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A new study highlights the critical role of beta rhythms (14-30 Hz) in orchestrating cognitive processes. The research synthesizes experimental data and theoretical models to show that bursts of beta rhythms facilitate cognitive control by regulating the timing and location of higher-frequency gamma waves.
A new study explores how human behaviors spread through social networks, revealing that long ties—connections that bridge distant parts of a network—significantly accelerate the adoption of new behaviors and ideas. Contrary to previous beliefs that closely knit groups are more effective in spreading complex behaviors, this study demonstrates that long ties facilitate broader reach and quicker adoption across diverse populations.

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A new study reveals a biological link between enjoying nature and reduced inflammation levels, which could help in preventing or managing chronic inflammation-related diseases like heart disease and diabetes. The study analyzed data from the Midlife in the U.S. (MIDUS) survey, focusing on 1,244 participants, and found that frequent positive interactions with nature correlated with lower levels of three key inflammation markers.
Researchers are pioneering the use of artificial intelligence to explore how the gut microbiome influences Alzheimer’s disease. Their latest study employs AI to analyze how metabolites produced by gut bacteria interact with cellular receptors, potentially contributing to Alzheimer's development.
Socioeconomic status, lifestyle, and psychological factors significantly influence the development of chronic musculoskeletal pain after injury. The study found that individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are twice as likely to experience chronic pain, and those with additional risk factors such as smoking, fear of movement, and poor support networks are up to seven times more likely.

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Researchers developed a method using wearable headcams and AI to analyze teenagers' facial expressions, revealing subtle emotional nuances. This technology has shown potential in identifying emotions such as worry and happiness, even when they are masked.
Researchers used AI to discover hundreds of genes linked to tobacco use disorder, alongside potential new treatments. Analyzing extensive health data, the team identified genetic variations that contribute to tobacco addiction, which affects 1.3 billion people globally.
Researchers employed AI to fast-track the discovery of treatments for Parkinson's disease. They utilized machine learning techniques to screen millions of compounds and successfully identified five promising candidates that prevent the harmful clumping of alpha-synuclein, a key protein in Parkinson’s pathology.

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

A new study found only modest developmental delays in children aged 5 and under due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Analyzing data from over 50,000 children using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 (ASQ-3), the study observed slight declines in communication, problem-solving, and personal-social skills, with no significant changes in motor skills.
Middle-aged and older adults now perceive the onset of old age to occur later in life compared to previous generations. Analyzing data from the German Ageing Survey, which spanned 25 years and involved 14,056 participants, researchers noted that individuals born later consistently viewed old age as beginning at a later age.
New research reveals the pivotal role of astrocytes in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) in modulating risk assessment behaviors, which are often disrupted in mental disorders. The study used advanced techniques to explore how these brain cells influence a specific group of neurons in the BLA that are crucial for evaluating threats.

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Researchers unveiled a groundbreaking discovery that DNA damage and brain inflammation are vital processes for forming long-term memories, particularly within the brain's hippocampus. Contrary to previous beliefs associating inflammation with neurological diseases, this study highlights inflammation's critical role in memory formation through the activation of the Toll-Like Receptor 9 (TLR9) pathway following DNA damage in hippocampal neurons.
A new study utilizing UK Biobank data has unveiled the genetic roots of left-handedness, pinpointing rare variants in the beta-tubulin gene TUBB4B significantly associated with this trait. These findings not only shed light on the complex interplay between genetics and brain asymmetry but also link left-handedness with neurodevelopmental disorders through shared genetic pathways.
Researchers reviewed 50 studies to deepen our understanding aphantasia, a phenomenon where individuals can't visualize mentally. The research reveals aphantasia's diverse impact, from reduced autobiographical memory and face recognition to broader implications in music imagination and occupation choices, suggesting a spectrum rather than a binary condition.