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Newly Identified Neural Signature of Drug Craving Could Predict Drug Use
The signature could one day be used to improve treatment planning for people with substance abuse disorders.
Newly Identified Neural Signature of Drug Craving Could Predict Drug Use
Newly Identified Neural Signature of Drug Craving Could Predict Drug Use

The signature could one day be used to improve treatment planning for people with substance abuse disorders.

The signature could one day be used to improve treatment planning for people with substance abuse disorders.

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Same Parts of the Brain Control Processing of Dozens of Languages
Andy Carstens | Jul 21, 2022 | 4 min read
While much is known about how the brains of English speakers process language, research has neglected people who speak other languages. The Scientist spoke with one of the authors of a study that seeks to change that.
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Power Shortages Dim Results of Many Neuroimaging Studies
Angie Voyles Askham, Spectrum | Mar 17, 2022 | 4 min read
Low participant numbers render the results of many studies based on brain scans unreliable, an analysis finds.
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What Scientists Learned by Putting Octopuses in MRI Machines
Chloe Tenn | Jan 20, 2022 | 3 min read
The size and complexity of cephalopod brain structures differ depending on the habitats the creatures occupy, a study finds.
The Brain Interprets Spoken and Written Language the Same Way
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2019 | 2 min read
Neural activity associated with the meaning of words is independent of whether those words are read or listened to, a study finds.
Neural Patterns of Consciousness Identified
Ruth Williams | Feb 6, 2019 | 3 min read
Imaging of the human brain reveals constellations of activity associated with conscious and unconscious states.
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Cerebellum Does “Quality Control” for Our Thoughts: Study
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2018 | 4 min read
FMRI data uncover wide variation in network organization between individuals in this oft-neglected brain region.
Monkeys Pass on Brain Activity Patterns Linked to Anxiety
Ashley Yeager | Jul 30, 2018 | 2 min read
Humans might also inherit such brain changes, a new study suggests.
Are the Brains of Transgender People Different from Those of Cisgender People?
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2018 | 10+ min read
Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.
Infographic: Searching for the Neural Basis of Gender
Shawna Williams | Feb 28, 2018 | 1 min read
Brain studies have yielded a mixed picture of the neural similarities and differences between people of different genders.
Infant Brain Scans May Predict Autism Diagnosis
Jef Akst | Feb 16, 2017 | 2 min read
A computer algorithm can identify the brains of autism patients with moderate accuracy based on scans taken at six months and one year of age.
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