Bigger Is Better After All

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A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Bath has found that enlargement of the visual cortex of the brain in primates is associated with increased visual acuity, suggesting that increases in the size of brain regions are associated with enhanced function.  The study has been published in Frontiers in Neuroanatomy.

While an over Continue reading Bigger Is Better After All

Is Addiction A Brain Disease?

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The opioid abuse epidemic is a full-fledged item in the 2016 campaign, and with it questions about how to combat the problem and treat people who are addicted.

At a debate in December Bernie Sanders described addiction as a disease, not a criminal activity. And Hillary Clinton has laid out a plan on her website on how to fight the epidemic. There, substance use disorders are described as ch Continue reading Is Addiction A Brain Disease?

Why Menthol Chills Your Mouth When It’s Not Actually Cold

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Try putting an ice-cube in your mouth. The insides of your mouth and tongue instantly turn numb. Hold it in still and you will feel pain. Now try sucking on peppermint. The mint itself is at room temperature, but your mouth instantly feels cold and numb. How did it do that? The answer is menthol, the ingredient that instantly tricks your brain into sensing that the food is cold.

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Sperm From Stressed Fathers Alters Genes In The Brains Of Offspring

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Stress affects us in so many ways, and not just our own bodies either: those of our children and even grandchildren can ultimately feel its lingering effects. Slowly unraveling this intriguing yet poorly understood field of research, a new study has now detailed how stress can change sperm in such a way that it ultimately affects the stress Continue reading Sperm From Stressed Fathers Alters Genes In The Brains Of Offspring

Scientists Are Trying To Figure Out What The “Spirit Molecule” Does

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White lights and mystical experiences are often reported by patients who die and are brought back to life. Though scientists have never fully been able to explain this phenomenon, it has regularly been suggested that it may be caused by the release of an intensely hallucinogenic molecule called N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) during death. Exactly why this occurs and what function DM Continue reading Scientists Are Trying To Figure Out What The “Spirit Molecule” Does

Here’s What Happens To Your Dog’s Brain When He Sees You

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Dog has been mans best friend for more than18,000 years, and anew study has shown theres a lot more evidence of our kinship with dogs than the look they give you when you come in from work.

Researchers from the University of Mexico have conducted MRI scans on dogs to delve into their emotional responsewhen they come into contact with humans. Their findings were recently published in <a href="http:/ Continue reading Here’s What Happens To Your Dog’s Brain When He Sees You

Scared Out Of Your Mind: Halloween, Fear And The Brain

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Children and adults alike are digging out those spooky costumes ready for a celebration. We’ve reached that time of year again: Halloween. October 31 is dedicated to remembering the dead.

We’ve all experienced fear, but Halloween is the particular time of year when we look for that rush that usually accompanies feeling scared. Are you in need of a “scare-specialist” for this year’s Halloween celebrations? Then you need not look further than your very own brain.

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