Neuroscience has transformed our understanding of the brain and promises treatments for devastating disorders that affect millions.

Problematic smartphone use linked to poorer grades, alcohol misuse and more sexual partners

04 July 2019

A survey of more than 3,400 university students in the USA has found that one in five respondents reported problematic smartphone use. Female students were more likely be affected and problematic smartphone use was associated with lower grade averages, mental health problems and higher numbers of sexual partners.

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The stresses and strains of work and unemployment

26 Jun 2018

A stressful workplace can damage your health. But so too can being out of work. Cambridge researchers are trying to understand why both situations...

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Mother’s attitude towards baby during pregnancy may have implications for child’s development

12 Jun 2018

Mothers who ‘connect’ with their baby during pregnancy are more likely to interact in a more positive way with their infant after it is born...

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Brain cholesterol associated with increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease

07 May 2018

Researchers have shown how cholesterol – a molecule normally linked with cardiovascular diseases – may also play an important role in the onset and...

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Sense of control and meaning helps protect women from anxiety, study suggests

24 Apr 2018

People who feel in control of their lives and who find purpose and meaning in life are less likely to have anxiety disorders even when going through...

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Mechanism behind neuron death in motor neurone disease and frontotemporal dementia discovered

20 Apr 2018

Scientists have identified the molecular mechanism that leads to the death of neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS or motor...

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Study finds that genes play a role in empathy

12 Mar 2018

A new study published today suggests that how empathic we are is not just a result of our upbringing and experience but also partly a result of our...

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Living with artificial intelligence: how do we get it right?

28 Feb 2018

Powerful AI needs to be reliably aligned with human values. Does this mean that AI will eventually have to police those values? Cambridge...

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Identification of brain region responsible for alleviating pain could lead to development of opioid alternatives

27 Feb 2018

Researchers from the UK & Japan have identified how the brain’s natural painkilling system could be used as a possible alternative to opioids for...

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Scientists link genes to brain anatomy in autism

26 Feb 2018

A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has discovered that specific genes are linked to individual differences in brain anatomy in...

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Young children use physics, not previous rewards, to learn about tools

23 Feb 2018

Children as young as seven apply basic laws of physics to problem-solving, rather than learning from what has previously been rewarded, suggests new...

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Study in mice suggests personalised stem cell treatment may offer relief for progressive MS

22 Feb 2018

Scientists have shown in mice that skin cells re-programmed into brain stem cells, transplanted into the central nervous system, help reduce...

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Calcium may play a role in the development of Parkinson’s disease

19 Feb 2018

Researchers have found that excess levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic clusters that are the hallmark of Parkinson’s...

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