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Religion and Psychology Share Methods for Reducing Distress

Religious people facing life crises rely on emotion-regulation strategies that psychologists also use, a new study finds. They look for positive ways of thinking about hardship, a practice known to psychologists as “cognitive reappraisal.” They also tend to have confidence... Continue Reading →

A First Look at How the Psychedelic Salvinorin A Works in the Brain

Recent interest in developing therapies from hallucinogenic drugs has scientists exploring how these chemicals work in the brain. Recently, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers imaged the brains of people who had vaped salvinorin A, a drug used in Native Mexican rituals,... Continue Reading →

Visual Illusion That May Help Explain Consciousness

How much are you conscious of right now? Are you conscious of just the words in the center of your visual field or all the words surrounding it? We tend to assume that our visual consciousness gives us a rich... Continue Reading →

Forgetfulness May Be a Sign of Brain Efficiency

Have you ever run into a work colleague at the supermarket and failed to recognize them? Blame your brilliant, lazy brain. A new study led by Assistant Professor Oliver Baumann of Bond University sheds fresh light on the way the... Continue Reading →

The Machine as Extension of the Body

Combining neuroscience and robotic research has gained impressive results in the rehabilitation of paraplegic patients. A research team led by Prof. Gordon Cheng from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) was able to show that exoskeleton training not only helped... Continue Reading →

Charting the developing brain

How can you build neuronal networks that are more complex than anything known today? Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany, have mapped the development of inhibitory neuronal circuitry and report the discovery of distinct... Continue Reading →

What Social Distancing Does to a Brain

Have you recently wondered how social-distancing and self-isolation may be affecting your brain? An international research team led by Erin Schuman from the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research discovered a brain molecule that functions as a “thermometer” for the... Continue Reading →

New Mechanism of Pain Control Revealed

Researchers in Japan have revealed a previously unknown mechanism for pain control involving a newly identified group of cells in the spinal cord, offering a potential target for enhancing the therapeutic effect of drugs for chronic pain. While neurons may... Continue Reading →

How COVID-19 Reaches the Brain

Using post-mortem tissue samples, a team of researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have studied the mechanisms by which the novel coronavirus can reach the brains of patients with COVID-19, and how the immune system responds to the virus once... Continue Reading →

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