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Brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence to prepare teenagers for adult life

New brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence, allowing teenagers to develop more complex adult social skills, but potentially putting them at increased risk of mental illness, according to new research.

Unhealthy and unhappy: Mental toll of troubled relationships

Some forms of domestic violence double victims’ risk of depression and anxiety disorders later in life, according to recent research.

New knowledge on how different brain cell types contribute to our movements

Researchers have mapped how different nerve cells in the brain area striatum process information to plan and execute our movements at just the right time and with the right vigor. The results show that different cell types in the striatum receive signa…

Biomarkers of brain function may lead to clinical tests for hidden hearing loss

A pair of biomarkers of brain function — one that represents ‘listening effort,’ and another that measures ability to process rapid changes in frequencies — may help to explain why a person with normal hearing may struggle to follow conversations in …

High air pollution exposure in 1-year-olds linked to structural brain changes at age 12

A new study suggests that significant early childhood exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) is associated with structural changes in the brain at the age of 12.

Shaping the social networks of neurons

Identification of a protein complex that attracts or repels nerve cells during development.

Horror movies manipulate brain activity expertly to enhance excitement

A research team maps neural activity in response to watching horror movies. A study shows the top horror movies of the past 100 years, and how they manipulate brain activity.

Facial paralysis stigma takes emotional toll, especially when acquired later in life

People with facial paralysis are more likely to face depression and anxiety than the general population, especially if the paralysis occurs later in life rather than at birth, according to a recent study.

Hot flashes impair memory performance

If you’re having difficulty identifying the right word to express yourself clearly or remembering a story correctly, you may blame menopause. A new study suggests that physiologic hot flashes are associated with decreased verbal memory and with alterat…

New insight into brain connectivity

A new framework for understanding changes in the brain’s activity and connections, which has implications for how to best model the mechanisms of disease in the brain, has been developed.