Is our personality affected by the way we look? (Or the...

To what extent is our personality an adaptation to our appearance or even our physique? A team of scientists has investigated this question. Their...

Pitch perfect: Brain differences behind a rare musical ability

New research reports features of the brain in musicians with absolute, or perfect, pitch (AP) that likely enable individuals with this rare ability --...

Shameful secrets bother us more than guilty secrets

Everyone has secrets, but what causes someone to think about them over and over again? People who feel shame about a secret, as opposed...

How the brain responds to texture

New research by neuroscientists shows that as neurons process information about texture from the skin, they each respond differently to various features of a...

Learning transistor mimics the brain

A new transistor based on organic materials has been developed. It has the ability to learn, and is equipped with both short-term and long-term...

Laughter may be best medicine — for brain surgery

Neuroscientists have discovered a focal pathway in the brain that when electrically stimulated causes immediate laughter, followed by a sense of calm and happiness,...

When neurons get the blues

A new study is the first to directly examine cells from patients whose depression doesn't respond to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Fight or flight: Serotonin neurons prompt brain to make the right...

Known for its role in relieving depression, the neurochemical serotonin may also help the brain execute instantaneous, appropriate behaviors in emergency situations, according to...

To sleep, perchance to heal: Newly discovered gene governs need for...

Humans spend nearly one-third of their lives in slumber, yet sleep is still one of biology's most enduring mysteries. Little is known about what...

Novel autism mouse model based on an epigenetic gene developed

In a new study, researchers describe how, in a novel mouse model, epigenetic regulation negatively impacts a downstream gene specifically involved in neurodevelopment and...

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