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Visual processing problems in children have been linked to dyslexia, motor skills and difficulties...

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Visual processing is about how the brain perceives and processes the impressions of the eyes. Problems with processing visual impressions can also impact a variety of other skills. “We’ve confirmed that visual processing may apply...

Researchers have discovered how the brain may generate imagined future scenarios

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Survival often depends on animals’ ability to make split-second decisions that rely on imagining alternative futures: If I’m being chased by a hungry predator, do I zag left to get home safely or zig...

Excessive consumption of energy drinks has been linked to serious mental health problems

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New research at Flinders University in Australia, published in the international journal PLOS One, put a form of cognitive incentive retraining – a form of computer-based training aimed at reducing decision-making biases in purchasing energy...

Cerebral edema is a severe complication of stroke linked to glymphatic system malfunction

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Cerebral edema, swelling that occurs in the brain, is a severe and potentially fatal complication of stroke. New research, which was conducted in mice and appears in the journal Science, shows for the first time...

Low and high exercise intensities differentially influence brain function

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A new study shows for the first time that low and high exercise intensities differentially influence brain function. Using resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (Rs-fMRI), a noninvasive technique that allows for studies on...

Researchers have developed a photovoltaic cell that works at night

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What if solar cells worked at night? That's no joke, according to Jeremy Munday, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis. In fact, a specially designed photovoltaic cell could...

Researchers have created a soft robot muscle that can regulate its temperature through sweating

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Just when it seemed like robots couldn't get any cooler, Cornell researchers have created a soft robot muscle that can regulate its temperature through sweating. This form of thermal management is a basic building block...

Researchers have developed a new method for delivering neural precursor cells into spinal cord...

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Writing in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine, an international research team, led by physician-scientists at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, describe a new method for delivering neural precursor cells (NSCs) to...

Adopted individuals have higher genetic risk for mental health problems

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The adoption of children is a fundamental method of building families. However, adoptees may face subsequent adaptive challenges associated with family stress at the time of birth and during the adoption process. It should be...

The developing fetal brain is linked to maternal stress and anxiety

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When pregnant women experience elevated anxiety, stress or depression, these prenatal stressors can alter the structure of the developing fetal brain and disrupt its biochemistry – even if these women have uncomplicated pregnancies and...

Walnuts help to protect against age-related cognitive decline

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Eating walnuts may help slow cognitive decline in at-risk groups of the elderly population, according to a study conducted by researchers in California and Spain. The Walnuts and Healthy Aging Study, published this month in The...

Proximity to former nazi concentration camps increase xenophobia

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Who - or what - is to blame for the xenophobia, political intolerance and radical political parties spreading through Germany and the rest of Europe? A new study from Rice University and Washington University in...

Children who spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at birth have...

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Children who spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at birth have a higher risk of mental health issues later, regardless of their birth weight, say McMaster University researchers. The study examined the...

Researchers investigate how psychedelics can help us become more environmental responsibility

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In recent years there has been a resurgent scientific interest in the psychological effects of psychedelic drugs. Consider the example of recent trials in which psilocybin was administered to people diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression. Those involved...

Machine learning technologies in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligent life

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An artificial neural network has identified a square structure within a triangular one in a crater on the dwarf planet Ceres, with several people agreeing on this perception. The result of this intriguing visual...