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Multitasking hunger neurons also control compulsive behaviors

In the absence of food, neurons that normally control appetite initiate complex, repetitive behaviors seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anorexia nervosa, according to a new study.

Suffocation increasingly used as suicide mechanism among young people

A report published this week has revealed that between 1994 and 2012, suicide rates by suffocation have increased greatly among adolescents, and particularly among females.

Men are ‘more narcissistic and entitled than women’

A study examining gender differences across three aspects of narcissism finds that men are, on average, more narcissistic than women – a quality that has unique pros and cons.

New findings on ‘key players’ in brain inflammation

Inflammatory processes occur in the brain in conjunction with stroke and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Researchers have presented new findings about some of the ‘key players’ in inflammation. In the long ter…

Mice don’t need the cortex to sing their songs

The human language is unique in that we can refer to objects, events and ideas. The combination of syllables and words enables humans to generate an infinite number of expressions. An important prerequisite for language is the ability to imitate sounds…

Brain treats real and imaginary objects in the same way

The human brain can select relevant objects from a flood of information and edit out what is irrelevant. It also knows which parts belong to a whole. If, for example, we direct our attention to the doors of a house, the brain will preferentially proces…

Autism detection improved by multimodal neuroimaging

Combined measurements of brain anatomy, connectivity and neurochemistry distinguish autism spectrum disorder subjects from controls, scientists say. This multimodal approach is distinct from many previous studies that have used a single neuroimaging me…

British Psychological Society welcomes cross-party call for NHS to emphasise psychological health

The British Psychological Society has welcomed the call by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mental Health for an end to the ‘institutional bias’ against mental health in the NHS.

The loss of money for refusing bribery generates more excitement than accepting it

The decision taken before an offer of bribery causes a greater physiological arousal in those who choose to act against their own economic interests and reject it than in those who choose to accept…

Vaccine skeptics aren’t swayed by emotional scare tactics

On the heels of a nationwide measles outbreak comes a report that campaigns aimed at scaring people about the consequences of non-vaccination might not be as effective as many think.