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The human body, specifically the heart, responds to external auditory stimuli during sleep, challenging the notion that the body is disconnected from the environment during this rest period. Their study demonstrates that relaxing words can slow cardiac activity, thereby deepening sleep, unlike neutral words that do not affect heart rate.
Researchers achieved a breakthrough in mapping the brain's 'dysfunctome'—key dysfunctional circuits linked to disorders like Parkinson’s, dystonia, OCD, and Tourette’s syndrome. Utilizing deep brain stimulation (DBS) data from 261 patients worldwide, they pinpointed specific frontal cortex circuits crucial for symptom improvement.
Researchers made a significant breakthrough in understanding how ketamine treats depression-related social impairments, focusing on the drug's effects in the mouse model. Their study shows that (R)-ketamine, as opposed to (S)-ketamine, effectively restores neuronal activity in the anterior insular cortex, a region crucial for emotional regulation and social cognition.

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Researchers uncovered how stress can significantly increase cancer metastasis through the activation of white blood cells known as neutrophils, which create web-like structures promoting cancer spread. By simulating chronic stress in mice, the team observed a dramatic increase in metastatic lesions, linking stress hormones to the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) that foster a metastasis-friendly environment.
Researchers made a groundbreaking discovery in the study of Long COVID, identifying that the integrity of blood vessels in the brain is compromised in patients experiencing brain fog and cognitive decline. The study utilized a novel MRI technique to reveal "leakiness" in the brain's blood vessels, providing an objective method to distinguish patients with neurological symptoms of Long COVID.
Researchers have developed an AI method that can predict Alzheimer's Disease up to seven years before the onset of symptoms, utilizing machine learning to analyze patient records. Their study highlights high cholesterol and osteoporosis—particularly in women—as key predictors, showcasing AI's potential to unveil complex disease patterns and biological drivers.

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Researchers developed an artificial intelligence model that accurately determines the sex of individuals based on brain scans, with over 90% success. This breakthrough supports the theory that significant sex differences in brain organization exist, challenging long-standing controversies.
Researchers developed an innovative AI tool, DeepGO-SE, that excels in predicting the functions of unknown proteins, marking a significant advance in bioinformatics. Leveraging large language models and logical entailment, this tool can deduce molecular functions even for proteins without existing database matches, offering a groundbreaking approach to understanding cellular mechanisms.
Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy, an AI Safety expert, warns of the unprecedented risks associated with artificial intelligence in his forthcoming book, AI: Unexplainable, Unpredictable, Uncontrollable. Through an extensive review, Yampolskiy reveals a lack of evidence proving AI can be safely controlled, pointing out the potential for AI to cause existential catastrophes.

Science research articles cover psychology, depression, mental health, schizophrenia, mental disorders, happiness, stress, PTSD, autism, psychiatry and therapy.

Children living in violent neighborhoods exhibit increased amygdala reactivity, signaling heightened sensitivity to threats, which can affect mental health and socioemotional functioning. However, nurturing parenting can protect against these adverse effects, reducing exposure to community violence and its impact on the brain.
Genetic factors account for approximately 33% of the variation in trust levels between individuals, highlighting the heritable nature of this crucial social trait. The research utilized data from twins and a comprehensive analysis of previous studies to explore the genetic and environmental influences on trust.
Researchers discovered that a brief, electrically induced smile can make neutral faces seem happier, a revelation that holds promise for understanding emotional perception and potentially treating affective disorders. The study utilized facial electrical stimulation, a technique inspired by Charles Darwin's work, to produce quick, involuntary smiles in participants.

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A new study reveals that adolescent girls who ruminate show distinct brain activity patterns when facing social rejection. Using fMRI scans, the research demonstrates increased activity in brain areas related to self-concept and emotional states in girls prone to rumination.
Researchers developed the world's first 3D-printed brain tissue that grows and behaves similarly to natural brain tissue, marking a significant leap forward for neurological and neurodevelopmental disorder research. This novel 3D-printing technique uses a horizontal layering approach and a softer bio-ink, allowing neurons to interconnect and form networks akin to human brain structures.
Researchers have discovered a molecular complex crucial for the transport of mitochondria within neurons, offering new insights into preventing neurodegenerative diseases. The complex, identified as Alex3/Gαq, is pivotal for distributing energy-producing mitochondria throughout neurons, essential for neurotransmission and neuronal functions.