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Lost memories might be able to be restored, suggests research into marine snail

New research indicates that lost memories can be restored, according to new research into a type of marine snail called Aplysia. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

How fast the brain processes healthiness of foods may affect dietary self-control

Chocolate or celery? Researchers find that people with low dietary self-control are more likely to consider taste of foods over healthiness when it comes to deciding what to eat.

Early exposure to antidepressants affects adult anxiety, serotonin transmission

Early developmental exposure to two different antidepressants, Prozac and Lexapro, has been studied by researchers in a mouse model that mimics human third trimester medication exposure. They found that, although these serotonin-selective reuptake inhi…

Gene critical for proper brain development discovered

A genetic pathway has been found that accounts for the extraordinary size of the human brain. The research team has identified a gene, KATNB1, as an essential component in a genetic pathway responsible for central nervous system development in humans a…

Neuroscientists identify brain mechanisms that predict generosity in children

Developmental neuroscientists have found specific brain markers that predict generosity in children. Those neural markers appear to be linked to both social and moral evaluation processes. Although young children are natural helpers, their perspective …

Misfiring in the brain’s control system linked to OCD

Compulsions as a result of OCD may be down to the brain’s control system misfiring, says a new study, adding evidence that OCD stems from an overactive habit system in the brain.

OCD patients’ brains light up to reveal how compulsive habits develop

Misfiring of the brain’s control system might underpin compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to researchers.

Brain’s ‘homing signal’ points us in right direction

Scientists discover that a homing signal in the brain’s entorhinal region tells us not only which direction we face, but also which direction to turn so we reach our destination.

People with low numeracy feel negative about taking part in bowel cancer screening

PEOPLE who have problems with numbers may be more likely to feel negative about bowel cancer screening, including fearing an abnormal result, while some think the test is disgusting or embarrassing…

Aggression in young male prisoners can be reduced by treating ADHD

An international research consortium, including a biologist from Leicester, has heard that aggression in young male prisoners can be reduced by treating ADHD.