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Brain & Behavior

Why can’t we solve the problem of consciousness? That is the question asked by a recent Guardian piece. The account given there is not bad at all;...
Long before the Europeans arrived on Easter Island in 1722, the native Polynesian culture known as Rapa Nui showed signs of demographic decline....
With the "creative class" on the rise, many businesses are trying to capitalize on imagination and innovation. But when it comes to creative juices,...
Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Huntington's or Parkinson's are caused by defect and aggregated proteins accumulating in brain nerve...
Infants show distinct, consistent patterns of brain activity in response to painful vaccinations, reports a study in the February issue of PAIN, the...
Considerable attention has been paid to how boys' educational achievements in science and math compare to girls' accomplishments in those areas,...
Most animals, from flies to humans, have trouble remembering when sleep deprived, and studies have shown that sleep is critical in converting short-...
Nerve signals consist of sequences of electrical pulses ("spikes") that travel along communication channels, or neural circuits. What alphabet do...
Researchers have identified five genetic variants that influence the size of structures within the brain, a discovery that could help determine the...
The hundred trillion bacteria living in an adult human--mostly in the intestines, making up the gut microbiome--have a significant impact on behavior...

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