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Content: Volume 6, Issue 3

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The biological reality of psychosomatic disease

The idea that our brains influence our physical and mental health is both commonplace and somewhat taboo. We've heard that exercise can cheer us up, and stress can make us queasy, but the placebo effect "fools" us into getting well. Such mind-body connections, essential for... click to read more

  • Richard P. Dum | Professor at Systems Neuroscience Center, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and Departments of Neurobiology University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute, Pittsburgh, USA
  • David J. Levinthal | Professor at University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, USA
  • Peter L. Strick | Professor at Systems Neuroscience Center, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and Departments of Neurobiology University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute, Pittsburgh, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 12, 2020
Are planets with oxygen-rich atmospheres rare?

Complex life on Earth requires oxygen. Understanding how oxygen levels have evolved on our planet can provide an insight into our own evolution and the possibility of complex life evolving elsewhere. Current theories suggest that Earth's O2 levels have risen three times over its 4.5... click to read more

  • Lewis Alcott | PhD student at University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • Benjamin Mills | Associate Professor at University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
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Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 11, 2020
Genes that influence handedness alter brain architecture

For at least 10,000 years, approximately 90% of humans have preferred using the right hand over the left. The question of why about one in ten people are left-handed has fascinated scientists for centuries, but no clear answer has yet emerged. We already knew that genetic... click to read more

  • Akira Wiberg | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Gwenaëlle Douaud | Associate Professor at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Dominic Furniss | Associate Professor at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
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Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 10, 2020
How Does Memory Guide Learning? Birds Can Answer

Memory is how our past experiences shape our behavior in the future. For example, as children, we form memories of our parents and other people speaking and use those memories to learn spoken language ourselves. Forming memories cause changes to many different regions of our... click to read more

  • Wenchan Zhao | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Todd F. Roberts | Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA
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published on Aug 7, 2020
The importance of being tested

Imagine the global threat of a potentially lethal virus, showing up in mainland China and rapidly spreading worldwide, for which no effective treatments or vaccines are available. A few months ago, this would have been nothing more than a book or a movie plot. Unfortunately, it... click to read more

  • Giulia Giordano | Assistant Professor at Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento, Trento, Italy
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published on Jul 15, 2020