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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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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Scientists discover the secrets behind the cuttlefish’s 3D ‘invisibility cloak’

15 Feb 2018

An international team of scientists has identified the neural circuits that enable cuttlefish to change their appearance in just the blink to eye –...

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Artificial intelligence is growing up fast: what’s next for thinking machines?

06 Feb 2018

Our lives are already enhanced by AI – or at least an AI in its infancy – with technologies using algorithms that help them to learn from our...

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Study of learning and memory problems in OCD helps young people unlock their potential at school

22 Jan 2018

Adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have widespread learning and memory problems, according to research published today. The...

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How incurable mitochondrial diseases strike previously unaffected families

15 Jan 2018

Researchers have shown for the first time how children can inherit a severe – potentially fatal – mitochondrial disease from a healthy mother. The...

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Advances in brain imaging settle debate over spread of key protein in Alzheimer’s

05 Jan 2018

Recent advances in brain imaging have enabled scientists to show for the first time that a key protein which causes nerve cell death spreads...

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New brain mapping technique highlights relationship between connectivity and IQ

02 Jan 2018

A new and relatively simple technique for mapping the wiring of the brain has shown a correlation between how well connected an individual’s brain...

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Mindfulness training reduces stress during exam time

18 Dec 2017

Mindfulness training can help support students at risk of mental health problems, concludes a randomised controlled trial carried out by researchers...

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Genetics study adds further evidence that education reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease

07 Dec 2017

The theory that education protects against Alzheimer’s disease has been given further weight by new research from the University of Cambridge, funded...

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