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Book Excerpt from Jane on the Brain

By | December 1, 2017

In chapter 3, “The Sense of Sensibility,” author Wendy Jones uses scenes from one of Jane Austen’s most celebrated novels to illustrate the functioning of the body’s stress response system.

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Aggressive little marine predators, mantis shrimps possess a mushroom body that appears identical to the one found in insects.

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Sense, Sensibility, and Neuroscience

By | December 1, 2017

Jane Austen can teach us a lot about how our brains handle uncertainty.

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An Eye Scan for Alzheimer’s Disease?

By | November 1, 2017

Researchers aim for a routine screen to detect the neurodegenerative disease—decades before symptoms appear.

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Contributors

By | November 1, 2017

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

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Fast-Tracking Sexual Maturation

By | November 1, 2017

The brains and bodies of young female rats can be accelerated into puberty by the presence of an older male or by stimulation of the genitals.

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Flickers of Hope

By | November 1, 2017

Li-Huei Tsai began her career in cancer biology, then took a fearless leap into neuroscience, making singular breakthroughs along the way.

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Implanted Magnetic Probes Measure Brain Activity

By | November 1, 2017

Micrometer-size magnetrodes detect activity-generated magnetic fields within living brains.

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Kyle Smith Shines a Light on Addiction

By | November 1, 2017

The Dartmouth College professor uses optogenetics to probe the neurological routes of habitual behavior.

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Lessons in Memory from a Champ

By | November 1, 2017

A four-time winner of the USA Memory Championship is helping scientists understand how the brain works.

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