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Future criminal behavior predicted with brain scan

Researchers from The Mind Research Network and Duke University say neuroimaging data can predict the likelihood of whether a criminal will reoffend following release from prison. Details of the research have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study involved 96 adult male criminal offenders aged between 20 and 52 […]

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Fattening-up with Facebook

Social and physical environments can have a profound effect on metabolic processes, say the scientists behind rodent experiments that showed how an engaging social environment can burn more fat than a treadmill. Researcher Matthew During, of Ohio State University, explained that when mice are given a more engaging place to live with greater opportunities for […]

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Salt: nature’s antidepressant

Most people consume far too much salt and a University of Iowa (UI) researcher thinks we might crave it because it puts us in a better mood. UI psychologist Kim Johnson and colleagues found in their research that when rats are deficient in sodium chloride they shy away from activities they normally enjoy, like drinking […]

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Addicted To Knowledge

Neuroscientists at the University of Southern California have proposed a simple explanation for the pleasure of grasping a new concept: The brain is getting its fix. According to researcher Irving Biederman, the “click” of comprehension triggers a biochemical cascade that rewards the brain with a shot of natural opium-like substances. Writing in American Scientist, Biederman […]

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Disco Rats Last Longer On Ecstasy

A new study, published in BioMed Central’s journal Neuroscience, has found that loud music prolongs the effects of taking ecstasy for up to five days. The researchers, from the Italian Institute of Neurological Science and the University Magna Graecia in Catanzaro, showed that the reduction in rats’ brain activity induced by MDMA (ecstasy, or 3,4 […]

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Disease Seeking Nanoprobes Get Glowing Report

Diagnostic techniques for serious diseases could improve dramatically now that researchers from Rice University’s Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology have developed a “smart” beacon hundreds of times smaller than a human cell. The nanoprobe has been designed to light up only when activated by defective proteases (enzymes which break the peptide bonds of proteins) […]

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Left Side Of Brain Influences Immune Function

Staying healthy may involve more than washing hands or keeping a positive attitude. According to a study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it also may involve a particular pattern of brain activity. By monitoring activity levels in the human brain’s prefrontal cortex, the researchers demonstrate for the first time that people who have more activity […]

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