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Dynamic Mental Illness Indicators Caught by Advanced AI in Brain Imaging

A new AI algorithm used fMRI data to identify novel brain patterns linked to mental health disorders.

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Ant Colonies Behave Like Neural Networks When Making Decisions

Researchers suggest that when in a group, ants behave in a similar fashion to networks of neurons in the brain.

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A New Mechanism Responsible for Controlling Auditory Sensitivity

Researchers identified a new mechanism by which auditory sensitivity is regulated. The mechanism can temporarily reduce sensitivity in the auditory system to protect itself from loud sounds that can cause hearing damage.

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Introducing a Protocol for Using Robotic Pets in Memory Care

The benefits of animal therapy for memory and mental health are well documented. Some agencies are using realistic robotic pets as a therapeutic tool for memory care in older adults. Now, researchers have developed a new protocol for the use of robotic animals to aid in memory care.

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No Pain, No Gain? How the Brain Chooses Between Pain and Profit

The ventral striatum plays a crucial role when it comes to choices about future pain versus future profit.

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Loss of ‘Youth’ Protein May Drive Aging in Eye

Age-related changes in the retina may be driven by the loss of the pigment epithelium-derived factor protein. The findings could pave the way for the development of treatment for age-related macular degeneration and other age-related vision loss disorders.

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Visually Perceptive Moms Are More Sensitive Parents

A mother’s ability to recognize positive emotions on the faces of other adults predicts her sensitivity and responsiveness to her child four months later.

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Robots Learn Household Tasks by Watching Humans

A new robotic system can learn directly from human interaction videos and generalize the information at the task being completed. This makes the robot well suited to learn household chores effectively and efficiently.

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Understanding Your Prognosis After Stroke: Factors That Affect Recoverability

Every stroke prognosis is different because every stroke is different. While doctors and therapists cannot provide an exact prognosis, there are some statistics, patterns, and timelines that can provide a general idea of what to expect. If you or a loved one have recently experienced a stroke, talk to your medical team about your prognosis. […]

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Spastic vs Flaccid Paralysis: Understanding Loss of Muscle Function & How to Treat It

Paralysis refers to the complete or partial loss of muscle function. A neurological injury such as stroke or spinal cord injury can cause paralysis including spastic paralysis (increased muscle tone) and flaccid paralysis (reduced muscle tone). Knowing how to distinguish between spastic vs flaccid paralysis is important in order to receive proper treatment and maximize […]

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Perception Depends on Whether You Are Looking Up or Down

The intensity of perceptual bias in specific views depends upon posture and the position of your neck, a new study reveals.

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‘Cuddle Hormone’ Oxytocin Strongly Affects Male Mice on Becoming Fathers

Neurons that secrete oxytocin in the paraventricular nucleus in the hypothalamus are responsible for activating paternal instincts in new fathers, a mouse model study finds.

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Psychological Traits of Violent Extremism Investigated Using New Research Tool

The newly developed Extremist Archetypes Scale includes five dimensions of extremist archetypes.

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Signs of Alzheimer’s in Blood 17 Years Before Symptoms Begin

A newly developed immuno-infrared sensor allowed researchers to discover biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease in blood samples 17 years before clinical symptoms appeared. The sensory is able to detect the misfolding of amyloid beta.

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Higher Voice Pitch Lets Female Faces Appear Younger

Higher pitched voices in women influence how their faces are evaluated, researchers report. The faces of women with higher-pitched voices were perceived as being younger. However, researchers found no evidence of a link between vocal pitch or perceptions of facial attractiveness, health, or femininity.

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