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      October 22, 2012Mind & Brain

      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...
      August 14, 2007The Sciences

      Fingering the Neural Perp in Parkinson's

      New study finds it's not just dopamine-producing cells, but likely ones that secrete norepinephrine, as well, that kick-start the movement disorder
      June 2, 2021Cognition

      Pupil Size Is a Marker of Intelligence

      There is a surprising correlation between baseline pupil size and several measures of cognitive ability
      October 31, 2013Mind & Brain

      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...
      January 1, 2004Mind & Brain

      Sussing Out Stress

      Chronic stress makes people sick. But how? And how might we prevent those ill effects?
      September 1, 2003Mental Health

      Taming Stress

      New insights into the neurology of anxiety and depression—and how stress feeds them
      November 1, 2016Mental Health

      Female Stress—a Faster, Stronger Response

      The male and female responses to stress are biologically different. What does that mean for treating PTSD, depression and other disorders?
      January 1, 1998Mind & Brain

      Don't Stress

      It is now known to cause developmental problems, weight gain and neurodegeneration
      November 1, 1978Mind & Brain

      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...
      August 1, 1977Mind & Brain

      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...
      February 1, 1967

      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...
      October 1, 1985

      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...
      January 1, 2004Mind & Brain

      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
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