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High-resolution brain scans could improve concussion detection

High-resolution brain scans, coupled with computational analysis, could play a critical role in helping to detect concussions that conventional scans might miss, report investigators.

Knowing one’s place in a social hierarchy

When you start a new job, it’s normal to spend the first day working out who’s who in the pecking order, information that will come in handy for making connections in the future. In an fMRI study, researchers now provide insights into how we acquire kn…

Unique visual stimulation may be new treatment for Alzheimer’s

Using LED lights flickering at a specific frequency, researchers have shown that they can significantly reduce the beta amyloid plaques seen in Alzheimer’s disease in the visual cortex of mice. This treatment appears to work by stimulating brain waves …

Scientists shed new light on how the brain processes, maintains what we don’t see

A team of scientists has mapped out how our brains process visuals we don’t even know we’ve seen, indicating that the neuronal encoding and maintenance of subliminal images is more substantial than previously thought.

When neurons are ‘born’ impacts olfactory behavior in mice

Neurons generated at different life stages in mice can impact aspects of their olfactory sense and behavior, report scientists.

Peer pressure and festive food: Who are you trying to impress?

Who we eat with affects what we eat and how much of it. How will your peer or family group affect your dietary plans this Christmas?

Raising the curtain on cerebral malaria’s deadly agents

Using state-of-the-art brain imaging technology, scientists filmed what happens in the brains of mice that developed cerebral malaria (CM). The results reveal the processes that lead to fatal outcomes of the disease and suggest an antibody therapy that…

MRI scans detect ‘brain rust’ in schizophrenia

A damaging chemical imbalance in the brain may contribute to schizophrenia, according to research.

Whiplash symptoms are caused by actual changes in the brain

Study reveals changes in the regions of the brain connected to pain and posture processing. Whiplash symptoms that last years after a car accident but cannot be seen in tests could be down to previously unseen functional changes in the pain and posture…

School shootings less likely in states with background checks on gun purchases

…And in those with higher spends on mental health services and public education.