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By Aggie Mika | October 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the October 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans

By Jef Akst | September 27, 2017

The birds’ ability to multitask may be attributable to a more densely packed cerebral cortex, scientists propose.

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How Microbes May Influence Our Behavior

By Amy Lewis | September 1, 2017

Researchers are piecing together the links between the gut microbiome and mental health.

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Rats that Run Have Better Memory

By Jef Akst | August 14, 2017

Male rodents given access to a running wheel early in life show increased neural activity and improved memory as adults.

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New methods could propel investigation of neural “PGO” wave patterns that may underlie critical aspects of visual experience, dreaming, and even psychosis.

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The Evolutionary Roots of Instinct

By Becca Cudmore | July 17, 2017

Did behaviors that seem ingrained become fixed through epigenetic mechanisms and ancestral learning?

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A protein found in human umbilical cord plasma improves synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory in aged mice.

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John Iversen Explores our Perception of Musical Rhythm

By Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan | March 1, 2017

At the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, the researcher studies the neurobiology of music perception.

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Researchers investigate the unusual association of musical sounds with tastes or colors through the lens of another perceptual quirk.

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Meeting BRAMS

By The Scientist Staff | March 1, 2017

Visit the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research, located in Montreal, to see the research seeking to decipher humans’ relationship to music.

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