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Researchers discover the science behind giving up

July 26, 2019

What happens when we give up? Inside the brain, a group of cells known as nociceptin neurons get…
Learning from experience is all in the timing

June 27, 2019

As animals explore their environment, they learn to master it. By discovering what sounds tend to precede predatorial…
Just like Food, Money, and Sex, Consuming Information is a Pleasure in its Own Right

June 20, 2019

According to a new study conducted by researchers from UC Berkeley‘s Haas School of Business, the intake of…
Scientists found a way to restore motivation of people with Parkinson’s

April 15, 2019

Incurable diseases distort people’s world view. It is a very well-known fact that people who suffer from Parkinson’s…
New quantum material could warn of neurological disease

April 11, 2019

By speaking the brain’s language, the material is a portal between electronics and the brain. What if the…
Brain hungers for dopamine

January 8, 2019

When it comes to our food intake, we are only partially in control. Scientists at the Max Planck…
Gut hormone increases response to food

December 18, 2018

The holiday season is a hard one for anyone watching their weight. The sights and smells of food…
Ritalin drives greater connection between brain areas key to memory, attention

December 17, 2018

There’s a reason so many children are prescribed methylphenidate, better known by the trade name Ritalin: it helps…
Dopamine’s yin-yang personality: It’s an upper and a downer

December 12, 2018

For decades, psychologists have viewed the neurotransmitter dopamine as a double-edged sword: released in the brain as a…
Why scoring deals on Black Friday makes us feel so good

November 27, 2018

Finding deals in stores and online triggers brain chemistry—designed to keep us alive—to make us feel good, according…
This Is (Actually, Accurately) Your Brain on Drugs

August 29, 2018

Jessica usually smokes cannabis five days a week, mostly at the end of the day, often while reading.…
HKBU develops world-first metal-based probes for detection of dopamine receptors, a cancer biomarker

May 16, 2018

A team led by Dr Edmond Ma Dik-lung, Associate Professor of the Department of Chemistry of Hong Kong…
How your brain learns to expect mud puddles in the park (and other things)

April 24, 2018

When scientist Thorsten Kahnt was a high school student in Nuremberg, Germany, his friend Christian sported chin-length, curly…
Daunted by spring cleaning? Blame your brain, professor says

March 27, 2018

Closets bulging with clothes and shoes. Plastic bins of stuff shoved under the bed. Stacks of mail covering…
Carbon-on-quartz device for dopamine release

February 23, 2018

A combination of a conductive material, such as carbon, with a transparent material, such as quartz makes this…
Zeroing In on Dopamine

February 8, 2018

Among the brain’s many chemical messengers, few stand out as much as the neurotransmitter dopamine. Linked to love,…
If you swat mosquitoes, they may learn to avoid your scent

January 29, 2018

Most of us surely don’t think of mosquitoes as being especially adept at learning. But that may not…
After “freezing” in fear, what part of the brain helps make fish swim again?

July 14, 2017

The brain is the body’s mission control center, sending messages to the other organs about how to respond…
Brain scans show dopamine levels fall during migraine attacks

April 2, 2017

Using PET scans of the brain, University of Michigan researchers showed that dopamine falls and fluctuates at different…
Hard choices? Ask your brain’s dopamine

March 10, 2017

Say you’re reaching for the fruit cup at a buffet, but at the last second you switch gears…
Precise technique tracks dopamine in the brain

March 3, 2017

MIT researchers have devised a way to measure dopamine in the brain much more precisely than previously possible,…
Brain dopamine factory

February 9, 2017

By implanting dopamine-producing cells in the brain, patients may regulate their own dopamine level. Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy…
Sensor traces dopamine released by single cells

February 8, 2017

MIT chemical engineers have developed an extremely sensitive detector that can track single cells’ secretion of dopamine, a…
Mutations in FTO and dopamine receptor genes increase risk of obesity and diabetes

October 18, 2016

In the development of obesity and diabetes, signals from the brain play an important role. Here an important…
Dopamine in the Driver’s Seat

June 14, 2016

Male fruit flies have a mating drive, and its rise and fall is controlled by dopamine levels in…
Neural pathway discovered that drives risky behavior

June 13, 2016

Clinicians have known for years that people who start drinking as adolescents are prone to develop alcohol problems…
Declining dopamine levels make people take fewer risky decisions

June 10, 2016

It is not a secret that older people tend to be more careful about what they do. Sometimes…
Study reveals how interaction between neural networks changes during working memory

June 5, 2016

Understanding the relation of dopamine to network activity could improve schizophrenia treatment How does the cross-talk between brain…
Cell transplant treats Parkinson’s in mice under control of designer drug

May 2, 2016

A University of Wisconsin—Madison neuroscientist has inserted a genetic switch into nerve cells so a patient can alter…
Dopamine neurons have a role in movement, new study finds

April 26, 2016

Princeton University researchers have found that dopamine – a brain chemical involved in learning, motivation and many other…
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