How your brain copes with stress
Aug27

How your brain copes with stress

Stress manifests itself in our lives in a variety of ways, from financial concerns to health concerns, and leaves us irritable and grumpy. Over time, high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), can begin to impact our physical, emotional, and even mental health. However, it’s during times of stress we adopt an attitude of resiliency, but how exactly does the brain help us cope? Researchers have discovered our adaptive strategies to...

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Men and women’s brains work in different ways when they cooperate
Jun09

Men and women’s brains work in different ways when they cooperate

When they have to solve a problem by cooperating, men and women often have different approaches. Scientists say the reason for this could be differences in brain activity between both sexes when they are engaged in cooperative tasks. Previous behavioural studies have suggested that men tend to cooperate better when they are in large groups while women are at their best when they are watched by other women. Additionally, cooperating in...

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Study shows how judgment of sensory simultaneity may develop in the brain
Jun04

Study shows how judgment of sensory simultaneity may develop in the brain

Most people encounter most things by sensing them in multiple ways. As we hear the words people speak, we also see their lips move. We smell, see and hear the onions as we chop them — and we feel them with teary eyes. It turns out that the ability to judge such sensory inputs as simultaneous, and therefore likely pertaining to the same thing, is something animal brains must develop through experience. A new study using tadpoles...

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How the brain makes, and breaks, a habit
May31

How the brain makes, and breaks, a habit

Not all habits are bad. Some are even necessary. It’s a good thing, for example, that we can find our way home on “autopilot” or wash our hands without having to ponder every step. But inability to switch from acting habitually to acting in a deliberate way can underlie addiction and obsessive compulsive disorders. Working with a mouse model, an international team of researchers demonstrates what happens in the brain...

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