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  • The Science Behind Falling in Love

    The Science Behind Falling in Love0

    Cupid’s Arrow strikes suddenly and unexpectedly. Starry eyes, butterflies fluttering in the stomach, sleeplessness, and overwhelming joy. We fall in love. And the real chemical boom in our body and brain has just started off. Is love just a chemical reaction, or is there more to it? Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting

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  • Fear, our Primitive Friend

    Fear, our Primitive Friend0

    Fear is one of the oldest — in some forms, as old as sentient life on Earth itself—and most primitive emotions of all, designed to guarantee our survival since the beginning of humankind. We evolved fear to protect ourselves from on-going dangers. Fear is the reason why we would rather not be in a forest

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  • Light, the Brain Stimulator

    Light, the Brain Stimulator0

    In the era of COVID-19 pandemic, isolation and social distancing can take a toll on mental health. When neurons stop working correctly, people can suffer from neural disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Targeted stimulation, that is, the non-invasive stimulation of the brain by exposure to light, may improve the treatment of neural dysfunctions. The therapeutic effects

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  • How do Neurons Speak to Each Other?

    How do Neurons Speak to Each Other?0

    Human brains can solve sophisticated tasks within milliseconds, much faster than the fastest modern computers. But how can the brain be so quick? The secret of fast signals and image processing depends on coding and decoding rules. The construction of the brain’s software is the subject of an ongoing debate in neuroscience.

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  • In Alzheimer’s Disease, Faulty Tau Spreads Rapidly But Is Not Toxic at First

    In Alzheimer’s Disease, Faulty Tau Spreads Rapidly But Is Not Toxic at First0

    The accumulation of misfolded tau proteins in the brain is one hallmark of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Researchers at the University of Southampton, UK, have found that these proteins spontaneously form aggregates that spread from neuron to neuron but do not lead to immediate toxicity. Tau proteins are abundant in the central nervous system and have

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  • Cocaine Abstinence Changes Gene Expression in the Brain

    Cocaine Abstinence Changes Gene Expression in the Brain0

    Prolonged cocaine use affects the expression of genes and proteins in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), a region of the brain involved in many reward-related behaviours such as drug use. The findings were published on October 9 in the open-access journal Science Advances. The researchers from the State University of New York at Buffalo trained adult

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