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

Green: NAc-projecting prefrontal cortex neurons become active during the presentation of a reward-predictive cue, and this activity drives reward-seeking behavior. Purple: PVT-projecting prefrontal cortex neurons inhibited during reward-predictive cue. Credit: The Stuber Lab (UNC School of Medicine) The prefrontal cortex, a large and recently evolved structure that wraps the front of the brain, has powerful

Credit: Association for Psychological Science We use others’ eyes – whether they’re widened or narrowed – to infer emotional states, and the inferences we make align with the optical function of those expressions, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The research reveals, for example, that

Our brain tricks us into believing the low-hanging fruit really is the ripest, a new study says.Image credit:Flickr/Victoria Price The amount of effort required to do something influences what we think we see, finds a new UCL study suggesting we’re biased towards perceiving anything challenging to be less appealing. “Our brain tricks us into believing

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