Mutations to the EGR1 gene disrupt social behaviors in zebrafish models of ASD. Additionally, the mutation disrupts dopamine signaling from specific neurons, contributing to mood and social behavior disorders.
Distinct, coordinated activity in large sets of neurons can predict the future behaviors of rats, a new study reports. Based on the findings, researchers have created a "dictionary" that links brain activity patterns to simple behavioral outcomes.
Overall, restrictive eating was the only feeding practice that linked parent and child emotional eating.
Astrocytes help transition the brain from a highly plastic state to one that is more stable.
Dendrites weave their way through space that balances their need to connect to other neurons, but there is a cost.
Children as young as three have an adult-like preference for visual fractal patterns commonly seen in nature. The findings suggest the preference for common natural fractal patterns develops early in life.
Without their cell phones, study participants had increased difficulty concentrating and experienced more mind-wandering that those who had access to their phones. Those who had access to their phone, but were told to resist using them had greater perceived concentration abilities than those who had no access to their device.