How Your Behaviour In Childhood Predicts Whether You’ll Be In A Relationship As An Adult

The question of how to find a steady romantic partnership is among the oldest human predicaments. There is consequently considerable interest in what factors might predict partnership success. Traits like warmth, conscientiousness, agreeableness and trust all seem to matter. But can behaviour in childhood predict your future partnering prospects? In a new study published with…

Noninvasive Mapping Of Superficial White Matter

A very high resolution map of the white-grey matter border across the entire living brain has been created by a multidisciplinary team led by Nikolaus Weiskopf from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Current neuroscience thinks of the brain as composed of two tissue types. Billions of neurons make up the…

Why 22q11 Deletion Syndrome Raises Schizophrenia Risk 30X

One out of every 3,000 people carries a genetic defect known as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, or 22q11DS. It is one of the most widespread chromosomal deletions known to occur in humans. People carrying 22q11DS are at a 30-times higher risk for schizophrenia than those in the general population. This dwarfs the magnitude of all other…

Integrated Neurophotonics For Real-time Mapping of Brain Circuits

A new approach to dense functional imaging of brain activity, called integrated neurophotonics, is unveiled in a new paper1 from researchers at California Institute of Technology. The technique may enable the activity of all of the thousands to millions of neurons in a particular brain circuit to be observed in real time. The approach uses…

STAT3 In The Midbrain Modulates Emotional Reactivity

The molecule STAT3 plays an important role in the serotonergic system as a mediator for controlling emotion, new research1 from Medical University of Vienna researchers indicates. The finding points to a mechanism linking the immune system, serotonin transmission and mood disorders like depression. Previous research indicates that inflammatory processes play a key role in some…

Why Empathy Is Important During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Margaret Mead, the famous anthropologist, was once asked what she considered to be the first signs of civilization in a culture. Her answer was not the expected weapon, clay pot, or grinding stone. It was a healed femur. She went on to explain that a healed femur bone is evidence that someone cared, someone was…

High-calorie Foods: Are We Hardwired to Remember Them?

You are on the way to your cubicle, coming back from the cafeteria, when you run into Nick. He says he has to fly to Vancouver for a meeting with the solar panel supplier for the new power station project. Nick knows you’ve been to Vancouver a few times to visit your brother, so he…

Brain Fog After COVID-19 Recovery May Indicate PTSD

Continuing “brain fog” and other neurological symptoms after COVID -19 recovery may be due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new report indicates1. Such brain fog was an effect observed in past human coronavirus outbreaks such as SARS and MERS. People who have recovered from COVID-19 sometimes experience persistant troubles with concentration, as well as…