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 Nightmare by Henry Fuseli, 1781

Meditation-relaxation therapy may offer escape from the terror of sleep paralysis

12 Aug 2020

Sleep paralysis – a condition thought to explain a number of mysterious experiences including alleged cases of alien abduction and demonic night-time...

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Study shows how our brains remain active during familiar, repetitive tasks

14 Jul 2020

New research, based on earlier results in mice, suggests that our brains are never at rest, even when we are not learning anything about the world...

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Mouse model of Alzheimer's disease

Antibody designed to recognise pathogens of Alzheimer’s disease

25 May 2020

Researchers have found a way to design an antibody that can identify the toxic particles that destroy healthy brain cells – a potential advance in...

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AI successfully used to identify different types of brain injuries

15 May 2020

Researchers have developed an AI algorithm that can detect and identify different types of brain injuries.

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Contaminating a fake rubber hand could help people overcome OCD, study suggests

09 Jan 2020

The famous, but bizarre, ‘rubber hand illusion’ could help people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder overcome their condition without the...

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Women in STEM: Stepheni Uh

24 Oct 2019

Stepheni Uh is a PhD candidate in the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Here, she tells us about her research...

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Scientists identify possible source of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ in the brain

01 Jul 2019

Scientists have identified mechanisms in the human brain that could help explain the phenomenon of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ – the unsettling feeling we...

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Virtual reality can spot navigation problems in early Alzheimer’s disease

24 May 2019

Virtual reality (VR) can identify early Alzheimer’s disease more accurately than ‘gold standard’ cognitive tests currently in use, suggests new...

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Study identifies our ‘inner pickpocket’

21 May 2019

Researchers have identified how the human brain is able to determine the properties of a particular object using purely statistical information: a...

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New approach to drug discovery could lead to personalised treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders

08 May 2019

Researchers have developed a method that could drastically accelerate the search for new drugs to treat mental health disorders such as schizophrenia.

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Blood pressure drug shows promise for treating Parkinson’s and dementia in animal studies

18 Apr 2019

A prescription drug to treat high blood pressure has shown promise against conditions such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and forms of dementia in...

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Location of neurons predicting partner’s choices superimposed on a stained section through one animal’s amygdala. Colours indicate different nuclei.

‘Mindreading’ neurons simulate decisions of social partners

12 Apr 2019

Scientists have identified special types of brain cells that may allow us to simulate the decision-making processes of others, thereby reconstructing...

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