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Young men are getting more out of ‘bromances’ than romances

Los Angeles, CA (October 12, 2017) Young men's 'bromances,' close friendships with other men, are more emotionally satisfying than their romantic relationships with women, finds a study out today in Men and Masculinities (a SAGE Publishing journal). Study authors...

First ever data on number of gender confirmation surgeries

For the first time, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is reporting on the number of gender confirmation surgeries in the United States. ASPS--the world's largest plastic surgery organization--found that more than 3,200 transfeminine and transmasculine...

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Sex Matters in Experiments on Party Drug–in Mice

Mouse experiments with the popular club drug ketamine may be skewed by the sex of the researcher performing them, a study suggests.

The findings, presented on November 14 at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) meeting in Washington DC, only deepen

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Language Patterns Reveal Body’s Hidden Response to Stress

Subtleties in the language people use may reveal physiological stress. Psychologists found that tracking certain words used by volunteers in randomly collected audio clips reflected stress-related changes in their gene expression. The speech patterns predicted those...

Health benefits of moderate drinking may be overstated, study finds

The benefits of light alcohol consumption, as well as the risks associated with not drinking at all, might not be as great as previously thought, according to Penn State researchers who examined the drinking habits of middle-aged adults. The researchers analyzed...

Resetting balance in reward centers may help treat alcohol addiction

Philadelphia, PA, May 25, 2017 - The human brain functions on a delicate balance of reinforcing positive behaviors and suppressing negative ones, which takes place in the dorsal striatum, a brain region critical for goal-directed behavior and implicated in drug and...

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New Mechanism of Cell Death in Neurodegenerative Disorders

Summary: New finding could lead to novel therapeutic approaches in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Source: King’s College London.

Researchers at King’s College London have discovered new mechanisms of cell death, which may be involved in debilitating neurodegenerative disorders, such

Smarter People Have Better Connected Brains

Summary: A new study reports that certain brain regions interact more closely, while others are less engaged, in people with higher intelligence.

Source: Goethe University.

Differences in intelligence have so far mostly been attributed to differences in specific brain regions.

A Subconscious Interaction between Fixation and Anticipatory Pursuit

Ocular smooth pursuit and fixation are typically viewed as separate systems, yet there is evidence that the brainstem fixation system inhibits pursuit. Here we present behavioral evidence that the fixation system modulates pursuit behavior outside of conscious awareness. Human observers …

Domain Specificity of Oculomotor Learning after Changes in Sensory Processing

Humans visually process the world with varying spatial resolution and can program their eye movements optimally to maximize information acquisition for a variety of everyday tasks. Diseases such as macular degeneration can change visual sensory processing, introducing central vision loss …