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Why You Like What You Like

For most of us, a pickle is a pickle. It is something that rests snugly beside a sandwich, or floats in a jar on a deli counter. It is rarely …

5 Ways Our Friends Make Us Better and Stronger

Social scientists have been enthralled by the study of personal relationships for decades. Overwhelmingly, though, when they study relationships they …

Pay attention: How we focus and concentrate

Publishing in <i>Neuron</i>, the team reveal the interplay of brain chemicals which help us pay attention in work funded by the Wellcome Trust and BBSRC.<p>By …

Researchers find out why some stress is good for you

Overworked and stressed out? Look on the bright side. Some stress is good for you.<p>“You always think about stress as a really bad thing, but it’s …

Learned helplessness in flies and the roots of depression

When faced with impossible circumstances beyond their control, animals, including humans, often hunker down as they develop sleep or eating …

Learning disabilities affect up to 10 percent of children

Up to 10 per cent of the population are affected by specific learning disabilities (SLDs), such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and autism, translating to 2 …

Detecting autism from brain activity

Neuroscientists from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the University of Toronto have developed an efficient and reliable method …

Teens' brains more sensitive to rewarding feedback from peers

Teenagers are risk-takers — they’re more likely than children or adults to experiment with illicit substances, have unprotected sex, and drive …

As people live longer and reproduce less, natural selection keeps up

In many places around the world, people are living longer and are having fewer children. But that’s not all.<p>A study of people living in rural Gambia, …

Autism risk spotted at birth in abnormal placentas

Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine have figured out how to measure an infant’s risk of developing autism by looking for abnormalities in …

Psychopaths are not neurally equipped to have concern for others

Prisoners who are psychopaths lack the basic neurophysiological “hardwiring” that enables them to care for others, according to a new study by …

Study shows how Parkinson's disease protein acts like a virus

A protein known to be a key player in the development of Parkinson’s disease is able to enter and harm cells in the same way that viruses do, …

Warming up to people: Physical warmth promotes cooperation

Those with a friendly disposition are often described as warm. Recently published research suggests the link between temperature and trust may be …

Research reveals consequences of a lifetime of sexual competition

Research published today in the journal <i>Evolution</i> reveals how fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) that are subjected to continual competition from …

The biology behind binge eating

Female rats are much more likely to binge eat than male rats, according to new research that provides some of the strongest evidence yet that biology …

Scientists discover how brain's auditory center transmits information for decisions

When a pedestrian hears the screech of a car’s brakes, she has to decide whether, and if so, how, to move in response. Is the action taking place …

One bad gene: Mutation that causes rare sleep disorder linked to migraines

A gene mutation associated with a rare sleep disorder surprisingly also contributes to debilitating migraines, a new discovery that could change the …

Hit a 90 mph baseball? Scientists pinpoint how we see it coming

How does San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval swat a 95 mph fastball, or tennis icon Venus Williams see the oncoming ball, let alone return …

Nerve stimulation for severe depression changes brain function

For nearly a decade, doctors have used an implanted electronic stimulator to treat severe depression in people who don’t respond to standard …

Study finds brain system for emotional self-control

Different brain areas are activated when we choose to suppress an emotion, compared to when we are instructed to inhibit an emotion, according a new …

Experience leads to the growth of new brain cells

The DFG-Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden – Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden (CRTD), the Dresden site of the German Center for …

World first clinical trial supports use of Kava to treat anxiety

The study, led by the University of Melbourne and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, revealed Kava could be an alternative …

Fish oil may stall effects of junk food on brain

Data from more than 180 research papers suggests fish oils could minimise the effects that junk food can have on the brain, a review by researchers …

Ketamine shows significant therapeutic benefit in people with treatment-resistant depression

Patients with treatment-resistant major depression saw dramatic improvement in their illness after treatment with ketamine, an anesthetic, according …

Molecular trigger for Alzheimer's disease identified

Researchers have pinpointed a catalytic trigger for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease – when the fundamental structure of a protein molecule changes …

First long-term study reveals link between childhood ADHD and obesity

A new study conducted by researchers at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center found men diagnosed as children with …

Waiting for a sign? Researchers find potential brain 'switch' for new behavior

You’re standing near an airport luggage carousel and your bag emerges on the conveyor belt, prompting you to spring into action. How does your brain …

Taming suspect gene reverses schizophrenia-like abnormalities in mice

Scientists have reversed behavioral and brain abnormalities in adult mice that resemble some features of schizophrenia by restoring normal expression …

Parent and teacher support protects teens from sleep problems and depression

A new study suggests that disturbed sleep in adolescents is associated with more symptoms of depression and greater uncertainly about future success. …

Study: Empathy plays a key role in moral judgments

Is it permissible to harm one to save many? Those who tend to say “yes” when faced with this classic dilemma are likely to be deficient in a specific …