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Mothers transfer fear to their babies through odors

In a rat study, researchers identified the specific brain area where fear transmission settles during early days of life, by showing how mothers transfer fears to babies via odors.

Sharing social information could lead to cultural stereotyping

Millenials are narcissistic, scientists are geeky, and men like sports – or so cultural stereotypes would have us believe.

Does responsiveness increase sexual desire in the other person?

People’s emotional reactions and desires in initial romantic encounters determine the fate of a potential relationship.

Mental health consequences of long-term political violence on Israeli adolescents

The latest flare-up in the Middle East catches children in the midst of their long-anticipated summer break.

Anxiety when making win-win decisions stems from conflict in the brain

People choosing between two or more equally positive outcomes experience paradoxical feelings of pleasure and anxiety, feelings associated with activity in different regions of the brain, according…

The role of media in sharing life events

To share is human.And the means to share personal news – good and bad – have exploded over the last decade, particularly social media and texting.

Glucose ‘control switch’ in the brain key to both types of diabetes

Researchers have pinpointed a mechanism in part of the brain that is key to sensing glucose levels in the blood, linking it to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Brain’s habenula signals how bad things could be

An evolutionarily ancient and tiny part of the brain tracks expectations about nasty events, according to new research. The study demonstrates for the first time that the human habenula, half the size of a pea, tracks predictions about negative events,…

Learning the smell of fear: Mothers teach babies their own fears via odor, animal study shows

Babies can learn what to fear in the first days of life just by smelling the odor of their distressed mothers’, new research suggests. And not just “natural” fears: If a mother experienced something before pregnancy that made her fear something s…

People who implicitly think of relationships as perfect unity between soulmates have worse relationships

Aristotle said, “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” Poetic as it is, thinking that you and your partner were made in heaven for each other can hurt your relationship, says a…