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How Stress Disrupts the Brain, Leading to Anhedonia, or the Inability of Feel Pleasure in Daily Activities

December 3, 2019

Much maligned as it tends to be in the media, stress is not all bad, and in smaller…
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…
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…
Faulty ‘eat-me’ signal may trigger neurodegeneration

August 29, 2018

The nervous system is a complex network of neurons that coordinates the body by transmission of electrical signals.…
A new molecular target identified in depression

May 11, 2018

The discovery of a new mechanism involved in depression – and a way to target it with a…
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…
The physics of caffeine extraction now provides solutions for nerve stimulation

December 13, 2016

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed a method for producing flexible plastic electrodes capable of releasing the neurotransmitter…
Mapping serotonin dynamics in the living brain

October 21, 2016

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that’s partly responsible for feelings of happiness and for mood regulation in humans. This…
Visualization of newly formed synapses with unprecedented resolution

August 13, 2016

The Kwon Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience, Florida, has identified mechanistic and functional elements that…
Mini-brain Model of Idiopathic Autism Reveals Underlying Pathology of Neuronal Overgrowth

July 16, 2016

The vast majority of cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are idiopathic – the cause is unknown. In…
Study explains how a protein deficiency causes spinal muscular atrophy

July 12, 2016

Scientists and doctors know that the devastating disease spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) arises from a problem with both…
Cuddle hormone relieves pain

March 8, 2016

Sometimes small molecules are enough to alter our mood or change our metabolism. A prime example is oxytocin,…
Study finds only a small portion of synapses may be active during neurotransmission

February 26, 2016

New optical technique, used in mice, offers detailed look at how dopamine works in the brain Columbia University…
Study reveals new mechanism in nicotine addiction

December 3, 2015

Part of the reason people find smoking difficult to quit is that each time they have a cigarette,…
Study reveals new mechanism in nicotine addiction

December 2, 2015

Part of the reason people find smoking difficult to quit is that each time they have a cigarette,…
Shining Light on the Molecular Mind

October 30, 2015

Hunger, thirst, sleepiness, wakefulness, and a host of other essential bodily functions are all controlled by a small…
New approach discovered for brain repair

October 28, 2015

For the first time, researchers have used a cocktail of small molecules to transform human brain cells, called…
Animal movement analyzed, with unlikely help from an octopus

October 2, 2015

A linguist and marine biologist at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences began an unlikely…
Dynamin: a new tool to tackle neurological disorders

June 4, 2015

In a world first, neuroscientists at Flinders University have identified a series of chemical tools that can either…
Manganese speeds up honey bees

March 27, 2015

Asked to name one way people have changed the environment, many people would probably say “global warming.” But…
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