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Neuroscience News is an independent open access science magazine. Since 2001, we have featured neuroscience research news from labs, universities, hospitals and news departments around the world. Topics include brain research, AI, psychology, neuroscience, mental health and neurotech.

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A novel study uncovers a peculiar pattern of decision-making in mice, influenced by a specific gene named Arc. While searching for food, mice repeatedly visited an empty location instead of staying at a site abundant in food. However, mice lacking the Arc gene demonstrated a more practical approach, sticking with the food-rich site, thereby consuming more calories overall.
Researchers have discovered that the common marmoset, a diurnal primate, navigates its surroundings differently from previously studied rats, reflecting its unique ecological adaptations. Marmosets use visual cues, relying on rapid head-gaze shifts while stationary, and minimize head movements while navigating. In contrast, rats use low-velocity head movements and tactile whisker explorations.

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

Researchers delved into the brain's grey and white matter, investigating the impacts of fibromyalgia. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the team detected reduced grey matter volume in the pain-processing areas of fibromyalgia patients.
Researchers have cracked the mystery behind how the Botulinum neurotoxin type-A, also known as Botox, infiltrates neurons. The toxin utilizes a small complex formed by a receptor called Synaptotagmin 1, along with two other clostridial neurotoxin receptors, to enter synaptic vesicles in neurons. This infiltration interrupts nerve-to-muscle communication, leading to paralysis.

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

The belief in AI enhancement can lead to increased risk-taking behavior. In the study, participants were informed that an AI application would enhance their cognitive abilities during a virtual card game. Despite the absence of actual AI assistance, participants displayed higher risk-taking, indicating a potential placebo effect in technological applications.
Researchers used artificial intelligence to predict how enzymes interact with various substrates. The team developed an AI model that can accurately predict whether an enzyme can work with a particular molecule.
This week in neuroscience has been nothing short of astounding. We're here to recap the top Neuroscience News articles that made a splash. If these escaped your radar, it's the perfect time to plunge into the ocean of knowledge and uncover the most recent, groundbreaking strides that are shaping our grasp of the brain's intricate workings.

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

Neuroscientists discovered how vitamin D deficiency impacts the development of neurons, contributing to disorders such as schizophrenia. Using innovative technology, they were able to observe that a lack of vitamin D not only changes neuron growth but also affects the brain's dopamine release mechanism. They found dopamine release was enhanced in cells grown in the presence of vitamin D, compared to a control.
Researchers established a model, termed "dynamic prospect theory," which more accurately portrays human and monkey decision-making under uncertainty. In the study, 70 participants were asked to choose between two lotteries with varying reward sizes, probabilities, and risks.

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The neuroscience of fitness explores how regular exercise profoundly impacts our brain and nervous system. Exercise stimulates neurogenesis - the creation of new neurons - primarily in the hippocampus, influencing memory and learning while increasing key mood-regulating neurotransmitters.
Researchers revealed a correlation between reduced oxygen intake, or 'oxygen restriction,' and extended lifespan in lab mice. The study found that mice in an oxygen-restricted environment lived about 50% longer than those in normal oxygen levels.
A groundbreaking new study provides early evidence of consciousness in the dying brain, shedding light on the mysteries of near-death experiences. Researchers identified a surge of gamma wave activity, associated with consciousness, in the dying brains of comatose patients. The activity was detected in a neural hotspot associated with dreaming and altered states of consciousness, providing exciting new insights into the human mind. Though caution is advised due to the small sample size, this research could change the way we understand death.
Researchers discovered shared genetic underpinnings for cannabis use and psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Employing advanced statistical modelling, the study revealed a complex interplay of genetic variants increasing or decreasing risk factors for these conditions. These findings may contribute to personalized preventive measures and interventional strategies.
Researchers have found a link between frequent YouTube usage and increased levels of loneliness, anxiety, and depression, especially among viewers under 29. The study raises concerns about 'parasocial relationships' between creators and viewers, as well as the algorithmic recommendation of suicide-related content. The team suggests AI-based solutions to guide users towards positive mental health content.