirky new experiment, researchers at Yale University found that simply showing people what their anxious brains look like was enough to help those …

The Myth Of Multitasking

How long can you go without checking email, or glancing at your smartphone? Clifford Nass, a psychology professor at Stanford University, says today's nonstop multitasking actually wastes more time than it saves—and he says there's evidence it may be killing our concentration and creativity …

Microexpressions: More Than Meets The Eye

David Matsumoto, a psychology professor at San Francisco State University, trains national security officials and police officers to recognize "microexpressions"—fleeting, split-second flashes of emotion across someone's face. Matsumoto says those subtle cues may reveal how an interview subject is …

Children of addicted parents face depression risk

<b>U. TORONTO (CAN) —</b> The children of parents who were addicted to drugs or alcohol are more likely to be depressed as adults than their peers, a new …

Do we need to change the way we are thinking about mental illness?

NO Simon Wessely, member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists<p>Next week the American Psychiatric Association is publishing its fifth take on the …

How to spot a murderer's brain

In 1987, Adrian Raine, who describes himself as a neurocriminologist, moved from Britain to the US. His emigration was prompted by two things. The …