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A new study reveals the cerebellum's role in controlling thirst, expanding its known functions beyond motor control. Researchers discovered that the hormone asprosin activates Purkinje neurons in the cerebellum, driving the urge to drink water. This finding could lead to new treatments for thirst disorders. The study highlights the cerebellum's broader impact on essential survival functions.
A study reveals that narcissism decreases from childhood to older adulthood, though individual differences remain stable over time. People who are more narcissistic as children tend to stay that way as adults.

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

A new study predicts cognitive decline rates in people with early Alzheimer's and explores how new drugs may slow this process. Researchers found that prediction models can estimate the rate of decline but with some uncertainty. These models could eventually help answer practical questions about quality of life for patients. The findings highlight the potential of new treatments to delay cognitive impairment.
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Researchers identified a new role for the PIEZO2 protein in mediating chronic pain hypersensitivity, suggesting a new target for pain relief. The study showed that mutations in PIEZO2 make pain receptors, or nociceptors, highly sensitive to mechanical stimuli, explaining persistent pain. This finding could lead to new analgesics that better address chronic pain by targeting PIEZO2 channels.
Researchers have discovered why migraines are often one-sided, revealing that proteins released during aura are carried to pain-signaling nerves via cerebrospinal fluid. This study highlights a novel communication channel between the brain and peripheral sensory nervous system. The findings offer insights into migraine mechanisms and potential new treatments. This breakthrough may lead to better therapies for migraine sufferers.

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 methodology developed by an international research team uses motion capture and the EMOKINE software to decode emotions from movements. The team recorded a dancer performing choreographies expressing various emotions and analyzed the kinematic features of her movements.
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.
New research shows people are more likely to accuse others of lying when AI makes the accusation first. This insight highlights the potential social impact of AI in lie detection and suggests caution for policymakers. The study found AI's presence increased accusation rates and influenced behavior, despite people's general reluctance to use AI lie detection tools.

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

A new study finds that loneliness impacts memory more negatively than social isolation among older adults. Those who are both socially isolated and lonely experience the greatest memory decline, but loneliness alone also significantly harms memory.
A new study identifies brain areas linked to mood swings and pleasure response in bipolar disorder. Researchers found that people with bipolar disorder show heightened activity in the ventral striatum during rewards, explaining extreme mood shifts. Reduced communication between the ventral striatum and anterior insula may contribute to these mood changes. These findings could lead to better treatments for managing bipolar disorder.

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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.
Researchers discovered a way to increase vitamin B6 levels in cells by inhibiting its degradation, potentially improving memory and learning. Their study found that a natural substance, 7,8-Dihydroxyflavone, inhibits the enzyme pyridoxal phosphatase, enhancing vitamin B6 in nerve cells. This breakthrough could lead to new treatments for mental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.
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.
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.
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.