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Merely thinking about your partner boosts mood and energy

Thinking about a current romantic partner can boost an individual’s mood and give them more energy, according to a new study from Western University in Canada.

Striatum acts as hub for multisensory integration

A new study provides insight on how the brain processes external input such as touch, vision or sound from different sources and sides of the body, in order to select and generate adequate movements. The findings show that the striatum acts as a sensor…

Survey highlights why celebrity drug ads don’t work

With an increasing number of stars appearing in drug and disease specific adverts, including Brooke Shields and Jessica Simpson, do consumers really trust those who make money from endorsing…

Adults’ sense of control, impulsiveness when faced with economic uncertainty, affected by growing up poor

Growing up poor can influence people’s sense of control and in turn may lead them to more impulsive decision-making and quickly give up on challenging tasks in uncertain situations, according to new…

Children with autism have extra synapses in brain: May be possible to prune synapses with drug after diagnosis

Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during development, according to a new study. Because synapses are the points where neurons conne…

Learning to play the piano? Sleep on it!

According to new research the regions of the brain below the cortex play an important role as we train our bodies’ movements and, critically, they interact more effectively after a night of sleep. While researchers knew that sleep helped us the learn…

Important clue found for potential treatments for absence seizures

A group of researchers has succeeded in revealing a principle mechanism of a neural network in the human brain, which will provide an important clue to potential treatments for absence seizures. Absence seizures are believed to be elicited by T-type ca…

ADHD children make poor decisions due to less differentiated learning processes

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common psychiatric disorders among school children. Pupils with ADHD often make poorer decisions than their unaffected classmates. Researchers have now discovered that different learnin…

Novel pathway for prevention of heart attack, stroke

A recent study could pave the way for preventing brain and cardiac ischemia induced by atherosclerosis. Finnish researchers have found that the low-expression variant of fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4), which is particularly common among Finns, re…

Both signers and speakers who use hand gestures benefit from improved learning

Spontaneous gesture can help children learn, whether they use a spoken language or sign language, according to a new report.