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Sleeping Beauty: magic or hypocretin?

Picture this: the prince has won his way past the dragon, past the huge walls of briars. He paces slowly through the sleeping castle, toward the tower where the princess lies, in a deep, deep sleep.

October 22, 2012 — Scicurious

Sussing Out Stress

Chronic stress makes people sick. But how? And how might we prevent those ill effects?

January 1, 2004 — Hermann Englert

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 31, 2013 — Princess Ojiaku

Don't Stress

It is now known to cause developmental problems, weight gain and neurodegeneration

January 1, 1998 — Kristin Leutwyler

The Reward System of the Brain

Two decades ago it was discovered that the brain has "pleasure centers." These centers are now seen as belonging to a system of pathways that appear to play a role in learning and memory

November 1, 1978 — Aryeh Routtenberg

The States of Sleep

Light and deep sleep differ physiologically, deep sleep having much in common with being awake. Studies with cats now suggest that the two states of sleep are induced by different biochemical secretions

February 1, 1967 — Michel Jouvet

Second Messengers in the Brain

Nerve cells communicate by secreting neurotransmitters. These chemical messages are translated by "second messengers" within the cell into transient and longer-lasting physiological actions

August 1, 1977 — Paul Greengard and James A. Nathanson

The Molecular Basis of Communication between Cells

Chemical messengers mediate long-range hormonal communication and short-range communication between nerve cells. The two systems differ in directness, but some messenger molecules are common to both

October 1, 1985 — Solomon H. Snyder

The Quest to Find Consciousness

By studying the brain's physical processes, scientists are seeking clues about how the subjective inner life of the mind arises

January 1, 2004 — Gerard Roth

The Neurobiology of Depression

The search for biological underpinnings of depression is intensifying. Emerging findings promise to yield better therapies for a disorder that too often proves fatal

June 1, 1998 — Charles B. Nemeroff

Why Migraines Strike

Biologists finally are unraveling the medical mysteries of migraine, from aura to pain

August 1, 2008 — David W. Dodick and J. Jay Gargus

Aging Brain, Aging Mind

Late in life the human brain suffers attrition of certain neurons and undergoes chemical alterations. Yet for many people, these changes do not add up to a noticeable decline in intelligence

September 1, 1992 — Dennis J. Selkoe