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High temperatures lead to simpler language in parliamentary speeches. Analyzing seven million speeches from 28,000 politicians, researchers discovered that heat negatively impacts cognitive abilities. This effect was more pronounced in older politicians. The findings highlight the broader impacts of climate change on human performance and decision-making.
Dopamine levels affect mentalizing abilities—understanding others' thoughts and feelings—in healthy people. Using a double-blind, placebo-controlled experiment with 33 volunteers, researchers found that blocking dopamine receptors reduced participants' accuracy in ascribing mental states.
Giving birth to low-birth-weight infants may be associated with memory and thinking problems later in life. The research, involving 15,323 women, showed that cognitive decline in mothers with low-birth-weight deliveries was equivalent to one to two years of aging. These findings suggest that low-birth-weight deliveries could be a marker for poorer cognitive health in later years. Further research is needed to confirm these results and explore preventive measures.

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

Researchers discovered a druggable target that could prevent autonomic dysfunction after spinal cord injury. The research found that microglia cells control abnormal nerve growth and autonomic reflexes. By depleting microglia in a mouse model, researchers prevented life-threatening complications. This finding could lead to new therapies for spinal cord injuries and other neurological conditions.
Eli Lilly’s Alzheimer’s drug, Donanemab, has been recommended for FDA approval by an independent panel. The drug has shown promise in slowing early-stage Alzheimer’s, despite risks like brain swelling. This recommendation follows a prior FDA rejection due to insufficient data. If approved, Donanemab could revolutionize Alzheimer's treatment, offering new hope for patients and their families.
The protein Kif2a acts as a "gardener" for sensory neurons, regulating their axon growth. This pruning process is crucial for managing pain sensitivity. The absence of Kif2a in genetically engineered mice resulted in increased axon density and heightened pain sensitivity over time. However, a compensatory mechanism reduces pain sensitivity in the long term, offering potential insights for chronic pain management.

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Researchers created a virtual rat with an AI brain to study how real rats control movement. Using data from real rats, they trained the AI to mimic behaviors in a physics simulator. The virtual rat's neural activations closely matched those of real rats, offering new insights into brain function. This innovation could revolutionize neuroscience and improve robotic control systems.
Wild African elephants use name-like calls to address each other, a rare ability among nonhuman animals. Researchers confirmed this by using machine learning to analyze elephant calls and observing that elephants responded specifically to calls addressed to them.

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

Influencers who disable social media comments are perceived as less persuasive and likable. The research highlights that even negative comments can boost an influencer’s credibility. Disabling comments signals a dismissiveness of audience feedback, undermining the influencer’s connection with followers. This study suggests that influencers need to balance protecting their mental health with maintaining audience engagement.
3-year-olds who responded positively to parental praise had fewer behavioral and emotional issues by age 5-7. Children whose behaviors were less influenced by their mood also showed fewer problems. The research, involving 60 children, used toothbrushing videos to measure child behavior and parental praise. This study highlights the importance of early positive reinforcement in child development.
Individuals who physically feel others' pain, known as mirror-pain synaesthetes, are more likely to help. Using fMRI, they observed that these individuals activate their secondary somatosensory cortex more, linking empathy to prosocial behavior. This study highlights the importance of empathy in motivating generosity and offers insights into enhancing prosocial behavior. Findings could inform future interventions to boost empathy.

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Researchers found that a hormone-producing cell in the adrenal glands may explain why oldfield mice are monogamous while their close relatives are promiscuous. This hormone, 20⍺-OHP, boosts nurturing behavior, suggesting a link to monogamy.
Fruit flies use the neurotransmitter octopamine to decide whether food memories are stored long-term or short-term. This process, influenced by energy reserves, affects future eating behavior. High glycogen levels result in stable food memories, prompting increased food intake even after fasting. The research suggests that similar mechanisms may influence overeating in humans.
A new study finds that altered states of consciousness (ASCs), like those experienced during meditation, are more common than previously thought. 45% of respondents reported experiencing ASCs at least once, often leading to positive outcomes. However, a significant minority also reported negative or even life-threatening suffering, highlighting the need for better support and understanding of these experiences.