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A New Look at Playing Pretend

A New Look at Playing Pretend

A recent study by Professor of Psychology Paul Bloom and graduate student Deena Skolnick Weisberg found that young children draw distinctions in their imaginary worlds.

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Spearheading Schizophrenia Research: A Quest for New Treatments

Spearheading Schizophrenia Research: A Quest for New Treatments

Since 1988, Dr. John Krystal has taken schizophrenia research down a new path, discovering potential new antipsychotic therapies by investigating the brain’s glutamate release and response systems.

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Yale Researcher: Hunger Plays a Role in Infertility

Yale Researcher: Hunger Plays a Role in Infertility

A new study by Yale professor Meenakshi Alreja has shown that calorie restriction may play a role in infertil­ity via a molecular pathway that shuts down the activity of brain cells that control the reproductive axis.

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Prosopagnosia – Whose Face is It?

Prosopagnosia – Whose Face is It?

Prosopagnosia is a selective and often severe deficit in the ability to recognize others’ faces. People suffering from the disorder are often unable to recognize their friends and family members by face alone.

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Keepon: The Dancing Robot

Keepon: The Dancing Robot

The yellow robot Keepon, which became an Internet sensation in 2007, was developed by Hideki Kozima and Marek Michalowski to study the development of social intelligence in young children.

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Studying Mood Disorders With MRI Brain Analyses

Studying Mood Disorders With MRI Brain Analyses

Dr. Hilary Blumberg has used MRI to investigated the effect of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (bDNF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) on brain structure and development.

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fMRI: Uncertain Uncertainties

fMRI: Uncertain Uncertainties

MIT graduate student Ed Vul recently stirred up the field of neuroscience with a paper claiming that the technique of “non-independent analysis” inflates correlations between cognitive performance measure and brain activity as measures by fMRI.

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Book Review: “Mania: a Short History of Bipolar Disorder”

Book Review: “Mania: a Short History of Bipolar Disorder”

In a definitional whirlwind, David Healy in Mania upsets any notions of the conti­nuity of our time’s mental disorders, following the history of bipolar disorder from the ancient Greeks through the present.

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Everyday Q&A: What causes the red wine headache?

Everyday Q&A: What causes the red wine headache?

People have probably been complaining about the notorious Red Wine Headache (RWH) ever since red wine first emerged in 6000 BC in western Asia. As of yet, however, researchers have not been able to pinpoint a single etiology.

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Ears Can’t Take All the Credit: Facial Expressions Influence Hearing

Ears Can’t Take All the Credit: Facial Expressions Influence Hearing

In a recently published paper in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Takayuki Ito and colleagues at the Haskins Laboratory tested whether stretching a subject’s skin in a certain direction while streaming a set of words in the subject’s ear affected what was actually heard.

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