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  • What a Moving Tongue Really Looks Like

    What a Moving Tongue Really Looks Like0

    This movie clip of Sivu was recorded with an MRI scan. Weird enough, it’s not the brain in this MRI scan that’s the most jaw-dropping. It’s the tongue. Never knew I had this thing in my mouth all the time. The movement you see in the brain is probably the result of blood pumped through at

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  • Using Optogenetics to Treat Seizures

    Using Optogenetics to Treat Seizures0

    Researchers successfully applied the optogenetic approach to treat seizures in mice. Optogenetics is emerging as one of the most exciting new tools in biomedical research. This method is based on introducing genes that encode for light-sensitive proteins into cells. A laser beam can then be used to activate the light-sensitive proteins. Many of the currently

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  • Why You Should Keep Exercising in your 70s

    Why You Should Keep Exercising in your 70s0

    It keeps you fit and healthy, but also prevents brain shrinkage, according to new research published in Neurology. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found a direct link between physical activity and less atrophy and white matter lesion. In contrast, mental and social activities didn’t show real benefit. The researchers gave MRI scans to 638

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  • Embarrassing Conditions: The Living Dead

    Embarrassing Conditions: The Living Dead0

    The world is full of of embarrassing conditions you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Every week, Carian discusses one. This week: Cotard Delusion. Imagine how horrific life would be when you are convinced to be dead, while you are still alive. This delusional belief of non-existence characterizes sufferers of the rare mental disorder Cotard

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  • Born to Kill? Psychopaths Have Distinct Brains

    Born to Kill? Psychopaths Have Distinct Brains0

    Psychiatrists have found the strongest evidence yet that psychopaths have structural abnormalities in their brains. According to their research, psychopaths have less grey matter in the areas of the brain important for understanding other peoples’ emotions. A research team of the King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry used brain scans to investigate the brains of

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  • Dopamine Influences Willingness to Work

    Dopamine Influences Willingness to Work0

    Some of us have a continuous drive to work hard and to earn money, others are slackers. Why? According to new research, there’s a biological explanation. Go-getter or slacker? It may depend on the brain chemical dopamine. ”Past studies in rats have shown that dopamine is crucial for reward motivation. But this study provides new

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