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How bullying affects the brain

The effects of constantly being bullied are more than just psychological. Research now shows that there may be physical structural differences in the brains of adolescents who are regularly victimized, and this could increase the chance that they suffer from... Continue Reading →

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Experiences of nature boost children’s learning

Spending time in nature boosts children's academic achievement and healthy development, concludes a new analysis examining hundreds of studies. Ming Kuo, associate professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois and lead author on the Frontiers... Continue Reading →

Genes, environment and schizophrenia: new study finds the placenta is the missing link

Hiding in plain sight, new research shines a spotlight on the placenta‚Äôs critical role in the nature versus nurture debate and how it confers risk for schizophrenia and likely other neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, autism, and Tourette syndrome. This new... Continue Reading →

Misophonia or Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome

If you've ever been tempted to confront someone slurping their soup in a restaurant, or if a person breathing loudly next to you in the movie theater is enough to make your blood boil, then you're not alone: You're one... Continue Reading →

Sleep deprivation handicaps the brain’s ability to form new memories, mouse study shows

Chemical recalibration of brain cells during sleep is crucial for learning, and sleeping pills may sabotage it. Studying mice, scientists at Johns Hopkins have fortified evidence that a key purpose of sleep is to recalibrate the brain cells responsible for... Continue Reading →

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