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Mindfulness training can lead to altered states of consciousness, such as disembodiment and unity. Researchers found that participants were twice as likely to experience these states compared to a control group. While these experiences can be positive, they may also be startling or unpleasant. Mindfulness teachers and students should discuss these potential side effects.
A new suggests that three-minute resistance exercise breaks every 30 minutes in the evening can extend sleep duration by an average of 27 minutes. This practice doesn't disrupt sleep quality and could reduce cardiometabolic disease risk. Participants engaged in simple exercises like chair squats and calf raises. Further research is needed to confirm these findings in real-life settings.
A new study reveals that psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms, temporarily disrupts brain networks involved in introspective thinking, like daydreaming and memory. These changes persist for weeks, potentially making the brain more flexible and improving mental health. The findings could pave the way for psilocybin-based therapies for depression and PTSD. The research underscores the importance of using these drugs under medical supervision.

Neurology news articles cover neurology, brain cancer, traumatic brain injuries, neurosurgery, neuroanatomy, brain research and neurological disorders.

Researchers used machine learning to identify three subtypes of Parkinson’s disease based on progression speed. These subtypes, marked by distinct genetic drivers, could enhance diagnosis and treatment strategies.
A new AI tool predicts Alzheimer's progression with 82% accuracy using cognitive tests and MRI scans, outperforming current methods. This tool could reduce the need for costly tests and improve early intervention. Alzheimer's disease is the main cause of dementia, affecting over 55 million people worldwide.

AI news articles cover science articles about artificial intelligence including ChatGPT, Bard, Dalle, neural networks, machine learning, LLMs, AGI and other AI related topics.

A new study reveals that over 60% of participants prefer AI over humans for redistributive decisions, despite finding AI decisions less satisfying and fair. Researchers conducted an online experiment with over 200 participants from the UK and Germany.
Researchers developed a neural network that mimics human decision-making by incorporating elements of uncertainty and evidence accumulation. This model, trained on handwritten digits, produces more human-like decisions compared to traditional neural networks.
Researchers developed a new approach to improve uncertainty estimates in machine-learning models, enhancing prediction accuracy. Their method, IF-COMP, uses the minimum description length principle to provide more reliable confidence measures for AI decisions, crucial in high-stakes settings like healthcare.

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

A new study identifies beta frequency neural activity in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) as crucial for recognizing rewards and shaping behavior. This neural signature is altered in patients with depression, suggesting it could serve as a biomarker and potential treatment target for anhedonia.

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A new study reveals the role of the molecule KIBRA in forming long-term memories. Researchers found that KIBRA acts as a “glue,” binding with the enzyme PKMzeta to strengthen and stabilize synapses, crucial for memory retention. This discovery could lead to new treatments for memory-related conditions. The findings confirm a long-standing hypothesis about memory storage mechanisms.
A new study uncovers the different patterns and reasons behind procrastination using a mathematical framework. It shows that procrastination is influenced by factors like immediate rewards and uncertainty about future outcomes. These insights can help develop personalized strategies to combat procrastination and improve productivity. The research also highlights the importance of understanding individual procrastination behaviors.
Researchers have discovered how glial cells can be reprogrammed into neurons through epigenetic modifications, offering hope for treating neurological disorders. This reprogramming involves complex molecular mechanisms, including the transcription factor Neurogenin2 and the newly identified protein YingYang1, which opens chromatin for reprogramming. The study reveals how coordinated epigenome changes drive this process, potentially leading to new therapies for brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases.
A novel AI-powered study explores evolutionary differences between male and female birdwing butterflies, shedding new light on a historic debate between Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Using machine learning to analyze over 16,000 butterfly specimens, researchers found that both sexes contribute to species diversity.