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Memory and Emotion: What Rats can Teach Us

Memory and Emotion: What Rats can Teach Us

The neurobiological substrates of memory and emotion have eluded neuroscientists for decades, but Yale’s researchers are shedding light on the mechanisms by which our brains remember by exploring emotional memory processing in rats.

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Everyday Q&A: How do SSRIs work?

Everyday Q&A: How do SSRIs work?

The most popular type of antidepressant today is the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), such as Prozac, Zoloft, or Lexapro, introduced in 1987.

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Everyday Q&A: How does aging affect memory?

Everyday Q&A: How does aging affect memory?

In general, older people have more difficulty learning new things, retrieving old information, and multitasking. In order to understand what causes this weakening, we must first understand how memory works.

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Natural Birth May Lead to Better Baby Bonding

Natural Birth May Lead to Better Baby Bonding

Yale Child Study Center Assistant Professor James Swain, M.D. recently published an article in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry examining the relationship between a mother’s bond to her baby and the method of delivery at birth.

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Karyn Frick Awarded Medtronic Prize for Women’s Health Research

Karyn Frick Awarded Medtronic Prize for Women’s Health Research

Yale associate professor of psychology Karyn Frick was awarded the third annual Society for Women’s Health Research Medtronic Prize for Scientific Contributions to Women’s Health.

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Through the Eyes of Children: What babies and kids think of the world around them

Through the Eyes of Children: What babies and kids think of the world around them

Dr. Frank Keil and Dr. Karen Wynn have shown that infants exhibit certain patterns of learning, including the ability to distinguish between intentional and non-intentional actors and their capabilities.

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Reward Systems Provide Insight into Obesity Epidemic

Reward Systems Provide Insight into Obesity Epidemic

Dr. Dana Small has probed the relationship between learning and obesity by investigating the reward systems in humans and attempting to understand how these could impact human behavior, such as overeating.

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The Puzzle of Autism

The Puzzle of Autism

One out of every 150 children born is diagnosed with the disorder; among boys, who are four times more likely to have autism, the number rises to one in 94. Currently, 1.5 million Americans are autistic.

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Stress Hormones and Social Rank

Stress Hormones and Social Rank

Stephanie Anestis (GRAD ’05), a Schwartz Foundation post-doctoral research associate in the Center for Human and Primate Reproductive Ecology, is investigating this stress and hormones in chimpanzees.

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Smell then tell: New neurons in the adult brain receive signals before forming synapses of their own

Smell then tell: New neurons in the adult brain receive signals before forming synapses of their own

“Smell is cool,” quipped Charles Greer, professor of neurosurgery and neurobiology at the School of Medicine, when asked how he would summarize his research on the neurological workings of the olfactory system for a five-year old. When the question was

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