Fluorescence image of the abdominal segments in a ventral ganglion of Drosophila larva. The synaptic contacts and the cell nuclei are stained with Bruchpilot (magenta) and Hoechst dye (green), respectively. Credit: Swagata Dey Like the junctions in an electronic circuit between two semiconductors in an integrated computer chip, synapses in the brain constitute the logic

These are brain scans of chronically depressed patients before and during treatment. Left: Before treatment, depressed patients had a thicker cortex in the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes of the brain (shown in red). Right: Over 10 weeks of medication, these regions (shown in blue) no longer differed from the thickness of healthy controls.Credit: Ravi

Johns Hopkins University cognitive psychologists are the first to link human’s long-term visual memory with how things move.Image Credit:Flickr/amy leonard As Superman flies over the city, people on the ground famously suppose they see a bird, then a plane, and then finally realize it’s a superhero. But they haven’t just spotted the Man of Steel

Women suffer from a higher incidence of chronic and inflammatory pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, says a new study.Image credit: Flickr/Britt-knee A female brain’s resident immune cells are more active in regions involved in pain processing relative to males, according to a recent study by Georgia State University researchers. The study, published in

A new study shows that the effects of vibrations produced by horses during horse-riding lead to the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which improves learning in children. Image credit:Flickr/Matthew McCullough Recent research published in Frontiers in Public Health shows that the effects of vibrations produced by horses during horse-riding lead to the activation of

Image credit: Flickr/Surian Soosay It is a question that has mystified countless people: Why does one article spread like wildfire through social media and another—seemingly similar—doesn’t? How does your brain decide what is valuable enough to read and share? Christin Scholz and Elisa Baek, both students in the Ph.D. program at the Annenberg School for

A new research suggests that dogs may be even more like us than previously thought. Image credit: Flickr/Donnie Ray Jones Most dog owners will tell you they consider their beloved pets to be members of their families. Now new research suggests that dogs may be even more like us than previously thought. Evan MacLean, director

Cartoon image of brain ‘coupling’ during communication. Credit: Drexel University Great ideas so often get lost in translation—from the math teacher who can’t get through to his students, to a stand-up comedian who bombs during an open mic night. But how can we measure whether our audiences understand what we’re trying to convey? And better

People living in neighbourhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress. Image credit: Flickr/Peter Miller People living in neighbourhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to research by academics at the University of Exeter, the

Music is a tricky topic for evolutionary science: it turns up in many cultures around the world in many different contexts, but no one knows why humans are the only musical species. Image credit: Flickr/brian.abeling Study proposes new theory for evolution of infant-directed song These days, it’s a territory mostly dominated by the likes of

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