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Can’t Sleep? Neither do Flies

Can’t Sleep? Neither do Flies

Ask ten students how much they sleep and you’ll end up with ten different answers. Although it’s generally accepted that eight hours a night is a good goal, scientists are unsure how much sleep is necessary for survival. Sleep is

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Easy as 1,2,3: Honeybees can learn to add and subtract

Easy as 1,2,3: Honeybees can learn to add and subtract

“According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly.” This opening line from the Bee Movie echoes a fascination people have with the abilities of bees. Although the line may

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A New Reality: VR technology treats phobias in autistic patients

A New Reality: VR technology treats phobias in autistic patients

Most people know someone with autism, whether it be a sibling, a close friend, or an acquaintance. The Center for Disease Control’s 2014 census found that one in fifty-nine children living in the US has autism—more than double the number

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On and Off Again: A look into how we perceive “backwards” motion

On and Off Again: A look into how we perceive “backwards” motion

Every time you watch a movie, you might think you’re capturing every mo­ment unfold. In reality, however, the brain is fooled into perceiving this rapid sequence of still images as continuous motion. This is “phi motion” in action. Due to

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MRI Scan Detects Signs of Schizophrenia: Brain imaging test predicts likelihood of developing psychosis and schizophrenia

MRI Scan Detects Signs of Schizophrenia: Brain imaging test predicts likelihood of developing psychosis and schizophrenia

Psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia are severe mental disorders that affect the thoughts and emotions of an individual, making them feel detached from reality in a condition called psychosis. Although these disorders can be debilitating, starting treatment early can potentially

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DOES YOUR ROOMMATE HATE YOU… OR IS IT JUST YOU?

DOES YOUR ROOMMATE HATE YOU… OR IS IT JUST YOU?

Evidence for a liking gap reveals that we may be more liked than we tend to think   Ever walked out of an interview flooded with regrets? Thought you struck the wrong chord with someone you just met? If this

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Wiring of Psychopathic Brains: Neural networks hold clues to psychopathy

Wiring of Psychopathic Brains: Neural networks hold clues to psychopathy

Psychopathy is a relatively uncommon mental disorder, yet its socioeconomic burden on society can be extremely damaging. Psychopaths lack full emotional awareness and decision-making skills of non-psychopathic individuals, making them more likely to deceive others, make rash decisions, and ultimately

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Amygdala and Anxiety

Amygdala and Anxiety

Response to anxiety in previously institutionalized youths The amygdala is commonly known as the fear control center of our brain, but it also plays an important role in ensuring our survival by directing attention to salient stimuli. Studies have shown

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Know Too Much?

Know Too Much?

The Downside of Genetic Testing for Depression Picture yourself as a participant in a study: you receive a kit containing mouthwash and a color-changing strip of paper. Sleek text on the professional label reads “Saliva Self-Testing Kit for 5-Hydroxylindoleacetic Acid.”

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A False Fixation on Nitrogen: How nitrogen-fixing trees may slow forest regrowth

A False Fixation on Nitrogen: How nitrogen-fixing trees may slow forest regrowth

Understanding forest regrowth is crucial to predicting and mitigating environmental damage, and with over half of the word’s tropical forests currently recovering from human land use, insight into forest regrowth mechanisms is more important than ever. To accurately model and

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