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Psychology News
December 12, 2019

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Using a targeted gene epigenome editing approach in the developing mouse brain, researchers reversed one gene mutation that leads to the genetic disorder WAGR syndrome, which ... read more
A crab's nervous system could help scientists learn what causes single neurons in the human brain to become 'out of whack,' ... read more
New research reveals how a week in the dark rewires brain cell networks and changes hearing sensitivity in adult mice long ... read more
Researchers are focused on restoring lower-body function after severe spinal injuries using a tiny spinal implant. In new research, the team showcases a map to identify which ... read more
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Side Effects of Pediatric Medications for Anxiety, OCD

New research specifically looks at side effects that impact children and adolescents being treated for anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder ... read more

Justified and Unjustified Movie Violence Evokes Different Brain Responses

In a study, researchers find that scenes of justified and unjustified violence in movies activate different parts of the adolescent brain. The research is the first to show that when movie characters ... read more

The Genetic Signature of Memory

Despite their importance in memory, the human cortex and subcortex display a distinct collection of 'gene signatures.' The work increases our understanding of how the brain creates memories ... read more

Open Source EEG Visualization Tool

Researchers have developed a free open source computer program that can be used to create visual and quantitative representations of brain electrical activity in laboratory animals in hopes of ... read more

Between Arousal and Inhibition

Why nerve cells in the brain process information ... read more

New Protein Function Could Be Key to Treatment of Drug Addiction and Behavioral Disorders

The reward pathway of the brain causes feelings of happiness but is also involved in behavioral disorders like schizophrenia and addiction. A breakthrough study has now identified the role of a ... read more

By Imaging the Brain, Scientists Can Predict a Person's Aptitude for Cognitive Training

People with specific brain attributes are more likely than others to benefit from targeted cognitive interventions designed to enhance fluid intelligence, scientists report in a new study. Fluid ... read more

Controlling Attention With Brain Waves

Having trouble paying attention? Neuroscientists may have a solution for you: Turn down your alpha brain waves. In a new study, the researchers found that people can enhance their attention by ... read more

Scientists Create 'Epigenetic Couch Potato' Mouse

A study in mice shows for the first time that epigenetics -- the molecular mechanisms that determine which genes are turned on or off -- plays a key role in determining an individual's innate ... read more

Study Finds Key Brain Region Smaller in Birth Control Pill Users

Researchers studying the brain found that women taking oral contraceptives, commonly known as birth control pills, had significantly smaller hypothalamus volume, compared to women not taking the ... read more

Improving Blood Vessel Health in Brain May Help Combat Alzheimer's

Researchers have found that very slow spontaneous blood vessel pulsations drive the clearance of substances from the brain, indicating that targeting and improving this process may help to prevent or ... read more

Focused Ultrasound May Open Door to Alzheimer's Treatment

Focused ultrasound is a safe and effective way to target and open areas of the blood-brain barrier, potentially allowing for new treatment approaches to Alzheimer's disease, according to initial ... read more

Concussion Alters How Information Is Transmitted Within the Brain

Damage from concussion alters the way information is transmitted between the 2 halves of the brain, according to a new ... read more

Machine Learning That Works Like a Dream

Researchers have developed a machine learning algorithm that classifies the sleep stages of mice with record accuracy. This work may be used to greatly enhance the field of sleep ... read more

Why Stress Doesn't Always Cause Depression

Rats susceptible to anhedonia, a core symptom of depression, possess more serotonin neurons after being exposed to chronic stress, but the effect can be reversed through amygdala activation, ... read more

The Neurobiological Basis of Gender Dysphoria

A new theory of gender dysphoria argues the symptoms of the condition are due to changes in network activity, rather than incorrect brain sex, according to new ... read more

Concussion Recovery Not Clear Cut for Children

Sleep problems, fatigue and attention difficulties in the weeks after a child's concussion injury could be a sign of reduced brain function and decreased grey ... read more

A study in fruit flies has identified serotonin as a chemical that triggers the body's startle response, the automatic deer-in-the-headlights reflex that freezes the body momentarily in response ... read more

Vision: Not Seeing the Trees for the Wood

Researchers have shown how it is possible that objects stand out less when they are surrounded by similar objects. This surroundings-suppressing effect is caused by feedback from higher visual brain ... read more

First Implantable Magnet Resonance Detector

A new miniature NMR implant measures neuronal ... read more

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