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Music Lessons Benefit Babies

By Jef Akst | May 11, 2012

One year olds smile more and communicate better if they participate in interactive music classes with their parents.

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In Chapter 12, "The Opium Fields," author Marc Lewis recounts one night spent in the brain chemistry-bending grip of opium addiction.

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May 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the April 2012 issue of The Scientist.

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Dopamine: Duality of Desire

By Marc Lewis | May 1, 2012

Being an ex-drug-addict turned neuroscientist brings a unique insight into the physiological and phenomenological realities of addiction.

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The Sound of Color

By Jef Akst | May 1, 2012

A completely colorblind musician and painter perceives the world in a new way with help from technology.

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Pigeon GPS Identified

By Megan Scudellari | April 26, 2012

A population of neurons in pigeon brains encodes direction, intensity, and polarity of the Earth’s magnetic field.

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New Brain Stem Cell

By Cristina Luiggi | April 23, 2012

Progenitor cells discovered in the brain’s small blood vessels have the capacity to differentiate into neurons and other tissue types.

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Brain Controls Paralyzed Muscles

By Ed Yong | April 18, 2012

A new system decodes brain signals from the motor cortex of monkeys and translates them into basic arm movements, despite temporary paralysis.

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Forgetting Drug Addiction

By Cristina Luiggi | April 16, 2012

Researchers weaken the memories of drug use in recovering addicts.

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Monkeys “Read” Writing

By Megan Scudellari | April 12, 2012

Baboons are able to distinguish printed English words from nonsense sequences of letters—the first step in the reading process.

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