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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

    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
    Why Migraines Strike

    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
    Sussing Out Stress

    Sussing Out Stress

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

    January 1, 2004 — Hermann Englert
    Don't Stress

    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

    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
    Second Messengers in the 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

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

    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
    The Quest to Find Consciousness

    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