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      September 20, 2007Mind

      Neurons for Good and Bad Surprises

      A recent study with monkeys finds that the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain, has neurons that fire for good surprises, and different neurons that fire for bad surprises.
      October 31, 2013Mind

      Spooky music is spookier with your eyes closed

      It’s Halloween. You’re listening to some creepy, scary music. Maybe it sounds like something like this* – SCARY! You are lying still, attending to the emotional qualities of the music...
      October 26, 2012Mind

      How We Process Horrible Sounds

      Researchers develop a model for how we find certain sounds, like nails on a chalkboard, unbearable. Christie Nicholson reports
      November 27, 2017Mental Health

      Nice Brains Finish Last

      More “prosocial” brains are more prone to depression, study suggests
      September 1, 2011Mind

      The Stress of Crowds

      City dwellers may handle pressure differently from those who live in less populated areas
      January 1, 2012Mind

      Certain Neurons Respond Specifically to Animals

      Discovery hints at evolutionary importance of animals to human survival
      March 1, 2013Health

      Urban Living Raises the Risk of Emotional Disorders

      Mounting evidence shows how city living can harm our mental health
      November 17, 2011Mind

      SfN Neuroblogging: PTSD in twins

      We hear a lot about PTSD these days, and with good reason. As more people confront trauma and come away with severely debilitating disorders, it becomes that much more important to understand the mechanism, in order to find ways to treat or prevent it...
      July 15, 2013Mind

      When feeling anxious, it really does help to get more sleep

      It seems like the worst sort of cycle. The less sleep you get, the less effective you are. Then you have more to do, get more stressed, and stay up trying to get it all done (or lie awake stressing about it)...
      January 12, 2017Neuroscience

      Lasers Activate Killer Instinct in Mice

      Stimulating certain areas of the animals’ brains can trigger predatory behaviors including biting and grabbing
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