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The neuronal coverings that mediate synaptic changes are involved in everything from memory to psychiatric disorders, affecting autism, Alzheimer’s, and addiction.

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Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.

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image: Advancing Techniques Reveal the Brain’s Impressive Diversity

Advancing Techniques Reveal the Brain’s Impressive Diversity

By Sara B. Linker, Tracy A. Bedrosian, and Fred H. Gage | November 1, 2017

No two neurons are alike. What does that mean for brain function?

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Decoding the Tripping Brain

By Diana Kwon | September 1, 2017

Scientists are beginning to unravel the mechanisms behind the therapeutic effects of psychedelic drugs.

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Thirty Years of Progress

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2016

Since The Scientist published its first issue in October 1986, life-science research has transformed from a manual and often tedious task to a high-tech, largely automated process of unprecedented efficiency.

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A Face to Remember

By Kerry Grens | November 1, 2014

Once dominated by correlational studies, face-perception research is moving into the realm of experimentation—and gaining tremendous insight.

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Neuroaesthetics

By Anjan Chatterjee | May 1, 2014

Researchers unravel the biology of beauty and art.

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Tuning the Brain

By Andres Lozano | October 28, 2013

Deep-brain stimulation is allowing neurosurgeons to adjust the neural activity in specific brain regions to treat thousands of patients with myriad neurological disorders.

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